Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said that the ruling government will procure 6-lakh tonnes of paddy directly from farmers the current Aman season.
Abdur Razzaque told that underprivileged farmers will get priority in paddy procurement and a lottery will be held in this regard, and while addressing the inaugural session of 7th BapaFoodPro International Expo 2019 at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) as the chief guest.
He also said that paddy prices increased by Tk 100-200 per 'Monn' after the government’s announcement of paddy procurement which is positive news for farmers. But the ministry is always in dilemma over the hike and fall of prices, he added.
He said that we are criticized when prices fall and face pressure when prices go up.
Despite having huge rice in stock, media reports are coming up over rice price spirals and the price has gone up by Tk 4-5 per kg in the last one week.
Razzaque said that once there was food deficiency in Bangladesh. Though Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country, it has achieved much success in food production. The government has taken a number of initiatives to boost food production.
He said that Bangladesh is a densely-populated country, arable lands are shrinking fast which is a great challenge to the nation in addition to natural calamity.