PACE successfully starts avocado production in Bangladesh
Avocado, an exotic high value nutritious fruit, is being successfully cultivated in the northern part of Bangladesh under the ‘Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises (PACE)’ project of PKSF. In July 2020, the project provided 80 avocado plants to farmers in Sapahar upazila of Naogaon district under the ‘Expansion of High-value Fruit and Crop Cultivation Technology Transfer’ sub-project being implemented through Dabi Moulik Unnayan Sangstha, a Partner Organization of PKSF. So far, 45 avocado fruits have been grown on 7 plants, which will be harvested in the last week of August.
Avocado usually grows in Mexico and America. Every year, 40-45 kg of avocado fruits are collected from one avocado tree. In Bangladesh, it is sold between BDT 1,000 and BDT 1,500 per kg in super shops. As the soil and weather of Naogaon are favourable for avocado production, farmers in the area now have a new opportunity to boost their income.
The PACE project introduces various high-value crop and fruit cultivation technologies in Bangladesh to augment income of small farmers. So far, PACE has expanded cultivation of dragon fruits, coffee beans, avocado, Taiwanese mango and barhi date in different regions of the country.