TANGAIL: Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque on Saturday said the government has fixed a reasonable price for potato, pledging to bring down the price hike of this popular vegetable strictly.
“We have fixed a reasonable price and that has not been fixed illogically”, he said.Taking people’s annoyance over abnormal hike in potato price in consideration, the minister made this pledge while addressing a stipend distribution programme as the chief guest at Modhupur Upazila Parishad auditorium in Tangail.
The government has fixed a reasonable price by declining the potato price, he said, adding that “The traders should sell potato at a reasonable price.”
Razzaque said, “The cold storage owners are buying potato at Taka 16-17 per kg and will sell it Taka 27 per kg, a price not fixed irrationally.”
There is no food shortage in the country yet the minister said adding that the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina already has taken precautionary measures to avoid any possible food deficit in the future.
About the Aman production, the minister said the government has a plan to import a small quantity of rice from abroad if floods and heavy downpour cause any massive damage to the standing Aman crop.
“The government at any cost will save the people from food shortage”, the minister told the function.Chaired by Modhupur Upazila Chairman Sarwar Alam Khan, the programme was addressed, among others, by Deputy Commissioner of Tangail M Ataul Gani, Modhupur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Arifa Zohura, Tangail district council panel chairman Khandoker Shafi Uddin Moni and Modhupur Municipality Mayor M Masud Parvez.