ISBN: 984 05 1601 9

Cover Type: HB

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Retrospects and Prospects of the Rice Economy of Bangladesh

By Raisuddin Ahmed (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2001 No. of Pages: 128 Weight (kg): 1

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In Retrospects and Prospects of the Rice Economy of Bangladesh, Dr. Raisuddin Ahmed analyses and describes the progress in rice production during the last 20 years and the prospect of the rice economy in the first decade of the 21st century. The book demonstrates that the achievements have been significant but uneven, with a robust progress in the northwestern districts and a near-stagnation situation in northeast, central low lying, and coastal districts of Bangladesh, A gain in productivity, based on seed-fertilizer-irrigation technology has been the single largest source of growth in the past. Sustaining the overall progress attained so far and breaking the stagnation in the laggard districts will call for some drastic adjustments in the institutional mechanisms pertaining to irrigation and water control management and redirection in seed-fertilizer technology. Mechanical technology in cultivation is also poised to make a major difference in the future. Looking forward, the book suggests that rice will continue to play a dominant role in the agricultural economy of Bangladesh in the near future, though in the long run, increased diversification of agriculture into high-value products is expected. A declining pace of population growth and smaller income effects on the demand side, and continuation of technological diffusion on the supply side, may give Bangladesh an exportable surplus of rice by the year 20 10. The challenge is for appropriate policy and institutional change to exploit the technological potential for increased productivity in the rice sector.

This book features in: Agriculture and Livestock Economics and Finance Bangladesh Studies Urban and Regional Planning URP

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