Rice market unstable in Dinajpur
DINAJPUR, Jan 10: The rice market of the district has become unstable, when people are suffering from severe cold.
The sufferings of the poor people became doubled due to the sudden price hike of rice. The price of per kg rice has increased at Taka 2 to 4.
The rice traders are blaming the mill owners for the sudden price hike. But, the mill owners are saying that the production of most desired rice is decreasing.
In last week, per bag of Guti Swarna rice was sold at Taka 1,300. Now, it is selling at Taka 1,480. The price of BR-29 is 1,850 which was Taka 1,650, BR-28 rose to Taka 1,850 from 1,750, Minicate rose to 2,450 from 2,320, Swarna rose to Taka 1,550 from 1,400. The price of per bag rice has increased at Taka 150 to 200 while per kg increased to Taka 2 to 4.
People of low income have fall into trouble. They said the price of rice has increased but their wage is yet to increase.
Amzad Hossain, a customer coming to Bahadur Bazaar, said, "Now it is hard to maintain my family as the price of rice has increased."
Buyer Anwara Begum said she has been running her family working as a labourer. The price of daily essentials has already increased. Now she has to work hard to maintain her family due to the price hike of rice.
She also said the wages of labourers have not increased though the price of essentials has increased.
Rice traders said, "We have to sell the rice at higher cost as the mill owners raised the price of rice."
A wholesaler of Puratan Bahadur Bazaar Babar Ali said, "The price has increased by Taka 2 to 3 per kg in a week. Our business fell down as the mill owners reduced the supply."
Rice trader Mohammad Alauddin Bepary said BR-28 Minikate rice will come to the market after three to four months. So the price increased.
But the mill owners said the rice price increased as the price of paddy has increased.
Mill owner Gulshan Ali said, "The price of rice is very high in the market. Rice production cost is rising as we have to buy paddy at high price."
Former General Secretary of District Rice Mill Owners Association Reza Humayun Faruq Chowdhury Shamim said the rice price hike is very natural. Few days ago the price fell down. As a result, the millers had to face loss. Besides, the Boro paddy is not available in the market.
The farmers will be benefited if the price remains high, he added.