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Govt to procure 2 lakh tonnes of Aman rice

DHAKA, NOV 27: The government will procure two lakh tonnes of Aman rice this season aiming to boost food grain stock for ensuring the food security of people and help the farmers get its fair price. “Initiative has already been taken to ensure the price of local Aaman rice for the farmers and to stable the rice price in local markets just months ahead of the upcoming national elections to be held in January,??? food minister Ramesh Chandra Sen told reporters after a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Committee held at the Ministry’s conference room.

“The committee has decided to procure two lakh tonnes of Aman rice from the local market. It also fixed the price of rice at Tk 30 per kilogram against the production cost of rice Tk 25.42 per kg in this season. The production cost of per kg paddy was Tk17 last year and price was Tk 29 per kg,??? he said.

Among others, finance minister AMA Muhith, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and commerce minister GM Quader attended the meeting.

The food minister further said that the government usually starts to procure rice from November1. But

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