Baddayshashon Collection Points
A Collection Point (CP) is a physical trading place for producers and farmers suffering from a lack of market linkages, information, and access to better transportation systems. People are dependent on market systems for their livelihoods. Changing those market systems to work more effectively and sustainably for them will improve their livelihoods and consequently reduce poverty. CPs offer sufficient support from the buyers for small-scale producers by providing proper access to the local market. CPs act as additional support to households to turn around consumption and sales of their produce. Local farmers can bring agricultural commodities from their farms where buyers from all locations can purchase the available commodity at mutually agreed prices and conditions.
A. Malik Fazlu is a farmer and president of Baddayshason CP at Kulaura, Moulvibazar since its establishment in November 2017. Fazlu mostly grows green vegetables and seasonal vegetables. “The collection point is near my house and is just one kilometer away for most farmers. We have around 50 - 60 producers coming to the collection point to sell their produce,” said Fazlu. The purpose of CPs is to develop a direct linkage between farmers and buyers, which helps farmers to cultivate market demand-based produce, and demand higher prices. This facilitates access to small producers especially woman producers to sell their extra produce after consumption and earn. CPs reduce different types of distress selling and bring services required by the producer to increase productivity. “We encourage female producers to come and sell their extra produce. For instance, even if one woman brings in two gourds from her homestead farm, we will sell the vegetables to the buyer,” said Fazlu. Since the CP’s establishment in 2017, it has helped many households and producers to easily sell their products to buyers and earn money. Buyers come and purchase crops worth approximately BDT 130,000 to BDT 170,000 on a monthly basis with an increased trend every year.
“We are saving both time and money through the collection point. It is helping farmers with production planning, selling their produce, and eventually encouraging them to increase their production increasing their household incomes.”
A.Malik Fazlu, 59 Kulaura, Moulvibazar
Prior to the establishment of the CPs, Fazlu said, farmers had to travel 5 km to 8 km every time they wanted to sell their produce. But now, they can decrease the logistical and transportation costs and save money.
“We are saving both time and money through the collection point. It is helping farmers with production planning, selling their produce, and eventually encourages them to increase their production and household incomes,” said Fazlu.
The benefits of collection points include:
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