Rice price to go down by Tk 2-3 per kg

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Dhaka, September 19: The country’s businessmen on Tuesday said the prices of rice would be reduced by Tk 2/3 per kg in the next few days after a meeting with the government on Tuesday.The announcement came after the business leaders and the government reached a consensus over the issue during the meeting at the food ministry.

The business leaders said the government agreed to allow businesses to use plastic bags and to help quicken release of rice-carrying trucks stuck at land ports.

Rice Millers Association general secretary AKM Layek Ali said the government accepted their demands. “The rice price will go down by Tk 2/3 in the next few days,” he said.

Layek Ali requested the government to stop conduct of mobile court.

Rice importer Chitta Majumder said it would help to reduce rice price $ 12 per tonne following government’s decision for allowing use of plastic bags instead of gunny sacks.

Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, food minister Qamrul Islam and some other top government officials sat with business leaders following the recent rice price hike in the country.

The commerce minister also assured rice traders entry of imported rice through Rohonpur land port from India.

He also urged the law enforcing agencies not to harass rice mill owners in the name of conducting mobile court.

Earlier, food minister Qamrul Islam accused businessmen of creating the artificial rice crisis to hike prices.

The minister then claimed there is no rice crisis in the country as nearly 10 million tonnes of rice are in the market.