Mechanized Agriculture

Bangladesh is a nation of about 160 million people, living on about 50,000 sq miles (about the size of the state of Wisconsin in the USA). 45% of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector with rice as the single-most-important product. The leading producers of rice, measured in metric tons in 2010, in the world are as follows

  1.  China: 197,212,010
  2. India: 120,620,000
  3. Indonesia: 66,411,500
  4. Bangladesh: 49,355,000
  5. Vietnam: 39,988,900
  6. Myanmar: 33,204,500
  7. Thailand: 31,597,200
  8. Philippines: 15,771,700
  9. Brazil: 11,308,900
  10. United States of America: 11,027,000

metric tons, producers of rice, 2010

Bangladesh with a land area of around the US state of Wisconsin, produces more than 4 times the rice produced in the entire USA.

The cultivation of rice involves three major steps or phases:

  1. Plowing
  2. Transplanting
  3. Harvesting and threshing

Among the major rice producing countries, Bangladesh (BD) has the lowest level of mechanization. Plowing is currently mostly done by small tillers or medium sized tractors. Mechanization of transplanting and harvesting is only in the demonstration phase in BD. The harvesting and threshing is very labor intensive, and quite seasonal. Thus harvesting is considered a major pain point in BD agriculture.

Ansar Energy Bangladesh Ltd (AEBL) is currently focused on mechanized harvesting and threshing in BD to address a major requirement in BD, with no major competitor.
You can learn more about rice, and rice in BD by visiting the following websites:

International Rice Research Institute http://irri.org/
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute http://www.brri.gov.bd/