The government will procure more 2.5 lakh tonnes of Boro paddy directly from the farmers at Tk 26 per kg during this current season.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said this at a press briefing in the conference room of his ministry in the city on Tuesday.Price of boro paddy has declined due to surplus production of paddy this year, the minister said.
The government is also finding a permanent solution in this regard. It will build 200 silos with a capacity 20 lakh tonnes of paddy, the minister said.
If the latest measures fail to improve the situation, the quantity of rice procurement will be increased further, he also said.
Bangladesh witnessed a surplus of Boro grain this season. At present, the total storage capacity of government warehouses and silos is around 1.96 million tonnes, said the minister.
So far, the government has bought about 30,000 tonnes of Boro rice from the farmers. The government is yet to buy 120,000 tonnes of rice from them, he said.
With the latest decision to buy another 250,000 tonnes of rice, the government will buy a total of 400,000 tonnes of Boro rice from the farmers, he added.Earlier, the government had decided to procure 1 million tonnes of grains during the current Boro season.
This year the production is much higher than the government’s purchase target.
Farmers alleged that the government is not buying paddy directly from them, but from millers and traders, who are forcing them to sell at lower prices.
Agriculture plays an important role in our economy. Once the country witnessed food crisis but not now it is self sufficient in rice production, Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given two suggestions. One is to buy more paddy form farmers and another to make rice from the paddy through millers.