The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it estimates 2020/21 Bangladesh rice production at 35.3 million metric tons (milled basis)
down nearly 2 percent from last month, and down nearly 2 percent from last year.
The revisions are due to additional information from the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture.
“Harvested area is estimated at 11.7 million hectares, down 1 percent from last month and from last year. Yield is estimated at 4.53 metric tons per hectare, down slightly from last year because excessive rains impacted the Aus and Aman crops, which account for roughly 50 percent of the total rice crop,” the USDA said in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate report.
The Bangladesh Department of Disaster Management reported rice crop losses in August 2020 as Cyclone Amphan hampered Boro harvest in May 2020.
“Excessive rainfall decreased yields in both the Aman and Aus growing season. Also, flooding in northern Bangladesh destroyed seedling beds
during the Aman season. Farmers were unable to acquire seeds because of COVID restrictions, which caused distribution problems. Consequently, the late plantings outside of the optimum planting window resulted in reduced yields,” the report said.