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Veg output still low to meet requirement
Vegetables grown in less than a tenth (9.38 pc) of the country’s total available cultivable lands can cater a third (32 pc) of the daily requirements of the consumers.
A report presented at the National Vegetable Fair 2018 in the city’s Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium revealed the data.
Professor Dr Md Harunur Rashid, Vice Chancellor of Patuakhali Science and Technology University, came up with this information while presenting his key note titled "Secured Year-long Vegetable Cultivation in the Changing Climate to Ensure Nutrition Safety and to Remove Poverty" at a seminar organized in sideline of the fair.
According to his report, at current rate of vegetable cultivation in the country, each adult on average is getting only 60 to 70 gram of vegetables (except potato) each day, which is about one-third of the amount (220 gram) recommended by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
According to 2015 figures of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), 3.73 mn tonnes of vegetables are produced from 0.4 mn hectares of land in the country.
Appreciating Bangladesh’s advancements in cereal productions Prof Rashid emphasised on increasing vegetable production three times more.
He identified drought, high temperature and greenhouse effect, flood, cyclones, salinity, erratic rainfall as some of the climatic impediments in accelerating further growth in vegetable output.
Being highly perishable in nature, fluctuating price gap, proper planning and management are one of the major challenges for ensuring year-long vegetable cultivation, he added.
The three-day long national vegetable fair this year aims at promoting year-long vegetable cultivation to ensure nutrition, health and economy prosperity.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan was present as the chief guest while Agriculture Minister Matia Chawdhury was present as the special guest in the seminar.