Announcements

Job offersmore »





Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Boom in vegetable farming in Bangladesh

According to data from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, in recent years, the growth in vegetable production in Bangladesh has been the third fastest in the world. This nation now grows 3.7 million tonnes of vegetables a year from less than a tenth of Bangladesh's available cultivable land.

Due to rising public awareness about eating healthy, fibrous food, demand for vegetables is on the rise as well. A very positive development is the fact that growers are using less chemical pesticides than before. This, again, is the result of years of awareness campaigns.  

However, consumers are yet to benefit from the rise in production. High production of vegetables has yet to translate into low cost for the consumers. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Agricultural Extension, some 156 types of local and exotic vegetables were grown in Bangladesh with the output hitting 3.73 million metric tonnes from 0.8 million hectares of land in the last fiscal year. The national demand for vegetables is 13.25 million metric tonnes.

“So to meet the demand of consumers, the production should be increased three times or more,” said Dr Harunur Rashid, vice-chancellor of Patuakhali Science and Technology University.

Vegetable production in Bangladesh has doubled in just over a decade. This has resulted in the country becoming one of the fastest-growing vegetable producers in the world, Mizanur Rahman, director of Horticulture Wing of Department of Agricultural Extension, told The Daily Star.


Publication date: 1/19/2018

 


 

Other news in this sector:

5/18/2018 UAE: Scientists start growing halophytic vegetables
5/18/2018 NL: Crops grow well again after high stress
5/17/2018 Dutch technology to support national food security in Indonesia
5/15/2018 Getting aeroponically grown greens on the menu
5/15/2018 Why the UAE's first vertical farm could be a regional game changer
5/14/2018 Exploring the possibilities of Hydroponics at local Indian farms
5/11/2018 UAE Minister reviews smart agricultural technologies in US
5/11/2018 "People, power costs keep indoor farming down to Earth"
5/10/2018 Challenges for Mexican propagation facilities
5/9/2018 Belgium: How to deal with KNS-tables?
5/9/2018 Aeroponic farming system in New London
5/8/2018 Israel ready to establish agricultural training centre in Nepal
5/8/2018 Rhenish tomato harvest is in full swing
5/4/2018 Nutrient monitoring of eggplant transplants
5/3/2018 Average temperatures in Indian state capitals
5/2/2018 "Learning how to empower plants"
5/2/2018 US (NC): N.C. Tomato Growers Association offering $1,000 scholarship
5/1/2018 "I mainly taught the Chinese how to look at plants"
4/30/2018 "Size matters, but taste is king"
4/30/2018 Dutch demo greenhouse in Myanmar