A total of 18 participants from ten leading feed companies, including their respective agents, large traders and Trader Outgrower Schemes (T-OS) implementers participated in the workshop. Deputy Directors of RDA, Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Mr. Abdullah Al Mamun, Mr. Mohammad Munsur Rahman, PhD and Md. Nurul Amin, attended the event as participants while Mrs. Nargis Jahan, Director- Training and Acting Director General, convened as the Chairperson of the event. Mr. Md. Abdur Rashid, PhD, Project Director, M4C and Mr. AKM Zakaria, PhD, former Project Director, M4C, also graced the event.
The participants received a briefing on CDRC, covering its role as a knowledge hub and active platform in ensuring public and private sector investment in chars. It was followed by a brief presentation on M4C’s project interventions and outcomes, with a focus on quality maize production in chars through distribution of quality agri-inputs by agri-input companies and implementation of the T-OS model. Large traders from Gaibandha and Sirajganj shared the problems they face in char regions. Representatives of the feed mills showed an interest in purchasing maize from chars due to the focus on higher production and quality of char maize. The participants suggested that CDRC develop the capacity of the local traders, including components on access to finance and literacy on post-harvest processing and handling, and establish collection points in maize-producing districts to facilitate the purchasing process.
M4C is a project mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Ministry of LGRD & Cooperatives, Government of Bangladesh, and implemented by Swisscontact in collaboration with RDA, Bogra.