Bangladesh strives to increase rice production

Bangladesh’s agriculture minister Razak recently told the media that Bangladesh will maintain the momentum of increasing rice production this year, and the government will continue to focus on ensuring food security in the future. In recent months, the government has formulated a series of incentive policies aimed at promoting grain production, striving to increase the annual output of rice to 54 million tons by 2040.

Bangladesh is located in the Ganges Delta, with low-lying terrain and dense water network. It belongs to tropical monsoon climate and is very suitable for rice planting. Rice, which is three crops a year, is the most widely planted crop in the region. More than 50% of the labor force in China is engaged in rice planting, accounting for 78% of the arable land, making it the fourth largest rice producer in the world.

Due to the saturation of arable land development, Bangladesh has made greater efforts to promote agricultural science and technology, continuously introduced and improved high-quality rice varieties, and expanded investment in agricultural supporting facilities. At present, the average yield of rice per mu in China has increased from about 200 kg to 300 kg, and the annual output has increased significantly from 10 million tons in 1971 to 35 million tons.

With the support and help of all parties, Bangladesh has gradually popularized agricultural technologies such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In 2015, China complete equipment import and Export Group Co., Ltd. built the largest chemical fertilizer plant in Bangladesh – sharjala chemical fertilizer plant, with an annual output of 390000 tons of chemical fertilizer.

Hybrid rice technology is an important way to increase the yield of rice per mu in Bangladesh. Under the framework of China Bangladesh Agricultural cooperation, China has provided Bangladesh with hybrid rice varieties and trained hundreds of Bangladesh hybrid rice planting technicians in batches. In 2016, China and Bangladesh jointly bred and successfully screened 35 rainy season rice varieties and 13 dry season rice varieties with popularization value. The average yield per mu of new hybrid rice can reach 570kg.

With the increase of rice production, more and more agricultural labor force in Bangladesh has entered the industrial field. The development of light industry led by textile industry and garment manufacturing industry has accelerated to promote economic growth. In November 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Bangladesh’s graduation from the ranks of least developed countries.

Source: People’s daily

Post time: Apr-25-2022