rise due to high demand and increased prices in the international market, says Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque.

“We are trying to figure out how to be self-sustaining in terms of grain food production,” he said during a meeting on Thursday.

The minister said that the government did not need to import rice until 2017 and any imports were made by private traders.

“Then the import tax was reduced due to the floods, which in turn led to rice prices falling,” he said.

He added that the government is undertaking initiatives to increase production in line with the demands.

“We have also discussed how to increase the production of Boro, Aman and Aush rice,” the minister said before adding Bangladeshi scientists have invented the Bri-89, 92 which yield high produce.

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