The government would procure three lakh tones of Aman rice at Tk 39 per kilogram after it failed to fulfill collection of 15 lakh tonnes of Boro rice and paddy in the wake of recent floods.
The decision of procuring Aman and its price were fixed at a meeting of the food planning and monitoring committee on Thursday at the secretariat.
Food minster Quamrul Islam presided over the meeting that was attended, among others, by finance minister AMA Muhith and agricultural minister Matia Chowdhury.
Quamrul Islam told reporters after the meeting that three lakh tonnes of Aman rice would be procured between December and February 28 at the rate of Tk 39 per kg, which is Tk 6 higher than the last season’s Aman procurement price.
He informed that they fixed the price examining the production cost that has been calculated at Tk 37 per kg.
He expected that the Aman procurement target would be successful.
The food minister who faced severe criticism for the price hike of rice against the backdrop of supply shortage of the staple in the local market also expected that the Aman production target of 1,40,000,00 tonnes in the current season would be achieved.
In May, the same committee decided to procure eight lakh tonnes of Boro rice at Tk 34 per kg and seven lakh tonnes of Boro paddy at Tk 24 per kg.
But the Boro collection target was affected badly due to floods which forced the government to import 15 lakh tones of rice to control the price hike of rice.
The rice price marked at least 30 per cent high in the local market since August and remained almost unchanged.
A senior official who attended the meeting said one third of the Boro procurement target was achieve by the deadline which expired on November 15.
Out of 15 lakh tonnes of rice import, he said, the government could clear purchase of 14 lakh tonnes of rice.
He said 4,17,590 tonnes of rice were imported by the government until November 28 since July 1st.
He also said the quantity of rice in stock was 3,81,030 tonnes as of November 28 which were 4,56,720 tonnes on the same date one year ago.
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