The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved a project to build 30 silos across the country with a combined storage capacity of 1.50 lakh tonnes.
The project will be implemented from July 2021 to December 2023 at a cost of Tk 1,400.22 crore, said a press release of the Food Ministry.The approval came at a meeting of ECNEC with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the meeting virtually from Ganabhaban while members of the cabinet and Planning Commission members joined the meeting from the NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.
The Directorate General of Food under the Ministry of Food will implement the project. The silos will be constructed at 30 upazilas in 24 districts of all the eight divisions of the country.
The main objectives of the project include ensuring fair price of produced paddy after procuring directly from the farmers, increasing government food storage capacity by 1.50 lakh tonnes, incorporating modern technology in government food management, keeping the nutrition quality of food grains for two to three years without using pesticides, maintaining the quality of stored food grains by controlling humidity and temperature and developing a safe and nutritious food management system. The selected upazilas or municipalities where these silos will be constructed are Kotiadi, Mirzapur, Tangail Sadar, Faridpur Sadar, Haluaghat, Melandoho, Sribordi, Brahmanbaria Sadar, Noakhali Sadar, Cumilla Sadar, Dinajpur Sadar, Birol, Thakurgaon Sadar, Boda, Hatibandha, Shibpur, Raninagar, Ishwardi, Nondigram, Sherpur, Khetlal, Kanaighat, Shayestaganj, Sunamganj Sadar, Narail Sadar, Kumarkhali, Charfashion, Patuakhali Sadar and Kalapara.
Key activities under this project include construction of 30 paddy silos each having the storage capacity of 5,000 tonnes with paddy sorting, drying, humidity controlling system and other facilities, incorporating truck and bulk weighing machines, conveying, bucket elevator in the silos, civil foundation of 30 silos and construction of multipurpose buildings, construction of 30 power substations and construction of boundary walls.
Meanwhile, the other projects approved in the ECNEC meeting are: construction of Nolua-Baherchar bridge over the Pandab-Paira River on the Barishal (Dinerarpool) Lakshmipasha-Dumki Road involving around Taka 1,023.50 crore, upgrading of Modhupur-Mymensingh national highway into due standard and width at a cost of around Taka 1,107.17 crore, construction of River port at Chilmari (Ramna, Jorgach, Rajibpur, Roumari, Noyahut) at a cost of around Taka 235.59 crore, enhancing training capacity of BPATC, 1st revised with an additional cost of Taka 348.61 crore, modernization and expansion of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons at a cost of around Taka 215.43 crore.The other projects approved in the meeting are: protection of right embankment of the River Jamuna near Brahmangram-Hatpachil and adjacent areas under Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj and strengthening of Betil Spur-1 and Enayetpur Spur-2 at a cost of Taka 647.49 crore, rehabilitation of Tangon barrage, Buri embankment and Bhulli embankment irrigation project under Thakurgaon district, riverbank protection and integrated water control infrastructures construction at a cost of around Taka 296.36 crore, agriculture seed development and expansion through bio technology at a cost of around Taka 72.35 crore, and erection of Bakhrabad-Meghnaghat-Haripur gas transmission pipeline involving around Taka 1,304.62 crore.