According to the sources, it has been reported that Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has released its survey report entitled ‘Analyzing causes of shrinking of rice cultivation land in context of self-sufficiency in food’. The survey was conducted on Boro cultivation in 11 districts, and it unfolded anomalies in government rice procurement drives. According to a data of Department of Agriculture Marketing, published on 3 May, the market price of rice in eight districts was in between Tk 500 and Tk 580 per maund, excepting the price at Nandail of Tk 400-450. Whereas the rice production cost was Tk 828 in this season, according to a data of concerned ministries.
Further, the BRRI survey also reported that Boro was cultivated in 48.46 lakh hectare land, producing a total of 1, 93, 43,000 tonnes of rice in last year. However, this year, about 7 lakh tonnes of less production of Boro is feared as 46.61 lakh hectare land was brought under Boro production. In this matter, the Agriculture Minister Mr Matia Chowdhury informed that the government has decided to procure paddy more than finished rice so that farmers can get a fair price. In addition, the government has adopted different initiatives to facilitate carrying paddy to warehouses of food department.
Moreover, in this aspect, the BRRI has also suggested that by taking the procurement drives to the doorsteps of the farmers and procuring paddy/rice direct from the farmers too. Further, according to the Department of Agriculture Extension, rates of Boro production declined are 11.29 percent in Kushtia, 6,25pc in Patuakhali, 6.17pc in Naogaon, 5.5pc in Rangpur, 5.23pc in Jessore, 2.4pc in Bogra, 1.82pc in Satkhira, 1.19pc in Dinajpur, and 1.1pc in Barisal as it has been stated.