The government will import rice to keep the market stable in the country as the local millers have refused to supply the staple at the rate fixed by the Ministry of Food earlier.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar on Thursday said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given permission to import required quantity of rice.The information was disclosed through a press statement by the Public Relation Officer of the Food Ministry on Thursday.
Earlier, the minister warned the millers that the government would import rice to keep the market stable, if millers refuse to supply the staple at the agreed price.
The ministry will import paddy and rice from Vietnam, Cambodia and India to make a buffer stock against any artificial crisis in the market, sources said.
So far, the government could manage to procure only 1,71,635 tonnes of paddy, 4,49,285 tonnes of parboiled rice and 59,361 tonnes of atap rice, totaling 6,20,209 tonnes against the primary target of 10 lakh tonnes of paddy and 11 lakh tonnes of rice in this Boro season, according to the Food Ministry.
The government has decided to purchase 1.9 million tonnes of Boro rice this year.
They will buy one million tonnes of boiled rice at Tk36 per kg from the millers and 1.5 million tonnes of Atap rice or sundried rice at Tk 35 per kg.It plans to buy 800,000 tonnes of Boro rice directly from the farmers.
Refusing to sell the rice at a government quoted price of Tk36 per kg, some mill owners want to hike the price, hampering the government’s move to stockpile rice for ensuring food security in the country.
Meanwhile, the minister inaugurated a wall painting titled “Bangabandhu’s struggle and Bangladesh’s independence” on the ground floor of the food building at 11 a.m on Thursday.
Secretary of the Ministry of Food Dr. Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum and other senior officials were also present at the programme.