Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), on Monday urged the government to ensure fair prices of paddy, even by providing subsidy if necessary.
He came up with this call while Speaking at an iftar party arranged at a city hotel by Swechchhasebak Dhara, an associate body of BDB.“Farmers play an outstanding role in developing the country. So, they must be kept alive in the interest of the country and its development,” he said.
B Chowdhury also said comprehensive steps will have to be taken to save the farmers instead of showing any excuse. “The government must procure paddy directly from farmers.”
B Chowdhury, also a former president, said the government can keep the paddy at framers’ warehouses by paying them half the prices of the crop if there is shortage of government silos.
“The rest money can be paid when the paddy will be brought to the government silos from farmers,” he suggested.
He also said the government can rent the private food warehouses to tackle the current situation.