POPULATION AND AGRICULTURAL LAND-USE - TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FOOD-PRODUCTION SYSTEM IN BANGLADESH

Authors
Citation
Fu. Mahtab et Z. Karim, POPULATION AND AGRICULTURAL LAND-USE - TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FOOD-PRODUCTION SYSTEM IN BANGLADESH, Ambio, 21(1), 1992, pp. 50-55
Citations number
17
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Journal title
AmbioACNP
ISSN journal
0044-7447
Volume
21
Issue
1
Year of publication
1992
Pages
50 - 55
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-7447(1992)21:1<50:PAAL-T>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
The rate at which the population of Bangladesh is increasing, and the present level of technology, make it impossible to produce enough food for its population in the future. Population pressure has already beg un to affect the environment and agricultural sustainability. Because of the intensive land use and biomass shortage cultivated soils are no w being depleted of essential nutrients and organic matter. Fisheries, livestock and forestry resources are also under increasing environmen tal strain. With current technology it would be possible to produce 25 .52 and 31.95 mill. tonnes of foodgrain by the year 2000 and 2010 AD. The current level is 18.5 mill. tonnes although greater potential exis ts. The production of oilseeds, sugar and fish could be doubled by the year 2010 AD. Increasing production would not be enough in view of po pulation increases from 115 mill. today to 145, 177 and 232 mill. by t he years 2000, 2010 and 2030, respectively. Unless, Bangladesh control s its population growth more effectively, regenerates already depleted agricultural resources and brings about a major breakthrough in agric ultural technology, it will not be able to produce enough food to feed its own people after 2010 and continues to move towards major ecologi cal disaster. In view of this critical situation, some measures have b een recommended to control population to regenerate agricultural resou rces, and future areas of research thrust.