chapter  1
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Introduction

Agriculture is a key economic sector in Bangladesh, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of the GDP and 65 per cent of the labour force. The performance of the sector, here to include crops (70 per cent of agricultural GDP), livestock (10 per cent) and fisheries (10 per cent), has considerable influence on overall growth, the trade balance, the budgetary position of the government, and the level and structure of poverty and malnutrition in the country. Moreover, much of

the rural population, especially the poor, is reliant on the agriculture sector as a critical source of livelihoods and employment. Many may also do so indirectly through employment in small-scale rural enterprises that provide goods and services to farms and agro-based industries and trades.