Yanmar, a Japanese agricultural machinery company, suggested establishing a manufacturing unit in Bangladesh with the help of ACI motors to produce combine harvesters for paddy harvesting.
ACI Motors and Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque were present in the tripartite meeting where Sogo Det, the international business head of Yanmar, came up with the proposal of setting up the factory in Bangladesh. The demand for a combined harvester of Yanmar is very high, and it’s increasing day by day. “Yanmar plans to start producing domestically in 2024”, according to Sogo Det.
Yanmar was founded in 1912 at Osaka, Japan, to produce gasoline-powered engines. Later, it expanded its product line to include diesel engines, heavy machinery, and agricultural machines.
Razzaque mentioned the increasing shortage of agricultural workers in the meeting and said, “Labours are not available during the harvesting period. Besides, the production cost in traditional methods is much higher and time-consuming too.”
“As a result, the government is prioritizing agricultural mechanization, with machinery being provided to farmers at a 50% subsidy across the nation and a 70% subsidy in haor-coastal areas”, according to the minister.