Govt may export fine rice after Aman harvest

Govt may export fine rice after Aman harvest
Food minister asserts sufficient stock and supply of rice
Staff Correspondent

Food Minister Abdur Razzak said the government may export fine variety of rice soon after the current Aman harvest season.

“In response to a request from the commerce minister, I told him we can export fine rice, but only after Aman harvest,” he said while addressing a farmers’ workshop in the city on Wednesday.

Abdur Razzak claimed that every citizen of the country now has access to sufficient food, saying that “supply of rice is adequate now while the prices of the staple foods have also started falling”

Even a low-income labour can now afford six to seven kilograms of rice daily, the minister added.

He said the government has 1.5 million tones of rice in its stock right now and it will be increased to around 2.2 million tones after the ensuing harvesting season.

The learning and knowledge sharing workshop was held under a project titled ‘Making Agriculture and Market system Works for Landless, Marginal and Smallholder Farmers in Bangladesh’.

This 21-month project covering the period from January 2010 to September 2011, aimed at improving food security in rural areas through developing agriculture and its market system.

The European Union (EU) and Practical Action funded the project, which was implemented jointly by two NGOs—-BASA and VPKA.

The minister stressed on establishing an effective link between the farmers and traders to ensure due returns for the farmers’ products.

He also laid emphasise on the need to develop commercialisation of agriculture so that the farmers do not count losses.

European Union Ambassador Willium Hanna, Research Director of Livestock Services Department Mohsin Ali and Deputy Director of Aquaculture of Fisheries Department Muniruzzaman were also present at the function.

Laying emphasis on linking the market system with agriculture, Willium Hanna said Bangladesh made big strides in achieving food security.

“When I visited different rural areas of Bangladesh, I saw the determined farmers who really impressed me,” he said, adding that the EU will continue its support to ensure Bangladesh’s food security.


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