Agriculture Minister Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said the food security challenge has been addressed despite increasing population in the country.
“There are 17 crore people in the country and the number of people is increasing by 22-23 lakhs each year. On the other hand, the number of cultivable land is decreasing due to various reasons. There are also adverse effects of climate change,” he said.The minister said this while speaking at a farmers’ rally over BRRI-81 paddy harvest at Rohanpur of Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj district.
“BRRI-81 paddy has been being harvested at Rohanpur in Barendro region. Production of this paddy is good. 21 mounds of paddy are produced on a bigha of land. It is as same as BRRI-28 and BRRI-29 paddy. Yield of BRRI 28 and BRRI-29 paddy has been reducing as the cultivation of this BRRI-81 paddy has been expanding in the district,” said the minister.
This variety of paddy will help the country increase the rice production, he added.
Boro paddy has been cultivated on 48,38,500 hectares of land across the country this year. Harvesting of the paddy will be completed within next month.
Boro accounts for more than 50 percent of the country's total rice production while Aush less than 10 percent, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) data.