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LDA urges govt to buy paddy directly from farmers

  • Published at 03:16 pm May 19th, 2019
File photo of farmers reaping paddy in a field in Moulvibazar Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

LDA urged the government to take initiatives to protect farmers from facing looses

Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) has urged the government to directly buy paddy from farmers to ensure fair price.

They also emphasized that government should be buying more paddies from across Bangladesh in order to save the farmers.

LDA leaders made the statement while addressing a rally organized Jatiya Samajtanrik Dal in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday.

Addressing the issue of low price of paddy, Revolutionary Workers Party General Secretary Saiful Huq said: "We have had a great yield of paddy this year and our farmers are being punished for this by the government.”

He said: “Our agriculture minister recently said his ministry can do nothing for the sake of the farmers.

“The agriculture minister should have resigned out of his own moral responsibility before he could say something like this.”

”Buy paddy directly from farmers, only then can the problem be solved," he added. 

Mentioning the sufferings of the jute mill workers, LDA central leader Liakat Ali said: "Farmers are setting their paddy on fire and jute mill workers are out on the streets demanding their wages.

"Do we want to see a Bangladesh like this? We do not want to beg our prime minister for anything. We just want our earned wages."
 Echoing the same, Samajtantrik Andolan Convener Hamidul Haque claimed that the government will destroy all the jute mills across Bangladesh.

Jatiya Krishok Jote Organizing Secretary Ratan Sarker presided over the program.

Communist Party Bangladesh (CPB) Vice President Kazi Sazzad Zahir Chandan, Ganasamhati Andolan central leader Julhsine Babu, Socialist Party of Bangladesh central leader Bazlur Rashid Firoj, and JaSaD General Secretary and MP Shirin Akter, among the others, were also present in the program.

JaSaD President and Member of Parliament Hasanul Haq Inu said: “There is an error in government's buying procedure of paddy from the farmers.

"This has to be solved. Import of rice has to stop. Government should think about exporting rice.”

"The government needs to take integrated initiatives in order to solve this issue. If necessary, the government can rent private storage houses to store paddy, which are harvested this season," Inu added.

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