A collaboration between The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation
(BADC) with China’s Sichuan Nongda High-tech Agriculture Co Ltd to develop and promote hybrid rice varieties in the country
under the Hybrid Rice Cooperation Project took place.
The collaboration aims at getting financial and technological support from China to promote rice production and ensure food security in the country.
BRRI will be responsible for seed production processing as well as marketing the project.
China will fund the project in different phases It will provide a total of Tk80 crore(around $10.3 million) for setting up of a Joint Research Center (JRC) under the project,which will be responsible to develop hybrid seeds specific for all the three rice producing seasons – Aus, Aman and Boro.It will first give an amount of around Tk 30 crore (around $3.87 million) and rest in different phases.
the Director General of the Seed Wing of the Agriculture Ministry,Bangladesh said that currently the country is producing only 10-12% of the total seeds with hybrid technology
The Bangladeshiu farmers are using very few hybrid rice seeds developed by BRRI because of poor marketing and hence prefer to import the hybrid seeds from China through some private company.
Bangladesh has produced around 34.449 million tons of rice, basis milled, in FY 2013-14 (July – June), up about 2.7% from around 33.833 million tons produced in FY 2012-13.
USDA estimates Bangladesh to produce around 34.8 million tons of rice in
2014-15 (May – April), up about 1% from an estimated 34.59 million tons in MY 2013-14. It estimates Bangladesh to import around 100,000 tons of rice in 2015,down about 75% from an estimated 400,000 tons in 2014.
The country’s rice consumption needs are estimated at around 34.8 million tons in MY 2014-15 slightly up from an estimated 34.6 million tons in MY 2013-14.