I inherited Annapurna Agro Service from my father, who had started the compost business in 1995 with a vision of enhancing the soil health of Bangladesh. But after ten years of business operation, we were struggling with the efficacy of the supply chain and this impacted our profitability. We initially relied on two models of compost sourcing: producing in our own facility and buying from farmers. We were unable to achieve the required production volume. That is when I got in touch with Katalyst, the project Swisscontact was implementing. The project supported our company to train farmers on the compost production process and helped to strengthen our distribution channel. The support also involved meetings with and demonstrations for farmers. Within the first year, we produced 300 tons and within four years, we produced 800 tons. Now, Annapurna produces 1500 tons and is serving in eight districts. In 2017, in recognition of our efforts, we received Bangladesh’s highest award in agriculture– the Gold Medal in Bangabandhu National Agri Award.
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