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Bangladesh: Self-reliant in rice, fish production January 06,2020   |  Source: daily Industry

Bangladesh has achieved self-sufficiency in fish, meat, rice and vegetable production in the last 10 years. Commercial production of fish, meat, milk and eggs witnessed a robust growth in this decade in line with growing demand. Substantial investments have also helped some of these sectors grow into big industries that are preparing to export their products after meeting local demand. Data from the Department of Livestock Services and Bangladesh Poultry Industry Central Council show that the size of the poultry industry was Tk 10,000 crore in 2010. This has leapt to nearly Tk 30,000-35,000 crore at present.

The Bangladesh Poultry Industry Central Council says as many as 1.65 lakh people are involved in meat and egg production, while the Department of Livestock Services claims there are 81,614 poultry farms in the country. According to the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, each person has a demand for 120 grams of meat every day. This demand was met in 2017. Bangladesh produced 75 lakh tonnes of white and red meat in the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock notes that the country produced 12.60 lakh tonnes of meat in the 2009-10 fiscal year. This means meat production increased nearly six times in 10 years. However, the increase in production

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