Bangladesh producing 0.35m tonnes sugar against 1.2m tonnes demand

Dhaka,  Sat,  24 June 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 16:14:54 | Updated : 17 May 2017, 16:15:01
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Bangladesh producing 0.35m tonnes sugar against 1.2m tonnes demand

Bangladesh producing 0.35m tonnes sugar against 1.2m tonnes demand
Bangladesh is now producing hardly 0.35 million tonnes of sugar yearly against the demand of around 1.2 million tonnes.

The sugarcane production is gradually being reduced after failing to compete with some other major crops and vegetables. 

This was informed by BSRI Principal Scientific Officer Dr Samajit Qumar Pal, according to a report by BSS.

He also said all the 10 sugarcane mills in the country's northwestern region are incurring huge loss due to lack of adequate sugarcane. 

He recommended crop-rationing system so that the conventional crop diversification could be 

sustained. 

Substantial and sustainable dissemination and expansion of the modern technologies can be vital means of boosting sugarcane production in the region including its vast Barind tract. 

Sugarcane scientists and researchers mentioned that the modern technologies developed by Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute (BSRI) could be the effective means of boosting sugarcane farming and its production. 

Pal said the nation has enormous prospects for increasing sugarcane production up to the expected level but the possibility couldn't come yet realistic due to multipurpose constraints. 

BSRI's another Principal Scientific Officer Dr Abdur Rashid mentioned that 40 high yielding sugarcane verities along with other necessary modern technologies have so far been innovated. 

In this context, he said importance is being given on disseminating and transferring those among the farmers. 

Inter-cropping with sugarcane has been found as more beneficial to the farmers as it can boost total crop production per unit area coupled with ensuring sustainable sugarcane cultivation with higher economic benefit compared to other crops. 

Systematic inter-cropping- potato, onion, lentil, mug bean, garlic and some other winter crops, vegetables and spice help increases sugarcane yield compared to sole-cropping. 
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