The government has decided to procure 1.15 million tonne of rice and 0.65 million tonne of paddy during the current Boro season.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder disclosed the information while talking to reporters at a virtual press briefing on Monday.Some 1.0 million tonne of boiled rice will be procured at Tk 40 per kg, 0.15 million tonne of non-boiled (atap) rice at Tk 39 per kg, and 0.65 million tonne of paddy at Tk 27 per kg, said the minister.
Paddy procurement will start from April 28 and rice from May 7. The procurement will continue till August 31, he said.
The decisions were made at a virtual meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee on April 22. Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder chaired the meeting.
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Enamur Rahman, the state minister for disaster management and relief, among others, attended the meeting through a videoconference.
Last year, the government set a target to procure 0.60 million tonne of paddy and 1.10 million tonne of rice during boro season.