The government had a plan to import another 11 lakh metric tonnes of food grain in the next 2018-19 fiscal, said the top food official in Dhaka on Monday.
‘We are ready to import 7 lakh metric tonnes of rice and 4 lakh metric tonnes of wheat in the 2018-19 fiscal considering the food demand in the country,’ said director general of the Department of Food Mohammad Badrul Hasan.
About food import, the food official said although the country had huge food stock and the boro procurement season was approaching which would begin within a couple of months, so the country had no need to import food grain import in the immediate future.
But the government had set a provision to import 11 lakh metric tonnes food grain in the next fiscal year if the standing crops were damaged by any other natural catastrophe, the official added.
Meanwhile, the government had already imported nearly 10 lakh metric tonnes of food grain in the current fiscal year.
Rice import substantially rose in the 2017-18 fiscal amid crop losses, mainly boro paddy, in the flash floods in the country’s north-eastern haor areas and depleting public stock as well as rising prices of staples in the domestic market.
The government so far had imported around 1.08 million tonnes of rice and paddy from Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Cambodia and Russia through G2G and international bidding process in 201718 fiscal, he said.
Of the imported food grains, a total of 818,000 tonnes of rice and wheat had already been unloaded at the port and the rest of 268,000 tonnes were being unloaded, he added.
The current food grain stock comprised 9.70 lakh tonnes of rice and 3.62 lakh tonnes wheat in the food warehouses.
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