The government will procure 6 lakh tonnes of parboiled Aman rice from farmers across the country from December 1.
‘The government has decided to procure 6 lakh tonnes of parboiled Aman rice at Tk 36 per kg,’ food minister advocate Quamrul Islam told journalists after a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee at the secretariat here on Sunday.
He said the rice procurement price for this year has been fixed at Tk 36 as the per kg production cost varied from Tk 34 to 35.
The minister said the government will increase the procurement volume by 2-3 lakh tonnes if the procurement drive becomes satisfactory.
The procurement will end on February 28, 2019.
The food stockpile in the public warehouse stands at 12.18 lakh tonnes — 9.68 lakh tonnes of rice and 2.50 lakh tonnes of wheat.
Chaired by the food minister, the meeting was also attended, among others, by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and food ministry officials.
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