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Bangladesh now 3rd in global rice production: PM

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:47 AM, 13 February 2021   Updated: 09:27 PM, 13 February 2021

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message on the occasion of Agriculturists Day, said Bangladesh is currently the third-largest rice producer in the world.

She said Bangladesh is currently ranked 3rd in the world in rice production, 3rd in vegetable production, 7th in mango production, 7th in potato production and 8th in guava production. Today, Bangladesh has set an example in the world in rice, jute, jackfruit, mango, guava and potato and vegetable and fish production.

“In 2009, the production of food grains was 3,38,33,000 metric tons. At present, the production of food grains has increased to 4,53,44,000 metric tons,” the Premier said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stated this on the occasion of ‘Agriculturists Day 2021’ on Friday.

Welcoming Krishibid Institution Bangladesh’s initiative of publishing a special supplement on the occasion of Agriculturists Day, the Prime Minister said, “On Agriculturists Day, I extend my sincere greetings to all the agriculturists, farmers and all those associated with agriculture in the country.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the relief of food security comes with the prosperity of agriculture. Only by winning the struggle against hunger and poverty does one have the courage to embark on the highway of development. The fair of megaprojects holds for the development of a self-respecting nation.

“The combined efforts of farmers and agriculturists in the current government's agricultural policy and incentives are contributing to our food self-sufficiency,” she said. 

“In a country with a high population density, the ever-increasing agricultural production from declining land is a surprise to the world. The peasants and agriculturists of Bangla have valued that historic declaration of Bangabandhu.”

The Prime Minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman announced on February 13, 1973, to confer the first-class status on agriculturists with the aim of achieving maximum success in agriculture, which was a historic milestone for agriculture, farmers and agronomists of the country. As a result, more meritorious students are becoming interested in agricultural education. “Continuing that policy of Bangabandhu, the present Awami League government is following the agri-friendly policy,” ‍she added.

Continuing that policy of Bangabandhu, the present Awami League government is following the agri-friendly policy. The Awami League government has given the opportunity to farmers to open bank accounts for Tk 10 only, she said.

“At present, there are about one crore bank accounts. About 2 crore 10 million farmer-equipment cards have been issued to the farmers. Arrangements have been made to provide caution-free agricultural loans to the sharecroppers. Tk 1,402.59 crore has been given as an incentive since 2009.”

Mentioning that 18 farmers had to give their lives for fertilizer during the BNP-Jamaat regime, Sheikh Hasina said, “We have reduced the price of fertilizer several times. The irrigation electricity bill is being given a 20 percent rebate. From 2009 to 2020, a total of Tk 75,815 crore has been provided for development assistance in the fields of fertilizer, electricity and sugarcane.”

In order to create a source of income by producing nutritious foods, a total of 1,40,000,387 farmers of 32 unions were given nutrition gardens, she added. “‘Farmers’ markets’ have been set up in 41 districts, including the capital, to ensure a safe supply of vegetables and fair prices to farmers. About 70,000 agricultural equipment are supplied in 12 years, including modern combine harvesters, reapers, cedars, power tillers and other agricultural equipment.”

Mentioning that the Sonar Bangladesh of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of hunger and poverty will be built by tackling the impact of climate change, she said, “Our golden Bangladesh will be the address of nutrition-abundance and safe-food. I assure you that the agricultural research and expansion in the journey of commercial transformation of the existing agriculture and the policy support and encouragement of the government will be conducive to the profession.”

The Prime Minister hoped that all the programs adopted on Agriculturists Day would be filled with success.