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5mln low-income families to get food assistance

Published : 09 Jun 2022 10:29 PM

Fifty lakh low-income households will get food assistance of 30 kg of rice each month at the rate of Tk15.

The assistance will be given in the lean seasons- September, October and November and March and April, said Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in his budget speech on Thursday.

The national budget gives priority to enhance food production and supply chain management of food items to keep the domestic commodity market stable, said the minister.

The global food production, procurement, storage and the entire supply chain including agricultural marketing systems faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, said the minister.

Despite the crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh is able to keep the production of agriculture uninterrupted in the country and achieve food and nutrition security thanks to the very timely initiatives of the government, he added.

The government is distributing 5 lakh MT of rice and 5.09 lakh MT of wheat flour in the current fiscal year 2021-2022 and this programme in the FY 2022-23 will continue.