|Published : 23 Nov 2016, 16:57:03|
‘Procurement price of Aman paddy should be announced’
The farmers in Sunamganj and Khulna districts seek government’s announcement of public procurement price of rice without delay as they already started harvesting the Aman paddy.
They expect the government first set the trend of the market price by announcing the price of this season and look forward to selling their produces soon.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DAE), Aman output in Jamalganj upazila of Sunamganj this season would be around 7,700 tonnes which is 60 tonnes more than the target fixed earlier, reports UNB.
Dr Safayat Ahmmed Siddiki, agriculture officer of DAE’s Jamalganj office, said the production was better this year due to favourable condition.
In Khulna, Aman acreage stood 91,625 hectares which is about 4,000 hectares short of the target. However, a good yield is expected and the gross output from the district would not fall much short of the target.
Many seedbeds were damaged and had to be prepared again during the rains that caused the slight fall in the acreage, but the yield is better due to favourable condition, according to DAE’s Khulna office.
Mostafizur Rahman, a farmer from Paikgachha upazila of the district, said at present the paddy is selling at Tk 650 per mound.
But the price may fall when the harvest will be at its peak, he added.
Noting that prices of public procurements usually cast impact on the overall market price, Abdus Salam Tarafder, district marketing officer of the Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM), said the farmers would be benefited if the government can fix the procurement price of Aman without any delay. –RH