Stage 3: Proof of Concept
AIRN has trained 1,800 retailers on agronomic products, agro-business management and ethics, safe and judicious use of agro-chemicals, and high density nutritious crops. In addition to formal training AIP has also organized six local and two international study tours for 90 retailers. They received practical experience on agro-inputs business management, supply and best practices from local and international stakeholders.
In addition, AIRN has organized 168 demonstration plots for hands on learning of the retailers and farmers on quality agro-inputs and appropriate input application practices. Complying with USAID’s environmental requirements, the demonstration plots established exhibited a varietal performance of cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, brinjal, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, and chili. Pest and disease management of rice, maize, lentil, brinjal, and onion were also demonstrated in these demo plots.
Syngenta, ACI, Lal Teer Seed, BayerCrop Science and the USAID Ag Extension Project supported AIP to organize demonstrations. Approximately, 6,000 farmers (of which 456 were female) also got opportunity to learn from these demonstration plots.
September 2015:A total of 2,568 agro-retailers have joined AIRN from 76 upazillas in 19 districts in Barisal, Khulna and Dhaka divisions. Among these members, 1,504 have attained “accredited status” following basic training on business management, agronomy and safe use of crop protection products. AIRN is progressing towards securing GOB registration as an agro-inputs training organization.
June 2015:AIP is working to create and/or support at least 300 women-run agro-input enterprises, a potential venture for women in 20 southern districts. To realize this goal, the project is providing matching grants to potential female entrepreneurs, underscored by increased knowledge and capacity through training, mentoring, and input demonstrations.AIP, with support from three partner NGOs, AVAS, Ashroy Foundation and Banchte Shekha, has organized 35 public meetings with 1,647 participants to advertise grant opportunities. To date (June 2015), the project has awarded 50 matching grants.
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