Food grain reserve declines

Staff Correspondent

10 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The country’s foodgrain stock has declined by 5.93 lakh tonnes compared to last year.

The government had 10.03 lakh tonnes of food grains stock till 5 November. The stock includes 7.25 lakh tonnes of rice and 2.78 tonnes of wheat, according to the storage statistic of the Ministry of Food.

Food grain stock stood at 15.96 lakh tonnes during the same period last year.

The government has distributed a larger volume of foodgrains this year under different social safety net programmes amid the corona crisis.

The government has also failed to meet the Boro procurement target rice last season.

The food department managed to purchase 0.94 million tonnes of rice and paddy against the target of 1.95 million tonnes, registering a shortfall of 1.01 million tonnes.

The directorate general of food (DG Food), which is under the ministry of food, had set the target to procure one million tonnes of boiled Boro rice, 150,000 tonnes of non-boiled rice and 0.8 million tonnes of paddy.

But only 217,000 tonnes of Boro paddy, 632,537 tonnes of boiled rice and 94,347 tonnes of non-boiled rice were procured as of 15 September, the last date of procurement.

The government had purchased boiled Boro rice at 36 per kg, non-boiled rice at Tk 35 per kg and paddy at Tk 26 per kg. The procurement of paddy began on 26 April while rice purchase on 7 May.

The procurement drive was originally scheduled to end on August 31, but the time was later extended up to 15 September due to poor responses.