Seed Production and Marketing
Seed is the foundation of agriculture for enhancing crop production. The use of quality seed can contribute significantly to increase crop yield as well as to increase the availability of every day's food intake. It is reported that seeds as an input may enhance crop production by 10-15%. But the availability of quality seed is the main constraint to crop production in Bangladesh. The production of quality seed is thus very important and therefore the government has given 'Topmost Priority' to seed sector. To address the problem, Padakhep has also launched seed production and marketing program mainly for ensuring quality seed at farmer's level. Initially Padakhep's initiative was limited to production of rice seeds only, however from 2011-2012 it has been producing maize production as a part of its expanded program.
Padakhep generally produce rice seeds in Sadar, Birol and Birgonj Upazilas of Dinajpur district. The organization is producing maize seeds in collaboration with two private agencies- CP Bangladesh Ltd. and A H Agro Complex in Birol and Birgonj upazilas of Dinajpur district and Gangachara upazila of Rangpur district.