What work is there for these farmers in these said cities?Found some nice stats for urban development - and the source is VERY credible, he's a professor at one of the reputed local Universities. His statements are a bit controversial, brash and direct, however.
Professor at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) (2006–present)
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What are the impacts of overpopulation in Bangladesh?
Bangladesh is not overpopulated now, but it was overpopulated before.
- Bangladesh currently produces about 42 million tons of food grain that can feed 210 million people. The current food need is about 33 million tons for 165 million people. There is therefor more than 25% excess supply of food.
- The fertility rate is now at replacement level of 2.1 children per mother, and is expected to fall further to below replacement, Population momentum suggest that the largest population that Bangladesh may ever reach is about 200 million, but there is high probability that it will stop growing before reaching that high number.
- Dhaka and other cities are overcrowded, because the political leaders just do not understand the crying need of making new planned cities with ample open space and road space to allow a minimum of 95% of the people to live in the cities.
- The arable land in Bangladesh is about 40,000 square miles or 25.6 million acres, of which more than 25% has already been eaten by wasteful rural housing. A rural cow has a dung-pit larger than an apartment of a city gentleman. No more than 18 million acres are still available to grow food. But to feed 200 million people, we do not need anymore than 12 million acres.
- Make ten megacities in currently unoccupied or thinly settled areas to house 200 million people. Leave 70% of the land surface open, Make each road at least 220 feet wide. You can still accommodate all the new cities in less than 1 million acres.
- People have no reason to hang in the villages, because agriculture is the most stupid business in the world, The price of food is far below the cost of production. It is insane that a man that can earn 400 taka by driving a rickshaw in a city will work in a farm to earn 200 taka and sit without work 200 days out of 365 in a year. With modern technology, even if people till 20 million acres, only 0.2 million people are needed to till that much land. Yet there are as of now a minimum of 96 million people wasting their lives in the villages doing the absurd stupidity of growing food only to become poorer. At least 90 million villagers must flee from the villages and go to towns and make industrial goods that have limitless demand. Food is the only thing that has a limited demand. The demand for songs or games of cricket or TV shows or films or for toys is unlimited. A man who loves reading books will always want another book, but nobody can want more food once the stomach is full.
- We do not have too many people. We just have too many ignorant fools, who are good for nothing. We do not have good enough cricket players, We do not have good doctors or teachers or lawyers or managers. We have millions of dumb idiots preaching every kind of nonsense. But those who are smart are making good hay: some people are getting rich because they know how to get rich.
- Every developed nations already saw more than 95% of their people fleeing out of the infernal villages. Yes, villages are excessively overpopulated: there is no reason for any intelligent person to live in a village.
What work is there for these farmers in these said cities?