Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) revealed this in a survey report, titled, ‘Analysing causes of shrinking of rice cultivation land in context of self-sufficiency in food’.
The survey, conducted on Boro cultivation in 11 districts, also 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.
The BRRI survey report said Boro was cultivated in 48.46 lakh hectare land, producing a total of 1,93,43,000 tonnes of rice in last year. This year, about 7 lakh tonnes of less production of Boro is feared as 46.61 lakh hectare land was brought under Boro production.
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury said the government has decided to procure paddy more than finished rice so that farmers can get a fair price. The government has adopted different initiatives to facilitate carrying paddy to warehouses of food department, she added.
BRRI suggested taking the procurement drives to the doorsteps of the farmers and procuring paddy/rice direct from the farmers.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension, rates of Boro production decline 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.