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No paddy procured in Jhenaidah despite procurement campaign


Published : 30 Dec 2022 08:11 PM

Although the government had set a target to procure 8,229 tones of rice and 6,731 tones of paddy in Jhenaidah, no paddy was procured in any of the six upazilas in last one and a half month during the current Boro procurement campaign started in mid November. The president of Jhenaidah rice mills owners’ association had lone supplied 663 tones of rice bearing huge financial loss on his solder. 

The current food-grain procurement drive might be marred here in the season, said the farmers, rice mills owners and the officials of the food department in Jhenaidah.

A number of farmers at Kalicharanpur village in Jhenaidah Sadar upazila and Sheikhpara of Shailkupa upazila in Jhenaidah when contacted said they are not showing any interest to sale the paddy in government stores at Taka 28 when the same was selling at Taka 32 to 34 a maund of 40 kilograms. The price gap will throw them in huge financial loss, they said.

Jhenaidah rice mills owners’ association president Moazzem Hossain when contacted said no one of mills owners had showed minimum interest as the rice was selling at Taka 45 to 47 each kilogram in the market as against the government fixed price for Taka 42. He has supplied 633 tones of rice in the government stores incurring huge loss for Taka several lakhs to respond the government initiatives. There was no second miller to respond the call for successful procurement, Moazzem Hossain .

Acting district controller of food (DC Food) Hasan Ali when contacted said no farmer in the district had supplied a single food grain during the current Boro procurement drive started in mid of November. 

Jhenaidah rice mills owners’ association president Moazzem Hossain had supplied 633 tones of rice in Jhenaidah Sadar and another businessman had supplied 18 tones of rice in Kaliganj of the district so far.

DC Food said he is quite hopeless about success of the current procurement drive ending on February next due to huge differences in price fixation during the drive hours.