The life of our farmer is involved in agriculture. It can be said that it is one of the driving forces of Bangladesh’s economy. Land and the farming community are the key to Bangladesh’s potential and survival in the face of poverty, overcrowding, urban uncertainty and climate change.
According to the Economic Survey of Bangladesh (2018), it supplies 40.6 percent of the total labor force and contributes 14.10 percent to the country’s GDP. (415.84 lakh metric tons). Bangladesh is now the fourth largest rice producer in the world. Maize production has increased to 48 lakh MT.
Through intensive cultivation, Bangladesh has raised to the third position in the world in vegetable production. Vegetable production has increased to 1 crore 82 lakh 46 thousand metric tons. Bangladesh is surplus in potato production and seventh in the world. Bangladesh ranks seventh in the world in mango production and eighth in guava. In fact, Bangladesh’s success in agriculture is enviable.
Despite the fact that about 80 per cent of the people of the country is directly and indirectly dependent on agriculture, the land under agricultural planning is declining day by day due to unplanned industrialization, urbanization and housing. On the other hand, farmers are losing interest in farming due to not getting fair price of the crop after cultivation. On the one hand importing rice from India duty free on the other hand the country is self-sufficient in rice production, which easily raises the question – why rice is being imported duty free even though the country is self-sufficient in food? Despite bumper yields over the last few years, Indian rice has had to sell at a loss due to official pricing and lower market prices. As a result, farmers are being forced to sell their crops at nominal prices for their own needs or to repay loans. It is also seen that in the last few years, the prices of agricultural products including electricity, fuel oil, fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, and the wages of the workers have increased in several stages due to which the overall production cost has increased.
However, far from their profits, the cost of production is not rising. According to a survey by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a US-based food safety organization, 34 percent of the country’s farmers do not benefit from rice cultivation.
Basically, We have to solve all these problems. Where the farmer can take all the plans to reduce the cost of production by getting his fair price and by providing appropriate subsidy to the required sectors of the agricultural sector. Our objective is to control the seed crisis, increase the price of seeds as well as to implement improved agricultural system by providing fair prices of commodities in the market, transportation system, supply of modern agricultural machinery. Determining food safety and quality will be our main motto.