Rice yield in Bangladesh which has increased this Boro season is likely to achieve the target of 20.5 million tonnes of output.
Raising lands under hybrid varieties, adopting high-yielding species and enhancing modern farm machinery helped achieve this growth, said Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaqu e at a press briefing on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Agriculture organised the press briefing at its office to inform about the production of Boro crop which comprises 56-57 per cent of the country’s total rice demand.
The minister said per hectare rice yield rose to 4.17 tonnes this year from 3.97 tonnes last year while above 64 per cent of the harvest has been completed out of 4.8 million hectares.
“Hybrid fields have increased while some new short duration HYV varieties have been grown in the large area this year which help to raise production”, he said.
The minister said farmers can easily grow mustard seeds between Aman and Boro's fallow period by adopting new rice varieties such as BRRI Dhan 89 and 92.
The country would be self-sufficient in producing jute and onion seeds in the next three years due to government initiatives, he added.