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>THE government is going to determine strategies for best use of cultivable fallow land, especially in seven coastal districts and Sylhet region, to increase production following shortage of food and high prices, Porimol Palma writes.
According to Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council, the country is losing 80,000 to 1 lakh hectares of arable land every year due to urbanisation and industrialisation.
Currently, 82.9 lakh hectares of land is cultivated, while 3.23 lakh hectares of arable land lays fallow.
On the other hand, only 10.27 lakh hectares of land produces three crops annually, 41.34 lakh hectares produces two crops and 28.73 lakh hectares produces only one crop a year.
Bangladesh is to import around six to ten lakh tonnes of rice, 15 lakh tonnes of wheat and good amounts of pulse, oil and fruits every year.
Agriculturists say good usage of cultivable land will not only meet the domestic demands but also lead to food surplus.

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