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Change food habit to reduce dependency on rice

Razzaque urges people

October 25, 2021 00:00:00

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque urged the people on Sunday to change their food habit gradually and eat other nutritious food and fruits reducing rice intake, reports UNB.

"Per-capita rice consumption in Bangladesh is 400 grams daily which is the highest in the world. In many countries people's average rice consumption is only 200 grams daily, " he said.

The minister came up with the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion on 'Bangladesh's 50 years: Achievements and Diversifications in Agriculture'.

Bangladesh Agriculture Journalist Forum (BAJF) and Bangla Daily Bonik Barta jointly organised the programme at a city hotel marking 50 years of Bangladesh's independence.

Dr Md Shajahan Kabir, director-general of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), presented the keynote paper on 'Rice based Agriculture Transformation in Bangladesh: Research and Policy Nexus.'

He mentioned in the presentation that so far around 137 varieties of rice have been developed by BRRI which helped the country become self-reliant in food production.

He also said one taka investment in agriculture research brings 51 times higher return.

FAO representative in Bangladesh Robert D Simpson, USAID mission director Kathryn David Steven also spoke at the function as the special guests.

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