The Food Minister said the procurement price for per kg paddy has been fixed at Tk26, parboiled rice at Tk36, non-parboiled rice (Atap) at Tk35 and wheat at Tk28
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Thursday said the government has set a target to procure 125,000 tons of Boro rice and 50,000 tons of wheat in the upcoming Boro season.
“Procurement drive of paddy, rice and wheat will begin on April 25 and continue till August 31 while the wheat procurement will begin on April 1 and continue till June 30,” he told journalists after a meeting of Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) at the Food Ministry Conference room in the city, according to a press release.
The minister said the procurement price for per kg paddy has been fixed at Tk26, parboiled rice at Tk36, non-parboiled rice (Atap) at Tk35 and wheat at Tk28.
According to the meeting, the government has reserve of 129,700 tons of rice and 161,000 tons of wheat in different warehouses across the country.
The minister said the government procured 900,000 tons of rice and 150,000 tons of paddy in the last year.
The meeting was attended, among others, Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, State Minister for Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Dr M Enamur Rahman and senior officials concerned.