Bangladesh is predominantly an agricultural country where the agriculture sector plays a vital role in boosting economic growth. Bangladesh’s favorable, warm and moist and fertile climate has made it possible for Bangladesh to reach new heights making it currently the 3rd largest producer of vegetables.
In a press briefing at the agriculture ministry yesterday, Agricultural Secretary Md Sayedul Islam said: “Bangladesh is now the third-largest producer of vegetables in the world,”
The press briefing was organized as part of the National Vegetable Fair-2022, which is to take place from today 28th February 2022 on the premises of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB). The 3-day vegetable fair will remain open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm every day and will be ending on March 2. The fair will have 52 stalls including public and private agencies. Citing the DAE data, The Agriculture Secretary said, “Farmers produced 1.97 crore tonnes of vegetables in the fiscal year 2020-21, up from 1.84 crore tonnes the previous year”.
He also added that Vegetables were grown on 9.35 lakh hectares of land that year and that farmers now grow 100 species of vegetables. The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) is yet to release its estimate on vegetable production for the fiscal year 2020-21 but its estimate for the fiscal year 2019-20 was 45.74 lakh tonnes, which was one-fourth of the Department of Agricultural Extension’s (DAE) estimate. Despite the huge gap, there has been an upward trend in production. For example, the production today is much higher compared to what Bangladesh produced in the fiscal 2009-10, which was 29.93 lakh tonnes of crops cultivated in 9.08 lakh acres of land.