The production of pulses in the country has increased 4 times: Agriculture Minister Bangladesh

The production of pulses in the country has increased 4 times: Agriculture Minister

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 11 Feb 2024, 02:42 pm

Dhaka, 11 February 2024 : Agriculture Minister Dr. Md. Abdus Shahid said that due to the agriculture-friendly policies of the current government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the development of some advanced varieties and technologies by the country's scientists, the production of pulses in the country has increased more than 4 times in the last 15 years.

He also said that in 2008-2009 only about 2 lakh tonnes of pulses were produced, in 2022-23 about 9 lakh tonnes were produced.

But it is one-third of the country's demand. Therefore, we now aim to be self-sufficient in pulses.

The minister said these things at an international seminar organized by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (Bari) on the occasion of International Pulse Day at Hotel La Méridien in the capital on Saturday. The Agriculture Minister said that to increase the production of pulses, emphasis is being laid on innovation of high-yielding varieties, adequate supply of quality seeds and use of modern production technology.

By appropriate application of advanced technology, yield can be increased by reducing the yield gap between research and farmers' fields. Also, cultivation of pulses should be increased in saline, drought and grassland areas by developing climate tolerant varieties in collaboration with international research institutes. We are working on the sale.

Agriculture Secretary Wahida Akhtar presided over the event. In addition, the executive chairman of the Agricultural Research Council, Sheikh Md. Bakhtiar, Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute Debashish Sarkar, Bangladesh representative of Food and Agriculture Organization Xiaokun Shi, GAIN Country Director Rudaba Khandkar and others spoke. A total of 150 participants from various national and international organizations participated in the event. On this occasion, three scientists were awarded for their outstanding contribution in pulse crop research and production.