At least 330 farmers listed with food department at Dhunat in Bogura failed to supply the government paddy as a local syndicate stopped procurement of paddy much before the deadline.
The deprived farmers sought immediate intervention of the government’s concerned department into the matter.
According to Dhunat upazila agriculture office, 52,068 farmers grew boro on 16,100 hectares of lands in the upazila. The farmers incurred loss as each maund of paddy was sold at Tk 480 to Tk 550.
In such situation, the government set the price of paddy at Tk 26 a kilogram.
On May 27, the food department selected 502 farmers through lottery to purchase one tonne of paddy from each of them at government price.
In the second phase, a list of 1,670 farmers was also finalised without lottery to purchase 835 tonnes of paddy from August 1 to August 31.
Till August 26, the food department procured 670 tonnes of paddy from 1,340 farmers and then stopped procurement without issuing prior notice.
Such a move by the department put the 330 listed in misery as they were facing problems in selling their paddy.
Dhunat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Razia Sultana, also chairperson of Dhunat Upazila Rice Procurement Committee, said that they would investigate why the procurement of paddy stopped midway without informing the farmers.
Bogura district food controller SM Saiful Islam said the procurement deadline was extended to September 15.
He said it was wrong to stop procurement of paddy midway. Necessary steps would be taken after investigation, he added.
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