H.E. René Holenstein, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, along with a team from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), visited Katalyst’s activities in Jessore on 26 Dec 2017. During his day-long schedule, he attended a farmer meeting conducted by Katalyst’s partner, Petrochem ltd. for creating awareness to vegetable farmers on toll-free agricultural helpline. The SDC team, also interacted both male and female farmers, input dealers and private partner about the missed call based customer care service.
Then, the team traveled to Narail Upzilla, to visit a fish hatchery. There, the Ambassador observed the process of brood rearing for high value species such as, Tilopia, Pangus and koi. Katalyst partnered with Bangladesh Fisheries Research forum (BFRF) to introduce commercially available training and consultancy services to hatcheries on modern hatchery management, high value species brood management and production techniques.
The visit was accompanied by Anirban Bhowmik, Country Director, #Swisscontact and Ashfaq Enayetullah, Deputy General Manager, with other team members from Katalyst.
Prior to this visit, H.E. Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, and Derek George, Deputy Director, Private Sector Development, (SDC), paid a visit to Katalyst project office on 14 Dec 2017, to join a sharing session, where the team explained the journey of the project since its inception in 2002 till now.