According to the provisional data by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), it has been reported that Bangladesh’s FY 2014-15 (July 2014 – June 2015), the production of milled rice reached a record high of around 34.708 million tons, slightly up from around 34.41 million tons in 2013-14.The output from the Aman crop (July – December) stood at around 13.19 million tons, about 1.28% more from around 13 million tons than last year. The output from the Aus crop (February – August) stood at around 2.328 million tons, up about 0.8% from around 2.3 million tons last year; while, the output from the 2014-15 Boro rice crop (January – May) stood at around 19.19 million tons, up about 0.63% from around 19.07 million tons last year. Further, it has been quoted that Boro, Aman and Aus contributed to about 56%, 38% and 6% respectively to the total country’s output.
As per data, it indicates that estimates of Paddy rice acreage in 2014-15 stood at around 11.415 million hectares, compared to around 11.373 million hectares in 2013-14, narrated by the Bangladesh Space Research & Remote Sensing Organization (SPARSO). It has also been stated that favorable weather conditions and supply of quality inputs in time were the keys to the growth according to the Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
In addition in this context, it has been revealed that the country imported about 1.45 million tons of rice during FY 2014-15, about four times higher than in 2013-14, despite a record production due to prevailing low global rice prices. However, as per USDA estimates Bangladesh’s MY 2015-16 (July 2015 – June 2016) milled rice production at around 35 million tons, slightly more from an estimated 34.5 million tons in MY 2014-15. The USDA data also estimates Bangladeshis to import around 1.2 million tons of rice in 2015.