The farmers have begun reaping aman rice amid fears that sterility would cause further production shortfall after country wide floods took the first toll.
Farmers mostly grew the late aman crop in the country’s major rice growing areas after the flood waters receded causing great devastations, Department of Agricultural Extension officials told New Age.
Already, they said, 14.2 per cent of rain fed rice crop grown on 54 lakh hectares of rice fields has been harvested.
The production shortfall could hurt the annual food security plans of the nation, aman being traditionally its second largest source of cereal supply.
DAE director general Abdul Aziz said that the aman’ season’s per hectare rice production would hover around three tonnes.
He said that during visits to rice fields in Barisal he had found the late aman crop’s healthy growth.
He also said that he saw no possibility of production getting hampered.
In northern districts, particularly in the Rangpur division farmers are fast reaping their early aman crop to be able to grow winter crops, said DAE field service wing officials.
Rice grower Motahar Hossain said due to sterility, his harvest this time was a half of what he gets from his aman field at Dubipather, Bajitpur, Kishoreganj.
Agricultural experts said that rice production shortfall was being caused this year due to successive losses suffered during boro as well as the aman seasons.
This year’s production shortfall would require increasing rice imports after a gap of six years.
Since July, Bangladesh imported 39.73 lakh tonnes of cereals, 16.83 lakh tonnes of rice and 22.90 lakh tonnes of wheat, according to statistics of food ministry.