• Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020
  • Last Update : 08:48 pm

Razzaque: Measures underway to ensure fair price of paddy

  • Published at 09:31 pm September 12th, 2019
File photo: Farmers are now busy in harvesting paddy amidst good yield in Nilphammari but frustrated over low market price Dhaka Tribune

Government will procure maximum amount of paddy from marginalized farmers

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque said that as there was a serious resentment among farmers over low prices of paddy, and therefore the government has taken various measures to solve the problem.

“There has been widespread discussion at national level over farmers not getting due prices by selling paddy. A serious anger was created among farmers and it became an important issue. It cannot be accepted that people would not be benefited and get fair prices by cultivating paddy,” he told the parliament on Thursday.

Replying to a supplementary question, the minister also said, “We want farmers to get fair prices of their produce and it is also the principle of the government. The prime minister is also very kind to farmers and has been helping them in many ways. We’ve taken various measures to ensure the due prices for farmers.”

As part of the measures, the government will procure maximum amount of paddy from marginalized farmers, the minister said.

Razzaque further said that they are going to list the farmers in three categories—rich, middle-income and marginalized ones. “We’ll procure 20% paddy from the rich framers, 30% from the middle-income ones and the rest from the marginalized farmers.”

The list of farmers will be displayed at different upazilas and union parishads across the country, and the agriculture officers will inform the farmers about it. “We hope that the framers will get better prices than before following the steps, Agriculture minister said”

The government is working on formulating a paddy procurement policy which will be placed at the Cabinet soon, he informed.

Mentioning that the production cost of paddy has increased due to high labour cost, Razzaque said the government is going to provide the farmers with subsidy to procure expensive farming tools like harvesting machines.

“In the past, the government was in a dilemma as the country used to face famine for lack of paddy production and now it has been facing problem to ensure fair prices due to excessive production of paddy. We’re confident that we’ll overcome the problem,” Razzaque said.

blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail