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Agriculture and Food in the 21 st Century

Economic, Environmental and Social Challenges- Festschrift on the Occasion of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael Schmitz 65 th Birthday

Monika Hartmann and Joachim Hesse

This Festschrift in honour of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael Schmitz covers theoretical as well as empirical works on challenges prevailing in the food and agricultural sector. Discussions of conflicts between social and ecological requests of citizens and market outcomes are provided. The contributors discuss options of policy interventions as well as their limitations. Empirical facts that can contribute to a more evidence based policy formation are also presented. The book itself consists of two parts: «agri-food markets and policies» and «agriculture, trade and development». Topics covered are moral, markets and policies, farm animal welfare, fat taxes, agricultural derivatives markets, future food value chains, free trade agreements, food security, food waste and climate change.
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Production and Wastage of Rice in Bangladesh: Khandaker M. M. Rahman, Mohammad I. A. Mia, Mohammad Z. Abedin and Mohammad Z. Rahman

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Khandaker M. M. RAHMAN, Mohammad I. A. MIA, Mohammad Z. ABEDIN and Mohammad Z. RAHMAN

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This study has been conducted in Bangladesh in the year 2010 to assess potential, harvest and post-harvest losses of rice that occurred during production, harvest and post-harvest operations like cutting, field drying, transporting from field to threshing yard, threshing, winnowing, drying, in-store, out-store, transporting, marketing etc. The main motivation of this study was to estimate stock availability towards formulating policy options for national food security. Total harvest losses for Aus, Aman, Boro and all rice were respectively 6.33%, 6.30%, 7.12% and 6.65% of total gross production whereas total post-harvest losses were 9.57%, 8.90%,10.16% and 9.52%. Total wastages for Aus, Aman, Boro and all rice were respectively 15.90%, 15.20%, 17.28% and 16.17% respectively. The total seed, feed and wastages for the above crops were respectively 21.88%, 19.31%, 19.91% and 19.64%. Total losses of rice including potential loss were the highest for Boro (33.91%) followed by Aman (30.31%) and Aus (25.88%) respectively with the total loss of all rice at 31.64%. Per farm marketable surpluses for Aus, Aman, Boro and all rice were respectively about 21%, 52%, 59% and 54% of gross production. The stock availabilities per farm at the end of each crop season were respectively about 8%, 5%, 2% and 4%. A package of policy options and recommendations such as developments of less grain shattering high yielding variety and rural infrastructure, irrigation facilities, timely cutting of rice, threshing, winnowing...

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