The government announced that the Aman procurement drive will begin from this month raising the price by Tk 2 per kilogram for rice and Tk 1 for paddy from the last season’s rates.
The government has decided to buy 0.3 million tonnes of rice from millers and 0.5 million tonnes of paddy from farmers under the Aman-procurement drive this season to refill public food stock, said Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder.
The target has been set during an inter-ministerial meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) presided by Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder at the cabinet room of the Secretariat in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Asked whether the interests of farmers have been taken into account while fixing the procurement prices of paddy and rice, the food minister said, “No paddy has been purchased through middlemen for the last three to four years. We purchase paddy from farmers through an app and lottery from the list of farmers. The money also goes directly to their bank accounts. There is no scope for middlemen here.”
Answering about the food crisis in the world, he said, “Everything is in our mind. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is dealing with the situation with determination. We have preparations. I don’t think there will be a food crisis in Bangladesh.”
Last year, the government set a target to procure a total of 0.3 million tonnes of paddy from marginal farmers at the rate of Tk 27 per kg and 0.5 million tonnes of boiled rice from millers at the rate of Tk 40 per kg.
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief State Minister Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman and other officials also attended the meeting.