Bangladesh will become self sufficient in rice production by 2050 as rice consumption has been reducing in the country, speakers at a seminar said on Saturday.
They also said rice consumption will start dropping more rapidly from 2020 to 2050 as people are taking fish, vegetable, potato and fruits instead of rice.
The observations came at a seminar titled, “Asian rice production and food security of Bangladesh” held in the city’s Khamarbari area. Bangladesh Agriculture Journalists and Activists Federation (BAJAF) organised the seminar.
Subash Dasgupta, former senior plant production officer of FAO, said a recent research shows that around 4.25 crore tonnes of rice will be produced in Bangladesh by 2020 and the production will reach 4.55 crore tonnes by 2050.
“People currently consume 435 gram rice per capita which will drop to 405 gram in 2050. Given that the population will reach 20 crore by that time, country’s rice demand can me met with the domestic production of 4.55 crore tonnes,” he said.
While addressing the seminar, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said the government always has to adjust between agricultural product price and consumer product price. For this, the government is giving priority to reducing the input cost of agricultural products.
Former Agriculture Secretary Anwar Faruk said government has to give priority to reduce agriculture input cost to ensure food security in the country.
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) Director General (DG) Khan Ahmed Syed Murshid, PM’s Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, DG of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) Dr Vaggo Rani Banik and National Press Club General Secretary Kamrul Islam Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion.