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Government mulling rice exports to benefit farmers

  • Published at 04:44 pm May 7th, 2019
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File photo of rice sacks stored up in a depot Dhaka Tribune

The government is expected to reach a decision within 15-20 days

Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak has said that the government is considering exporting rice to benefit farmers.

"We are discussing this with the food and commerce ministries. A decision will be taken within 15-20 days after high-level discussions," he told reporters on Tuesday at the secretariat.

Razzak added that only surplus rice would be exported.

"Rice exports will not affect the market. Last year, we produced 1.3 million tonnes more than our target," he said, while responding to a question.

"Overall, we have about 2–2.5 million tonnes of surplus rice each year," the minister stated.