Strivng to grow crops like onions domestically

Bangladesh to focus on curbing imports of foodstuffs

In Bangladesh, agriculture still plays a major role in the growth of the economy. Despite being one of the most densely populated economies in the world, Bangladesh has made great progress in achieving food security over the past decades.

The current Covid-19 situation has made everyone aware of the significance of the agriculture sector in Bangladesh. All the news reports, talk shows and discussions indicated that there will be an increased emphasis in the development of the agriculture sector in Bangladesh post-Covid-19.

Due to the pandemic, a huge number of people will be forced to return to Bangladesh from the Middle East and other countries. Already at least 78,043 workers returned home from 26 countries since April, according to figures published by the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment on August 23.

All parties involved seem keen to reduce dependency on the nation’s agricultural goods imports (mostly wheat, maize, onion, garlic and ginger). The total import of these goods is huge in value.

In order to grow domestic production for these goods, Bangladesh has to to adopt proper cropping pattern management and it needs 10 per cent diversification of its total cultivable land.

It also needs to focus on summer onion. Currently, it is producing 2.3 million tonnes of onion in 0.24 million hectares of land against the demand of 3.4 million tonnes.

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