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CPD & BRAC  Forecast Food Shortage in Bangladesh


Due to repeated flood this year in Bangladesh, a food shortage is forecast . In a survey done by Center for Policy Dialogue and an NGO, BRAC it was found that the Aman paddy of six hundred thousand acres of flooded land has totally been destroyed. The organizations have expressed their scepticism about the Boro Crop too due to the dearth of fertilizer.

On Thursday while publishing the survey report Mahbub Hossain, executive director of BRAC said about 9 lakh tonnes of rice have been damaged due to the recent floods. He also said that they have made some recommendations in light of farmers views in different flood affected districts so that damage of the yield of rice could be recovered in the next Boro season.

Addressing the press briefing, Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director of CPD, said if the shortfall in Aman production is not recovered by an abundant production of Boro, the safety level of food stock will fall and that will create further inflationary pressures.

India’s restriction on rice export to all countries will also have an adverse effect on the food situation in Bangladesh. Bangladesh imprts nearly 60 to 70 percent rice from Bangladesh and this restriction will have a negative impact on already tight food situation in Bangladesh.

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