SYLHET, Mar 20: The current rice procurement drive in Sylhet region has been extended by 15 days. Now it will continue till March 31.
The authority had fixed the target to procure 16,420 tonnes of rice -- Atap (non boiled) 15,000 tonnes and boiled 1420 tonnes -- this season from the four districts of the division.
But considering a poor response from the listed suppliers, the target was reduced later. The present procurement target is boiled 1218 tonnes and non-boiled 8,177 tonnes.
The listed millers supply rice to 44 purchasing centres in the division, at Tk 32 for Atap and Tk 33 for the boiled one per kg.
In Sylhet, 293 tonnes of boiled rice have already been collected while 3244 tonnes of Atop rice is procured.
In Moulvibazar, 247 tonnes of boiled and 825 tonnes of Atap rice have already been procured. In Sunamganj, the target of 24 tonnes of boiled rice and the 2718 tonnes of Atap rice is already achieved.
667 tonnes of boiled rice have been collected against targeted 684 tonnes and 1220 tonnes of Atop against 1273 tonnes of target.
Regional Controller of Food, Sylhet Division, Md Anisuzzaman said, "Rice is being procured through the listed millers. We are close to achieving the target."
The district food department has selected 185 millers for the supply of non-boiled rice and 37 for boiled one.
Our Correspondent in Magura reports: Aman procurement drive time has been extended in the district.
Magura district food office sources said they started food procurement drive from December 1 last to procure 3,093 tonnes of rice. The drive was supposed to be run till March 15 with the procurement target of 2,475 tonnes. But the authority will continue the drive till the end of March.
A total of 188 dealers are listed to supply rice in the drive at Tk 33 per kg.
A good number of dealers said the present market price of rice is high. In this situation, many dealers do not want to sell rice in the drive at Tk 33 per kg.
Requesting anonymity a dealer said, "As we signed contract, we are bound to supply rice in the drive. But we have to count massive loss selling rice at Tk 33 per kg only as the retail market rate is higher."