No outcry for food in the country

Farsighted steps imperative to ensure food security

Published : 21 Jun 2022 08:21 PM

While speaking at a post-budget press conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque recently said that there is no outcry for food in the country as Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food production. It is good to note that though the prices of rice and wheat have increased due to Russia-Ukraine war, there is no public outcry for food In the country. 

We are an agriculture-based country where the contribution of this sector to our economy and the livelihood is immense. The incumbent government’s efforts to bring every village under electricity coverage have brought about significant changes in the agricultural activities. As a consequence of apt and sustainable initiatives implemented by the government,  agricultural sector of the country has gone through a revolution in the last decade.

Prudent measures are necessary so that the 

current state of food production can be 

sustained as well as increased 

Being self-sufficient in food production is indeed a great achievement for a country of 17 million people where more than 1252 people live per square kilometre. We have tripled our rice production over the last few decades. We have seen substantial growth in agro-production, we have invented high-yield crops and consequently all the sub-sectors including fisheries, animal farming and processed agro-food have underscored remarkable growth that indicates a sustainable food system.

Bangladesh is gradually moving towards commercialisation of its agriculture sector, but we do not have proper infrastructure in place for facilitating this transition. We have no dedicated transportation facility for this sector. Now what is needed is to ensure improved rural infrastructure so that farmers are able to reap the full benefit of their produces. Improved rural roads will make the movement of the produce easier from the farm to the market. 

Our storage facility is also very poor. We have a very limited number of cold storage only for the preservation of potatoes. Hitherto, our post-harvesting technology is not up to the mark poor.

Prudent measures are therefore necessary so that the current state of food production can be sustained as well as increased. In order to make our production growth sustainable we need to adopt advanced technologies in the agriculture sector. 

Therefore, we need to invest a lot in research and development of new technologies, and the public and private sector should work together in this regard.