Tipu Munshi urges millers, traders not to hike rice prices
Published : Friday, 11 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 174
The rice mill owners and wholesale traders have been urged not to resort to unethical means to hike prices of rice, which directly affect the people.
Newly appointed Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Thursday made the call while exchanging views with the country's rice mill owners and wholesale traders at Khadya Bhaban in Dhaka.
The Directorate General of Food (DG Food) authority organised the meeting aiming at tackling the country's food price, which has recently seen a rise.
Food Minister Shadan Chandra Majumder chaired the programme while Commerce Secretary Mofizul Haq, Food Secretary Sahabuddin Ahmed and Director General of Food Arifur Rahman Apu also spoke on the occasion.
Country's major rice mill owners and traders attended the meeting.
In the speech, Tipu Munshi said the rice mill owners and traders should be more careful to run their business so that the country's common people would not victim of their brisk business." Terming the businessmen the life-line of the country the Commerce Minister advised them not to pursue any unethical means.
Food Minister Shadhan Chandra Majumder said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working to ensure self-sufficiency in food production. The food stock of the country has now increased to 13.60 lakh metric tonnes.
To ensure the fair price of rice for the country's farmers, the minister advised DG Food authority to revise the date of rice procurement.
The DG Food authority usually fixes Aman procurement date on December 1 but the farmers complete their harvest by the first week of November. As a result, farmers don't get their price. Turning down the reported rice price increase on media, Commerce Secretary Mofizul Haq said there is no scope for increasing rice price as the country has already witnessed significant Aman production and the country has adequate stock of rice.
The millers and traders attending the meeting said excessive import of staple food and rice procurement in odd-time led the rice price higher in the country.
Rice traders of Naogaon Nirod Boron Saha Chandan told the meeting that in last year, the country witnessed food deficiency of around 10 lakh tonnes officially due to flash flood in haor area. But, the country imported around 38 lakh tonnes, which subsequently hiked local rice price.