Food minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Tuesday sought cooperation from the deputy commissioners for procuring paddy directly from the farmers.
He said that the government increased the procurement amount of un-husked rice to four lakh tonnes and of them 1.5 lakh tonnes of paddy were already procured.
The minister came up with the request on the third day of the annual conference of the deputy commissioners at the cabinet division.
However, the government’s procurement so far did not leave any positive impact on the local market as the farmers were incurring losses due to existing low price of their un-husked rice.
The food ministry fixed Tk 1040 for 40 kg un-husked rice while the market price of the same amount of rice was Tk 650 to Tk 700.
Besides, the government procured husked rice from the millers who were actually benefitted by the current system of procurement.
As of July 11, according to food ministry, the government procured 107,252 tonnes of un-husked rice, 6,89,026 tonnes of husked rice and 71,661 tonnes of atob rice.
Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam presided over the working session of the five-day conference of the DCs that began in the capital on Sunday.
Replying to the questions from journalists, the food minister said that the country have sufficient food grains reserved to face the floods.
‘If the disaster ministry places demands for flood victims, the food ministry would ensure supply,’ he said.
In the meeting, the food minister said that the government has undertaken project to build 200 paddy silos across the country and those silos would have a storage capacity of 10 lakh tonnes of rice.
He informed the DCs that all districts will be covered by the paddy silos.
He said that food safety and food security would be given a top priority.
Farmers were troubled by the low prices of un-husked rice this year and many of them threatened that they would stop growing rice since they hardly made any profit from growing the staple.
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