Bangladesh. Food grain production up by 13pc in six years

27.12.2016

Productions of three major food grains have increased by 13 per cent in the last six years, according to latest official statistics.

Rice yield was up by 8.59 per cent to strengthen further the food security, said a BSS report.

The figures showed that rice production rose to 35.0 million tonnes from 32.25 million tonnes, wheat to nearly 1.4 million tonnes from 0.97 million tonnes and maize yield jumped to over 2.5 million tonnes while the volume was only 1.37 million tonnes six years ago.

Being the sample food of the country rice, however, covered a larger area of cultivation while maize, still being produced to feed the poultry firms and livestock sector, seasonally occupy a smaller area of land.

Officials and experts preferred to tally the volume of grain production with vegetable yield and non-crop sectors like fisheries and livestock to analyze the extent of self sufficiency in food production.

Former member director of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) and director general of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) Dr Jahangir Alam said non-crop sector like fisheries and livestock also grew by five per cent particularly in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

"If the growth rate is sustained we will be self-sufficient in the vegetable production in the next 10 years, while by now we nearly became self-sufficient in food grain production," he said.

Department of Agricultural Extension's (DAE) director general Hamidur Rahman said compared to the global average Bangladesh's food grain production was higher largely due to "policy support, timely supply of agricultural inputs to farmers and their access to credit". -Asfar



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