Govt to procure 8 lakh MT of Aman paddy, rice
Published: 02:52 PM, 28 October 2020 Updated: 03:21 PM, 28 October 2020
The government will procure aman paddy directly from marginal farmers, to this end, targets have been set — 2 lakh metric tonnes of paddy at Tk 26 per kg, 6 lakh metric tonnes of cooked rice at Tk 37 per kg and 50,000 metric tonnes of atap rice at Tk 36 per kg from the domestic market.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Food Planning and Conservation Committee of the Ministry of Food on Wednesday. The meeting was held via online videoconference.
Agriculture Minister Dr. Md. Abdur Razzaque, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman and other senior officials of various ministries and departments joined the meeting.
After the meeting, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said 2 lakh metric tonnes of paddy will be procured from November 7 this year to February 28, 2021, at the rate of Tk 26 per kg, cooked rice at the rate of Tk 37 per kg from November to February 28 and atap rice at the rate of Tk 36 per kg.
Although the government procured paddy and rice every year during the Boro season to ensure a fair price for the marginal farmers, only rice was collected during the Aman season. Apart from rice, paddy is also being collected during the aman season from last year, he also said.
“So far, 10.81 lakh metric tonnes of food grains are stored in the government warehouses,” he added.
It is worth to be mentioned that the government procured 6 lakh metric tonnes of paddy at Tk 26, 3.38 lakh metric tonnes of cooked rice at Tk 36 and 43,401 metric tonnes of atap rice at Tk 35 last year.