Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader has expressed his concern over fall in Boro paddy price and urged the government to resolve it immediately.
‘Farmers are in problem with low price and high wages of harvesting. When a maund of coarse rice is being sold at Tk 500-550, a maund of fine rice is priced at Tk 1, 600 to Tk 2,000. The government purchases rice from millers, depriving the growers of fair price,’ he said.The Jatiya Party leader came up with the statements while addressing a press conference at its chairman’s Banani office in the capital on Saturday.
‘According to media reports, the farmers expend Tk 906.50 for producing one maund of paddy and they also have to expend Tk 600 to Tk 1,000 for harvesting one maund of the paddy,’ he said.
Quader urged the government to buy paddy directly from the farmers instead of millers in fixed due price in a bid to resolve the crisis of the farmers.
He also urged the government to hire private godowns for stocking paddy saying ‘If necessary, the government should use private storage facilities for emergencies.’
He also warned that in current situation, exporting rice may cause food scarcity in the country.
GM Quader said the government should not take decision hurriedly about exporting rice without assessment.‘We think the government should reassess the current situation before exports rice. It may create serious food scarcity,’ he said.
Replying to a question, Quader said they will raise the issue in the parliament.
In an another question, Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga said they are thinking to declare protest programmes after Ramadan to realise demands of the farmers.