Agriculture accounts for around one third of Bangladesh’s gross domestic product (GDP) and more than 30% of the money it earns from exporting to other countries. Nearly two thirds of the country’s population works in agriculture, and around 80% depend on it to live.
The country’s major crop is rice, planted in 75% of farmland, with the remainder including high value vegetables, fruits and spices. Pests destroy between 10% and 25% of harvests, despite the estimated 49,000 tons of pesticides used by farmers every year.
Since beginning work in Bangladesh in 2004, Plantwise has set up 24 plant clinics in the country’s Dhaka, Gazipur, Tangail, Mymensing and Sherpur districts.
Knowledge Bank page for Bangladesh