Govt to procure Aman paddy at Tk 26 per kg

DHAKA The government will procure six lakh tonnes of

Aman paddy directly from farmers at Taka 26 per kilogram from November 20 to

February 28 next.

Besides, the government will buy 3.50 lakh metric of boiled rice from mill

owners at Taka 36 per kg, while 50,000 tonnes of non-boiled (atap) rice will

be procured from the millers at Taka 35 per kg.

The rice procurement drive will begin on December 1 and continue till

February 28 next.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring

Committee at the Secretariat here today. Talking to reporters after the

meeting, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said considering the interest

of farmers, the meeting has decided to procure six lakh tonnes of Aman paddy

directly from farmers.

We will also procure 3.50 lakh tonnes of boiled rice and 50,000 tonnes of

non-boiled (atap) rice from the millers, he added.

The food minister said local administrations will send the lists of farmers

by November 10 this year and the lists will be uploaded in websites of union

parishads.

After scrutinising the lists of upazila procurement committees, the paddy

will be procured directly from the farmers as per the lists, he said.

Majumder said the Food-Friendly Progrmme of the government has been

extended to seven months from five months marking the Mujib Year to be

celebrated in the next year.

A total of 50,000 households are now getting rice at Taka 10 per kg for

seven months under the programme, he added.

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, lawmakers and senior officials of

the Food Ministry were present at the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)