Lal Teer Seed Limited is the first Research-based and the largest seed company in private sector of Bangladesh since 1995. Being only ISO 9001:2008 certified seed company in the country, it is engaged to develop, produce, process and market high yielding seeds of good quality to develop sustainable foundation of agriculture and food security of the country and the world at large.
The company develops high yielding year round nutritious and ecologically sustainable crop varieties for supply to the growers to alleviate the nutritional deficiency of the population of the country.
Lal Teer at present is marketing 131 varieties of 33 vegetable crops in the country. The numbers of hybrid as of today are 55 and Open Pollinated (OP) varieties are 76. It has also 9 hybrid and 5 HYV rice varieties, 3 hybrid maize, 2 hybrid cotton, 3 hybrid varieties of flower, 2 varieties of Jute, and 1 variety each of Potato, Mustard, Mung bean and Lentil.
The Research and Development (R&D) Department of the company has 16 qualified and experienced breeders including 4 Ph.D holders engaged in research to develop varieties and technologies in two research centers.
Countrywide adaptation trials are conducted in 30 agro-ecological zones by Product Development Service (PDS) group to observe the product performance in different climatic conditions for sustainability.
About 6,200 contract growers along with 28,173 workers (80% are women) in 14 different production zones are producing the best quality vegetable seeds under direct supervision of highly skilled and well trained agriculturists.
In 2010, rice research program was initiated and presently 15 scientists have been working in the project. Meanwhile, we are producing hybrid rice seeds locally in collaboration with the Chinese companies. However, we have achieved a significant success in hybrid rice development. At this moment, we have more than 100 employees in our rice seed production program, most of them having agricultural background.
Lal Teer has got the state of the art facility for the processing, preservation and quality control of produced seeds and germ plasm. Fully automated dehumidified conditioned storage facility, seed grading and coating mechanism ensure the quality of seed. The company presently has the storage capacity of 1000 metric tons for vegetable seed and 1500 metric tons for cereal and other crops seed.
Lal Teer is devoted to reach the quality seeds to farmers’ doorstep in the quickest possible time by distributing the order within 24 hours from receiving.
Lal Teer is using IFS an ERP solution in Sales, Distribution and Finance Departments to enhance our quality and efficiency.To ensure an easy access of farmers to quality seeds, there are 32 Regional Marketing Offices, more than 1000 registered dealers, 45,000 retailers and mobile seed vendors across the country. Altogether, we cover the supply of our seeds to each and every village of the country.
Lal Teer has an independent training wing through which about half a million farmers, 5,500 contract growers, 22,000 mobile seed vendors, 15,000 dealers and retailers have been trained also 215,000 opinion exchange meetings were conducted among the grass root level farmers where 66 million farmers received technical knowhow.
After attainment of success in the country through different initiatives, it stepped into export of seeds in international arena. This initiative is a remarkable milestone in seed sector of Bangladesh. This is not only our achievement but also reflects on the progress of Bangladesh as a player in the global agriculture sector.
Lal Teer has been working with many renowned research organizations like BARI, BRRI, BJRI, Khulna University at home and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Jute Study Group (IJSG), Win-all High-Tech Seed, China, Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC), Taiwan, Cornell University, USA, Beijing Genome Institute (BGI), China, etc. in abroad.
To care the farmer’s interest, Lal Teer also have been working with many renowned development and cooperation partners like IFC-SEDF, USAID-PRICE project, KATALYST, HELVETUS-Bangladesh, Winrock International, CARE- Bangladesh, Action for Enterprise(AFE), International Development Enterprise(IDE), etc.
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