On the one hand, the amount of land per capita in the country is decreasing and on the other hand the population is increasing and as such ensuring food for this huge population has become a big challenge, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque said in Chapainawabganj today.
"Earlier, the per capita land area was 26 bighas and now it stands at 10 bighas. Meanwhile, the number of people are increasing by 20 to 22 lakh every year," he said while talking to reporters after harvesting BRRI-61 variety of paddy in Chiniyatla of Gomostapur in Chapainawabganj today, reports our Chapainawabganj correspondent.
"Though Bangladesh today has become self-sufficient in food but we have to work harder to keep the trend going and scientists are working to meet the food requirement," said Abdur Razzaque,
Chapainawabganj lawmaker Dr Samil Uddin Ahmed Shimul and Deputy Commissioner Md Manjurul Afiz were present at the time, among others.
The government has allocated Tk 3,000 crore for agricultural mechanisation and it is taking timely steps with utmost focus on agriculture, the agriculture minister said.
"As a result, Bangladesh will be a country of modern agriculture, a country of commercial agriculture," the minister added.