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Stern action against rice procurement irregularities: Quamrul

DHALKA, April 18, 2017 (BSS) - Food Minister Quamrul Islam today said stern action will be taken against those to be found involved in irregularities in rice and paddy procurement during this Boro season.

The minister said this while addressing as the chief guest at the general meeting of Bangladesh Auto Husking Mills Owners' Association at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium here with President of the Association Abdur Rashid in the chair.

"We want to bring a revolutionary change in the procurement drive ...the government will purchase food grains directly from the growers through paying account payee cheque," he said, adding "This initiative has been taken to motivate farmers,".

He said necessary steps will be taken so that middlemen cannot discourage the farmers during the procurement.

Earlier on Sunday, the government set a target to procure 7 lakh tonnes paddy, 8 lakh tonnes rice and one lakh tonne wheat in the Boro season. The procurement price for per kg paddy has been fixed at Taka 24, boiled rice at Taka 34, atap rice at Taka 33 and wheat at Taka 28.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)