The federal government will procure 7-8 lakh tonnes of paddy as an alternative of the prevailing goal of 4 lakh tonnes if wanted, to make sure truthful costs for farmers within the present Boro season, mentioned Meals Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday.
“The federal government needs farmers to get good costs for his or her crops. If farmers get good costs we’ll pleased. We’re working to make sure it,” he mentioned.
The Meals Minister mentioned this at a press briefing after he inaugurated the Assortment of Boro paddy and rice-2023 by way of a digital platform from his workplace room within the Bangladesh Secretariat.
“The federal government has determined to gather 400,000 tonnes of Boro paddy within the present Boro season. But when the farmer doesn’t get the costs of paddy correctly, then the federal government will procure 7-8 lakh tonnes of paddy if obligatory. Moreover, 12.5 lakh tonnes of rice might be procured (on this season),” he mentioned.
The minister, nonetheless, mentioned there might be no compromise on the standard of rice through the assortment drive. The sector officers have already been instructed to finish the gathering correctly, making certain the standard of the rice, he mentioned.
He mentioned the federal government is shopping for paddy at a better value this time contemplating the pursuits of the farmers.
Sadhan Chandra mentioned the paddy ought to be harvested inside the subsequent 15 days in order that the crops wouldn’t be broken in any pure calamity.
He mentioned the meals officers have been directed to blacklist mill homeowners who didn’t signal contracts to provide rice to the federal government within the final season and never ship their names incorporating these within the match checklist. Those that helped the federal government by signing contracts are within the good e book of the federal government.
Throughout the present season of Boro collection-2023, a goal was set to acquire 4.00 lakh tonnes of paddy, 12.50 lakh tonnes of boiled rice and 1 lakh tonnes of wheat. The gathering will proceed until August 31, 2023.
The gathering value of boro paddy has been fastened at Tk 30 per kg, whereas that of boiled rice at Tk 44 and wheat at Tk 35 per kg.
In 2022, the costs of paddy, rice and wheat have been Tk 27, Tk 40 and Tk 28 respectively, mentioned a press launch.