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USDA GAIN: Bangladesh Grain and Feed Annual 2012

02 March 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

BANGLADESH - Assuming normal weather conditions, Bangladesh’s food grain production in MY (marketing year) 2012/13 is forecast at 35.4 million tons with 34.2 million tons of rice and 1.2 million tons of wheat. Imports of foodgrains are forecast at 3.6 million tons with 600,000 tons of rice and 3 million tons of wheat.

Bangladesh harvests three rice crops a year. The first MY 2011/12 rice crop, known locally as Aus (planted in March/April and harvested in June/July), is estimated at 2 million tons. The second crop, Aman (planted in July/August and harvested in November/December), benefitted from an early monsoon.

Despite some flooding, good rainfall nationwide during the Aman growing period and sunny weather during harvest contributed to record production of 13.6 million tons, 7 percent higher than the previous year's crop.

The third rice crop, Boro (planted in December/January and harvested in April/May), is currently in its vegetative stage. Given favorable weather conditions, Boro rice production is expected to be 18.4 million tons, marginally lower than the previous year's crop due to slightly lower planted area.

Wheat

Given favorable weather conditions, Bangladesh's MY 2011/12 wheat crop (planted in November/December and harvested in March/April) is estimated at 1.1 million tons from 400,000 hectares of land.

While wheat area increased in response to higher prices, limited land availability and significant competition from other remunerative crops like rice, corn, potato, and winter vegetables limits the expansion of wheat planting area. The absence of suitable high yielding varieties (HYVs) and strong competition from imports will further limit the growth of wheat production in Bangladesh.

Further Reading

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March 2012

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