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Agriculture Minister: Farmers to get fair price for rice

  • Distributed combine harvester machines among farmers
  • Govt implementing various initiatives to de-risk Haor crops
Update : 19 Apr 2024, 09:05 PM

Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammed Abdus Shahid on Friday said that the price of rice will be fixed in such a way that farmers get a fair price.

Besides, the government is implementing various initiatives to de-risk Haor crops, he said.

The minister said these while speaking at the Boro Paddy cutting festival in Sunamganj's Sadar upazila on Friday.

Earlier, the minister distributed combine harvester machines among the farmers.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is providing combine harvesters and reapers to farmers with a 70% subsidy so that they can bring their crops within a short time.

Addressing the farmers, the minister said that as there is a risk of crops in Haor areas getting submerged, early and short-lived varieties of paddy should be cultivated.

“The production of new varieties of rice invented by scientists in Bangladesh is very high so cultivate them,” added the minister.

Regarding the price of paddy, the minister said that the meeting will be held after two days to fix the price of paddy. It will ensure that farmers get a fair price. The price of rice will be determined in such a way that the farmers are encouraged to grow paddy, he said.

He said that strict attention should be paid to ensure that only real farmers can sell paddy at a fair price. “Upazila chairmen should keep a close eye so that no syndicate is formed in the sale of paddy.”

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