Farmers have produced record 20.26 million tonnes of boro this year, said a government agency on Sunday.
The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) also said that the country might have 5.55 million tonnes of surplus rice until November next following the bumper production.
BRRI disclosed this in a webinar titled "National Seminar on Food Security in the COVID-19 Era: Is Bangladesh really going to face any rice shortage in the short-run?”, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Md Nasiruzzaman.
Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque spoke as the chief guest in the online conference.
Food Minister Shadhan Chandra joined the webinar as the special guest, while planning commission member Dr Shamsul Alam was present as the guest of honour.
According to BRRI, the production of rice increased to 20.26 million tonnes despite a decline in acreage by 0.71 per cent.
The production of rice was 20.03 million tonnes in the Boro season of 2019 when acreage was 4.9 million hectares, it further revealed.