Country needs to produce 1.20 crore tonnes more rice by 2050New Age Online
Agronomists at a seminar on Friday said Bangladesh would have to produce additional 1.20 crore tonnes of rice to meet food demand by 2050.
They stressed the need for inventing more high yielding variety of crops to keep pace with the increasing population and its growing demand, as around 80,000 hectare of arable land is gradually decreasing every year.
Bangladesh is currently producing about 3.40 crore tonnes of rice, although only 1.20 crore tonnes of rice had been produced during the country’s independence, they said.
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council organized the seminar on ‘agronomic research for enhancing sustainable crop production’ at the BARC auditorium on occasion of the 12th conference of the Bangladesh Agronomy Society.
Food minister Abdur Razzak attended the seminar as chief guest while Bangladesh Agronomy Society president and also director general of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Rafiqul Islam Mondal presented the keynote paper at the seminar.
Food Minister lauded the contribution of the BR-28 and BR-29 varieties of rice as those varieties are heavily cultivated across the country every year.
Such varieties have increased the country’s food production, he said.
Emphasizing on agricultural research, Razzak said invention of new varieties of rice would take much time as it is dependent on continuous research.
‘So the retirement of scientists should not be dealt in the same manner as other employees,’ the food minister said, adding the government has increased the retirement age of the scientists to 67 years.
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