IFDC Report, Volume 15, No. 3
This report provides an overview of the role of the private sector in the marketing and distribution of fertilizers in Bangladesh. Historically, the government was responsible for determining the types and quantities of imported fertilizers. However, through the USAID/IFDC project, the private sector has now been actively involved in this process. The increased use of fertilizers is crucial in improving agricultural productivity in Bangladesh, as the available land for crop production is limited. Introducing a free and competitive marketing system has led to record-breaking yields in crop production and significant cost savings for the national economy. Despite the growth in fertilizer use, average consumption in Bangladesh remains relatively low compared to other Asian countries. The involvement of over 50,000 private dealers in fertilizer marketing has increased accessibility and reduced prices for farmers. This report highlights the positive impact of private sector participation in the fertilizer industry and emphasizes the potential for further agricultural development in Bangladesh.
Public-Private Partnerships, Agricultural productivity, Fertilizers, Data management