The vehicles of postal services have started carrying seasonal fruits – mango, litchi and the like – to Dhaka free of cost from marginal farmers in Rajshahi region.
The government initiative aims to help the farmers so they can sell their produce at a reasonable price directly bypassing the middlemen through a service called ‘Krishak Bandhu Postal Service’.Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Tuesday inaugurated the services through video conference from his residence, thus joining a ceremony at Patia Upazila conference room, said a press release of the ministry.
“Farmers can sell their produce at fair prices without any middleman using this service and also receive money digitally staying at home,” said the minister.
He said it would not require any additional expenditure of the government as postal department’s Dhaka returnee vehicles, which are being commissioned for transporting postal services across the country, would be engaged in this service.
Earlier on May 9, the Directorate of Posts launched Krishak Bondhu Postal Service (KBPS) with the aim of free transporting agricultural products from marginal farmers into the wholesale markets and super shops in the capital city.
Posts and Telecommunications Division Secretary Nur-Ur-Rahman and BPO Director General SS Bhadra also joined the ceremony.
Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner Md Hamidul Huq moderated the function.“Under this service, farmers will get the money for their products through the digital platform. As a result, they will get a fair price for their produce without any middlemen,” said the press release.
The return vehicles of Postal Department to the capital used in postal transport across the country will be used to transport the products by the farmers. There will be no additional cost to the government, the minister said during the inauguration programme.