Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Friday said rice price at around Tk 40 per kilogram is reasonable for consumers and farmers as well.
“The commerce minister said rice price below Tk 40 a kg will be unrealistic. I think the price should be kept at Tk 40 in order to protect the farmers’ interests,” Muhith said while speaking at a discussion marking the ‘National Food Safety Day’ at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.Refuting any possibility of any food crisis, the minister said “This year’s crisis was temporary and the food ministry has already resolved the problem. Additional food grains were imported and the food stock is 12 lakh tonnes now, which is enough for us.”
The finance minister also said the nation will have to ensure food safety after ensuring food security.
Addressing the function, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said the recent floods in the haor area and northern districts have caused an artificial crisis as the unexpected floods damaged crops.
“We occasionally face shock due to natural disasters but we are capable of overcoming the crisis,” Matia Chowdhury said.
“We have to ensure food safety the same way we ensured food security,” she added.
Food Minister Qamrul Islam said the government has established Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and Food Safety Law to ensure food safety.He also said the government wants to ensure food security at production, processing, supply and consumers level.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food Ministry Abdul Wadud Dara, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, FAO country representative in Bangladesh David Doolan, among others, spoke on the occasion. Acting Food Secretary Shahabuddin Ahmed presided over the function.
The National Food Safety Day was observed through various programmes across the country. In the capital, the programme commenced with a rally from National Press Club to Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the morning. A daylong food safety fair was also held at the auditorium premises.
The theme of the day this year was “Nirapad Khadye Bhorbo Desh-Sobai Miley Gorbo Sonar Bangladesh” (Let the country be filled with safe food, let’s all join hands to build a golden Bangladesh).