Govt to procure 300,000 tonnes of rice

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MNA Business Desk: The government will procure a total of 300,000 tonnes of aman rice at a rate of Tk 39 per kg from the internal market during the current aman season.

The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting of food planning and monitoring committee (FPMC) held at the Bangladesh secretariat on Thursday. The procurement drive will continue from 3 December 2017 to 28 February 2018.

Last year, the government also procured 300,000 tonnes of aman rice at a rate of Tk 33 per kg and production cost of per kg rice was Tk 29.

Food minister Qamrul Islam chaired the meeting while finance minister AMA Muhith, agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, secretaries of the concerned ministries and other senior ministry officials, among others, attended it.