Govt to procure 19.5 lakh tonnes Boro paddy, rice

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Dhaka, April 30: The government will procure some 11.5 lakh tonnes of rice (boiled and non-boiled) and eight lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current Boro season.Besides, some 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat will be procured from local markets in the season, said a handout of the Food Ministry on Thursday.

The government has set the target at a meeting of Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) at the conference room of the ministry.

Some 10 lakh metric tonnes of boiled rice will be procured at Tk 36 per kg, 1.5 lakh metric tonnes of non-boiled (atap) rice at Tk 35 per kg and six lakh metric tonnes of paddy at Tk 26 per kg.

Besides, wheat will be collected at Tk 28 per kg.

Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam, among others, attended the meeting through a videoconference.

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Mazumder presided over the meeting.