‘Country’s rice output quadruples since independence’

Published : 13 Feb 2023 09:49 PM | Updated : 13 Feb 2023 09:49 PM

Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque said the country still has no food crisis as its rice production has increased four folds during last 50 years after the independence.

“There was immense food shortage in the country after the independence and now we are producing food for 17 crore people”, he said after inaugurating the golden jubilee of the Agriculturists Day at Bangladesh Agricultural University premises in Mymensingh on Monday.

“It was impossible to provide food for 7.50 crore people of the country after the independence…but still there is no food shortage in the country”, the minister told the function.

Recalling the historic declaration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on February 13 in 1973, he said that Bangabandhu in that time gave first class status to the government service of the agriculturists and that’s why it [historic declaration] had created positive impacts on the productivity of the country.

Consequently, the minister said “now the country’s rice production has increased over four folds and not only that country’s farm productivity has been mounted by 4.50 folds in last 50 years after the independence.” 

Dr Razzque hoped that the agriculturists must have to contain the inspiration of the day. Then the success of the agricultural production including rice, maize, 

vegetables, potatoes, fish, meat, milk and eggs would be enhanced in future, he added.