A Half-yearly Peer Reviewed Journal of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute

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Despite the increased recognition of the significance of market dynamics of homestead
forestry, research on the subject has remained strikingly limited. This research focuses on selected
aspects of marketing of homestead forestry products in two areas (Habilashdip and Chunati
Unions) in the district of Chittagong. The study mainly probes into principal actors in the market,
channel of marketing (for example grower-middlemen, middlemen-consumer etc.) the trends on
domestic consumption and sale of homestead agroforestry products, and the major problems (for
example absence of cooperative, poor storage facility, middlemen dependency) associated with
marketing. A number of measures for better marketing of homestead agroforestry products have
been suggested. The article ends with an exhortation for increased research on marketing of
homestead forestry.


Agroforestry is not a new concept in Bangladesh. This concept has been practising
in this country for a long time. A case study of financial analysis on agroforestry
research conducted at Ichamati Research Centre under Chittagong district was done.
Tire financial analysis of both the tree crops and agricultural crops has been done
separately and combinedly. The trees were considered as fuelwood with six years
rotation. In both the cases, tire result is found to be negative. The present worth of
benefit is Tk. 12,610 (US$1 = Tk. 40/-) and the present worth of cost is Tk. 44,947. The
net present worth is Tk. 32,337 with a benefit-cost ratio of 0.28. The agroforestry trial
would, however, be profitable if 18 years rotation of the trees with ploe values and
other intangible benefit are considered.

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