Welcome to PCU, NATP

Welcome to PCU, NATP

The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) has been implementing the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) with the financial assistance from the World Bank (through IDA credit) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to address the upcoming issues and emerging challenges in agriculture, particularly food security. NATP is the first 5-year phase of a long term (15 years) program to support GOB’s strategy to increase national agricultural productivity and farm incomes. Its focus is on revitalizing the agricultural technology system that includes agricultural research, extension and development of supply chain.

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The Project has four components viz. agricultural research support component, agricultural extension support component, supply chain development component and project coordination and management component. These components are being implemented through 7 implementing units. These are: i) Project Coordination Unit (PCU),Ministry of Agriculture (MOA); ii) Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC); iii) Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE); iv) Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Department of Fisheries (DOF); v) Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Department of Livestock Services (DLS); vi) Krishi Gobeshona Foundation (KGF); and vii) Hortex Foundation (Hortex).

As per DPP provision, the project activities were planned to start from July 2007 but the project loan became effective on 25 March 2008, and therefore, the NATP Phase-1 is considered commenced on 25 March 2008. Thus, different components initiated their activities in October 2008 after the release of PA funds. Many of the projects implementing units were established in the FY 2008-2009. Thus, they could not initiate all activities during the year 2008-2009. During 2009-2010, all units were fully operational and initiated all activities in full swing.

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