The USAID and CIMMYT have launched USD 21.4 million 5-year project to support agricultural mechanization targeting some 243,000 farmers in Bangladesh.
Under the project, manufacturers will be trained to develop and adopt new agri-machinery technology to build competitively priced machines and spare parts. The initiative also aims to help marketers and service providers have access to credit to purchase machinery.
It aims to generate USD 5 million farm machinery sales and attract USD 3 million worth of financing by the financial services sector for all in the agri-machinery value chain by the end of the project.
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