Performance of local economy
High and rising food prices have been articulated by respondents as among the top three problems. 80 to 90 percent of respondents said prices of rice, vegetables, pulses, edible oil, fish and meat have increased; approximately 40 percent said these prices increased a lot.
How have food prices changed in your locality during the tenure of the present government?
Agricultural input prices
Affecting food prices is the cost of production and availability of different foods. Agricultural input prices are an important element of cost of production and respondents were queried regarding the trend in prices of some major inputs during the tenure of this Government. In the case of urea and other fertilizer types, more than 50 percent of respondents said prices have increased (with approximately 15 percent saying prices increased a lot). With respect to diesel prices, 84 percent of respondents said prices have increased with 32 percent saying prices increased substantially.
How have agricultural input prices changed in your locality during the tenure of the present government?
Agricultural performance is intimately connected with food availability, resulting food prices and consumers' access to food. How well have agriculture performed during the tenure of this Government?
A majority of respondents said agricultural activities have grown. This along with the information on agricultural input availability points to a healthy agricultural growth during the tenure of this Government.
Availability of agricultural inputs
An important element of food production is the availability of fertilizers. Respondents were asked if fertilizers and diesel were available in sufficient quantities to meet local demand during the last boro season. About 80 percent of respondents said that fertilizers and diesel were indeed available in sufficient quantities.
Have agricultural activities in your locality grown or reduced during the last four years?
Supply of electricity has been a major problem in Bangladesh and consumers have been hard hit over the years by recurrent load-shedding. Respondents were asked if this Government has done better than the previous elected Government with respect to electricity supply. A majority of respondents said that electric supply has increased; this holds both in rural and in urban areas.
Has the electrical power supply increased or decreased in your locality compared to the situation prevailing under the previous elected government?
A related question is whether the Government is taking adequate steps at the national level to meet power supply needs.
A majority of respondents in both rural and urban areas think that it is doing so.
Is the government taking adequate steps at the national level to meet power supply needs?