Bangladesh

Weather and Boron Dependent

Agriculture contributes nearly 20% of the national GDP of Bangladesh and employs more than 60% of the population. Three main crops—rice, jute, and tea—comprise most of the country’s exports, although Bangladeshi farmers produce sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, and a variety of fruits and vegetables for the domestic market.

Rice, the primary crop, is a staple of the Bangladeshi diet, although wheat is growing in importance. Because of Bangladesh's fertile soil and plentiful water supply, rice can be grown and harvested three times a year in many areas.

Farming in Bangladesh is heavily dependent on the weather. Frequent flooding, improper fertilizer distribution, and the continuous production of high-yield crops such as rice have reduced the availability of naturally occurring boron in the soil.

Featured Regional Crops

Indian mustard
Boron deficiency causes young Indian mustard leaves to become deformed and curled.
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Rice
In rice plants, boron does not move throughout the plant. Because it doesn't move to new growth, boron deficiency symptoms usually appear first on young leaves.
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Wheat
Boron deficiency causes similar symptoms on wheat, barley, oats, and rye.
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Improve Soil Conditions with Boron Supplementation

Supplementation with a high-quality, water soluble boron fertilizer can help Bangladeshi farmers make the most of their small land holdings and shift production from rice to higher-value crops. This can significantly reduce malnutrition, increase incomes, and create more and better on-farm and non-farm jobs.

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