Action against 16,000 dishonest rice mill owners: Food Minister

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Food Minister

MNA Editorial Desk: The government has blacklisted 16,000 rice millers for hoarding in an effort to manipulate prices, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said on Thursday.

“We have black listed 16,000 dishonest owners of rice mills for three years when the government would not procure any rice from them,” the minister said.

He said the country’s rice stock will be increased to 10 lakh tonnes by August. “There is no food crisis in the country”, the minister asserted during a press conference at his secretariat office.

According to the minister, 1.10 lakh tonnes of rice would reach in Chittagong Port from Vietnam by July when another 1.8 lakh tonnes would come in August.

“The government is procuring a total of 2.5 lakh tonnes of rice from Vietnam on G2G (government to government) contract basis, of which 20 thousand tonnes arrived in the outer anchorage of the Chittagong Port,” the minister added.

Besides, he said the private sector imported 84 thousand tonnes of rice and would import more in the next few months.

The minister also said that negotiation would begin soon with India, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia to procure rice on G2G basis.