'Bangladesh faces rice shortages because people consume more rice'
Published : Sunday, 24 October, 2021 at 9:10 PM Count : 373
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak has said there is no food crisis in Bangladesh. Even, food crisis did not appear during the coronavirus pandemic. However, rice crisis has appeared as people consume more rice now-a-day. Because of it, rice prices are also increasing in the country.
The minister made the remarks while speaking at a function, titled "50 Years of Bangladesh, Transformation and Achievement of Agriculture" organised jointly by Bangladesh Agricultural Journalists Forum (BAJF) and Banik Barta at a hotel in the capital on Sunday.
FAO Bangladesh Country Representative Robert D Simpson and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Catherine Stevens attended the event as special guests.
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) chief Dr M Shahjahan presented the keynote paper.
The event was moderated by Dainik Banik Barta editor Dewan Hanif Mahmud.
Dr Abdur Razzak said Bangladesh has attained much self-sufficiency in food production. There is no food crisis in the country. However, crisis of rice often appear as people consume more rice here.
"We consume much rice. Because of it, the country is facing rice shortages. We consume about 400 grams of rice per day though people in many countries don't consume more than 200 grams of rice," he said.
The Agriculture Minister said the government is now working to ensure nutritous food for people. He insisted on commercialisation of agriculture. At the same time, he suggested to change food habit to reduce the prices of food.
"We will have to export Bangladesh's agricultural produces to the entire world," he said, adding that mangoes in Bangladesh would be available throughout the year after next five to six years.