The Sustainable Soil Management Component (SSMC) of the OCP Foundation Agricultural Development Project
SSMC aims to improve soil management to enhance yields and farmers’ incomes under resilient production systems in Bangladesh. The project is funded by the OCP Foundation, with additional in-kind contributions from IFDC and Government of Bangladesh research and extension agencies.
Improving Production Techniques and Market Knowledge
The project works side-by-side with the Department of Agricultural Extension, the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute to assist rice, maize, wheat, potato, and lentil farmers to improve soil management and crop production. Specifically, the project works to:
1) Evaluate the role of secondary and micronutrients on crop productivity as affected by soil acidity. This includes the application of various compound fertilizers in an integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) framework.
2) Promote balanced plant nutrient solutions and good agricultural practices for improving crop productivity, crop profitability, and soil fertility, working through extension workers and agro-input retailers.
Targeting Smallholder Farmers in Northwestern Bangladesh
The project is targeting 4,000 farmers, working together with agro-input retailers and Government of Bangladesh research and extension agencies.