The government has planned to increase procurement of paddy to ensure a fair price of the produce for farmers.
“We will procure paddy at the very beginning of the harvesting season that would be bought directly from farmers so that the producers get a fair price,” Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder told daily sun.In this regard, a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) will be held on March 28 at the Ministry of Food.
The minister said each year the government declares rice and paddy procurement to give benefit for the farmers but the buyers, millers and middlemen take the advantages.
“This year we have planned to increase procurement of paddy instead of rice,” he said, adding that he directed his officials for feasibility study of paddy silos and paddy dryer machine.
He said farmers cannot provide moisture-free paddy. The dryer machine can help them free moisture from their paddy.
This season the government will also increase procurement of wheat as a higher amount of wheat is also produced in country, said the minister.
Boro rice contributes more than half the country’s annual rice production. The growers of this rice variety across the country pinned high hope on the domestic food procurement scheme.Last year, the government procured Boro rice and paddy at Tk 38 and Tk 26 a kilogramme.
This year the procurement price will be almost the same as the last year’s, said sources in the Ministry of Food.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) fixed the target of boro production which is 196.23 lakh metric tonnes in 48.42 lakh hectors of land.
The production of boro rice was 195.758 lakh tonnes in Fiscal Year 2017-18 while it was 180.160 lakh tonnes in 2016-17, according to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).