Saiful Islam has lately been busy preparing his five bighas of land to grow paddy. But he reckons he will have to spend Tk 25,000 more than he did last season for the cultivation as the cost of just about everything has gone up.
Young Bangla of Centre for Research and Information (CRI) recently hosted its policy forum Let's Talk on "Smart Agriculture and Innovation" at the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh.
Once farmers of Pirojpur used to cultivate more than 50 varieties of paddy during Aman season. But currently, only five to six varieties exist as the rests appeared to have vanished, according to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
Expressing resentment over the hike in rice prices despite high yields of paddy, the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry today asked senior officials of the ministry to identify and take action against those responsible.