The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau (June 6):
Bangladesh Agriculture Minister said that work is underway to take advantage of the potential of mushrooms and to expand mushroom cultivation across the country. Dr. Md. Abdur Razzak, MP, said that the possibility of cultivating mushrooms, a cash crop in the country, is very high. This possibility must be used to the maximum. Improved varieties and cultivation techniques of mushrooms have already been invented. Now there is a need to rapidly expand and popularize across the country at the farmer and entrepreneurial level. Therefore, work is underway to adopt development projects. Besides, other initiatives are also continuing.
He was speaking as the chief guest at an exchange meeting with mushroom growers and entrepreneurs at the Mushroom Development Institute in Savar on Sunday.
The Agriculture Minister said the present government has achieved remarkable success in agriculture in the last 12 years as a result of its agri-friendly policies and various incentives. The country is self-sufficient in food today. The government’s goal now is to commercialize agriculture and make it profitable and ensure nutritious food for all. In this case, the possibility of mushrooms is a lot. If its cultivation can be expanded and popularized, it can play a big role in the economy of Bangladesh. There are millions of educated unemployed youth in the country who are trying for jobs. If they can be made entrepreneurs through training, local and international markets for mushrooms will be created. On the other hand, mushrooms are highly nutritious and will easily meet the nutritional needs of people.
According to the Mushroom Development Institute, mushroom production is growing rapidly. At present, about 40,000 metric tons of mushrooms are being produced in the country every year with a financial value of around Tk 600 crore. About one and a half lakh people have been involved in the production and marketing of mushrooms and mushroom products. On the other hand, almost all the economically prosperous countries of the world import mushrooms. There are many opportunities to export mushrooms from Bangladesh to different countries of the world.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, chaired by the Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Extension. Md. Enamur Rahman, Additional Secretary (Extension) of the Ministry of Agriculture Md. Hasanuzzaman Kallol, Savar Upazila Chairman Manjrul Alam Rajib, Municipal Mayor Abdul Gani spoke. Also present were senior officials of the ministry, representatives of mushroom growers, and entrepreneurs from across the country.