In Bangladesh rice farmers are avoiding cultivation of hybrid rice in this current year. Although Agriculture Ministry encouraging the farmers to increase planting of hybrid rice. According to local sources, some farmers narrated that cost of producing hybrid rice is very high which is about 10-15% higher than normal varieties and prices they receive are also very low .Moreover they also noted that costumers are unwilling to buy the hybrid rice.
It was informed by the officials of Agriculture Ministry that though farmers have to spend more on buying seeds, fertilizers and pesticides as well as irrigation to grow hybrid rice, but growing hybrid rice is the only way to boost rice production in the country. Further, ignorance about cultivation techniques, lack of demand for hybrid rice and its low price are thus hindering the expansion of hybrid rice acreage in the country. So for, Bangladesh rice farmers have been planting about 10,000 tons of hybrid rice seeds in about 700,000 hectares of land every year for the last few years as per report.
It has been quoted that the Department of Agriculture extension (DAE), usually promotes hybrid rice cultivation in all the three Aman, Aus and Boro seasons in Bangladesh. According to the DAE statistics, in 2014-15 Boro season (January-May), the country’s hybrid rice acreage increased to about 753,000 hectares compare to around 614,000 hectares from the last year. In 2014-15 Aman seasons (July-December), it increased to around 51,000 hectares from 23,000 hectares in the previous years.2014-15 Aus season’s (February-August) hybrid rice acreage increased to around 50,000 hectares compared to around 31,000 hectares from the last year.
Further, in one of the statements, the DAE additional Director informed that government has been emphasizing great importance for hybrid rice cultivation to boost rice production in Bangladesh. It was told that since local companies have been started breeding seeds locally, so prices matters to a great extent.