Govt to address paddy price issue: Minister

Staff Correspondent

19 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque on Saturday said they are looking for ways to address the issue of low paddy price.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also worried about the low prices of paddy across the country, he said. 

The minister was speaking at a seminar arranged by Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF) in Dhaka on Saturday.

Farmers are counting about Tk 300s loss per mound as the prices fell. A frustrated farmer even set his crop on fire in protest against price fall.

Farmers have urged the government to ensure fair prices.

“We’ll be forced to stop producing paddy if the situation persists,” a frustrated farmer told.

Minister Razzaque said that there was no much scope to push up prices by procuring paddy directly from farmers.

“It’s very difficult to quickly solve the problem. One of the solutions is to export rice. But it will create a problem, if the country is hit by any natural calamities.”

The government is trying to address the issues. In this regard rice export will be discussed with the government high-ups to take decision, he said.

Replying to a question regarding setting crops on fire, the minister urged everyone not to view the farmers’ protests negatively.

“Such protest takes place in many countries. We don’t have food shortage anymore. We now have food surplus,” he said.

The programme was chaired by BCJF president Kawsar Rahman where PKSF chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad was present as special guest.