H.E. Dan Mozena, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, visited Pirojpur in Barisal on 25 February 2014. The Ambassador visited a demonstration plot of maize cultivation, a joint initiative between Katalyst, The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Petrochem (input company). Katalyst, CIMMYT and Petrochem team were discussed of commercial maize cultivation in Barisal district.
Katalyst is facilitating Petrochem, to set up demonstration plots with CIMMYT beneficiaries in Barisal district, and supporting Petrochem to develop better distribution channel, to promote high yield of maize varieties in the region.
Katalyst is addressing constraints for Petrochem, related to backward and forward linkage in Barisal, by promoting contract farming. The Ambassador praised the joint effort of Katalyst, CIMMYT and Petrochem and shared valuable advice on long-term collaboration among them.