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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research Vol.1 (3),pp.053-061 May, 2013
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ISSN 2350-1561  © 2013 Journal Issues
Article ID JPR10, 09 pages

Original Research Paper

Role of SL8H super hybrid rice to achieve food security in Bangladesh: Interpretations of survey results

Chowdhury Sanjida, Hossain Mahbub and *Miah Tofazzal H.

Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh,Bangladesh.

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Accepted April 26, 2013


This study examined the profitability of newly introduced super hybrid rice SL8H in the selected two villages in Sherpur District of Bangladesh. In total, 50 SL8H growers were selected randomly. Activity budgets and Cobb-Douglas model were used to achieve the objectives. Total cost for SL8H rice cultivation was Tk 62,681.00/ha and its total return was Tk 117,495.00/ha.  Its net return was Tk 54,814.00/ha. The SL8H rice is not only profitable from farmers’ viewpoints, but its yield (7026 kg/ha) is also much higher than those of other varieties of Boro rice. Human labour, seedlings, tillage operation, manure, fertilizer, insecticide and irrigation were considered as the important variables for SL8H rice production. Most included variables had significant impacts on this rice production. The scarcity of seeds, high prices of seeds and fertilizers, scarcity of human labour, low rice price, scarcity of credit and lack of training are the main problems for the farmers. More attentions should be given by the policy makers and extension agents to solve these problems and thus, per hectare yield of SL8H super hybrid rice can further be increased.  This variety can be expanded in the Boro season, which in turn would help to achieve self-sufficiency in food grain and thus, food security of Bangladesh.

Key words:  Activity budgets, profitability analysis and food security.

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