Boro procurement getting momentum in Rangpur division

RANGPUR, The procurement process of Boro rice and paddy is getting momentum putting positive impacts on market price of paddy bringing slight relief to farmers in Rangpur division.

We have already procured 1,532 tonnes of Boro paddy directly from farmers

and 36,733 tonnes of Boro rice from millers till Sunday, said Mohammad

Raihanul Kabir, Regional Controller of Food at Rangpur Regional Office of the

Department of Food.

The government has fixed a record target of procuring 2.24lakh tonnes of

boiled Boro rice, 14,641 tonnes of 'Atap' rice and 23,434 tonnes of Boro

paddy in Rangpur division this time aiming at ensuring fair price to farmers.

The official procurement drive began from April 25 last and would continue

till July 31 next in all eight districts of Rangpur division.

Under the programme, we have completed signing of agreements with 8,000

millers to get supply of one lakh 24 thousand and 310 tonnes of boiled Boro

rice at Taka 36 per kg from Rangpur division, he said.

Besides, another 251 millers would supply 14,641 tonnes of 'Atap' Boro rice

at Taka 35 per kg while the government is purchasing Boro paddy directly from

farmers at Taka 26 per kg (Taka 1,040 per mound), he added.

District Food Controller for Rangpur Abdul Quader said the procurement

process of the fixed target of 25,190 tonnes of boiled Boro rice, 726 tonnes

of 'Atap' Boro ice and 3,998 tonnes of Boro paddy is getting momentum across

the district.

Talking to BSS, farmer Ariful Haque Batul of village Najirdigar in Rangpur

Sadar upazila said he harvested a bumper production of Boro paddy cultivated

on his 5.50 acres of land this season.

The total farming costs of Boro crop, including labourcost for its

harvest, on my five acres of land stood at around Taka 47,000 with Taka 9,000

per acre of land for high wages of farmlabourers this time, he said.

However, Batul got a bumper harvest of 88 mounds of Boro crop in terms of

paddy per acre of land.

Though current market price of paddy stands at Taka 550 per mound, I hope

to earn better profit if I could sell my Boro paddy to the government

purchasing centre at Taka 26 per kg (Taka 1,040 per mound), Batul added.

Similarly, farmers Manik Mian, Mofizar Rahman, Akram Hossain, Badiul Alam,

Abdul Khaleque and Mubarak Ali of different villages in Sadar, Badarganj and

Taraganj upazilas here said they have got bumper production of Boro crop this

time.

The farmers called upon the government to take more steps so that they

could sell their produced Boro paddy directly to the government purchasing

centres at Taka 26 per kg terming the present market price as not profitable

for them.

However, they expressed satisfaction over little rise in the market price

of Boro paddy to Taka 550 to 600 per mound following procurement of the crop

by the government against Taka 500 two weeks back in the region.

Regional Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension

(DAE) Muhammad Ali said farmers have already exceeded the fixed Boro rice

production target after harvesting on 98.57 percent of cultivated land area

in Rangpur agriculture region.

The DAE has fixed a target of producing 20.88lakh tonnes of clean Boro

rice (31.32lakh tonnes of paddy) from 4.97lakh hectares of land for the

region this season.

However, farmers have finally cultivated the crop on 5.09lakh hectares of

land this time, higher by 12,319 hectares than the fixed cultivation target

in the region.

The farmers have already harvested Boro crop on 5.02lakh hectares of

land and produced over 21.42lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice (32.13 tonnes of

paddy) by Sunday in Rangpur agriculture region, Ali said.

The government is trying its best to provide fair price of Boro paddy to

farmers by procuring Boro paddy directly from farmers to reach full benefits

to farmers for their produce, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)