Food security concerns prompt Bangladesh to mobilise efforts for enhanced output

Food security concerns prompt Bangladesh to mobilise efforts for enhanced output, According to officials present today, the government set an increased rice production target for the current fiscal year in response to concerns about global food security that were brought on by supply uncertainties. According to representatives of the Agricultural Extension Department (DAE), they set a target for the production of rice for the current fiscal year that is 2.5 million tonnes higher than the target for 2021–2022, in accordance with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives.

Food security concerns prompt Bangladesh to mobilise efforts for enhanced output

 

Food security concerns prompt Bangladesh to mobilise efforts for enhanced output

 

“We are trying to promote new high yielding varieties (HYVs) of rice and some other crops including wheat and equip farmers with knowledge of new production techniques,” DAE director general M Benjir Alam told BSS. He said DAE extension officials, all being agriculturists, were asked to monitor the cultivation process and assist farmers with technical advices to fulfill the target of enhanced production of the country’s main staple.

DAE officials said the current fiscal’s rice production target exceeded by now, thanks to enhanced aman and aus rice yields, which made them confident largely to set the target of increased production in 2022-2023 fiscal. According to the DAE the country harvested 39.18 million tonnes of rice during the 2021-2022 while the target set for 2022-2023 is 41.5 million tonnes.

 

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Boro is the number one rice variety in terms of production, followed by aman and aus, while boro contributes 55 percent to the total rice yield whereas aman and aus’s stake is 38 percent and 7 percent, on an average. The premier in several recent remarks called for enhanced production in view of the global economic turmoil and supply chain disruptions due to the Russia-Ukraine war.

“We must enhance food production also taking into account increasing population size,” the DAE chief said. DAE set aush production target for the current fiscal at 3.7 million tonnes while the last year’s production was 3.2 million. Aman harvesting is still underway while the DAE forecasted surplus production of the verity during this year, predicting the volume to be 16.34 million tonnes.

 

Food security concerns prompt Bangladesh to mobilise efforts for enhanced output

 

Aman production in the most recent fiscal was 14.95 million tonnes. Compared to the 20.09 million tonnes of harvest during the previous fiscal year, DAE’s boro output objective is over 21.53 million tonnes. According to the DAE director general, his office set the target for 2022–2023 wheat production at nearly 1.2 million tonnes, up from the 1.08 million tonnes produced the previous year. The production of other important crops, such as vegetables, potatoes, lentils, oilseeds, onions, and various spices, has also been increased, according to Alam.

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