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Ongoing crackdown on rice stocks will intensify: Food Minister

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  • 05 June, 2022 10:38:34

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News Desk: Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder has said that the ongoing campaign against stockpiling of paddy and rice will be intensified.

The minister was speaking as the chief guest on Thursday (June 2) while virtually participating in an online exchange meeting on internal procurement and market monitoring for the Boro-2022 season.

He said, "A section is spreading misleading information about food shortage, but there is no danger of food shortage in Bangladesh." The crackdown on stockpiling will intensify. '

Stating that the government procures paddy and rice for two reasons, the food minister said, "First of all, if the government buys paddy, the farmer gets a fair price for his crop." Second, national food security is ensured.

‘Food department officials need to work to make borough collection a success. Any kind of negligence will not be tolerated. '

Instructing not to misbehave with anyone while collecting paddy and rice, Sadhan Chandra Majumder said, "However, the quality of rice cannot be compromised."

The minister directed the administration to increase surveillance to ensure that big corporate houses do not get involved in paddy and rice business if they do not have their own mills.

Addressing the food department officials, Sadhan Chandra Majumder said, "We need to focus on issuing and renewing food grain licenses." We have to make sure that no one can do business without a license, no illegal hoarding. '

He directed to take necessary action against illegal hoarders in accordance with the Special Powers Act, 1974.

"Prices of rice and wheat have started falling in neighboring countries," he said. He is also giving letters saying that the countries will export rice and wheat.

Stating that the market will not be allowed to destabilize, the food minister said if necessary, rice will be imported by reducing the tax.

Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Food. Mojibar Rahman chaired the meeting, said the director general of the Department of Food. Sakhawat Hossain, Chittagong Divisional Commissioner. Ashraf Uddin, Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong and Sylhet Division, Deputy Director of Agriculture Department, field officers of Food Department and mill owners were virtually involved in the meeting.

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