Sylhet rice millers urge authority to fix new procurement rate

Dhaka,  Tue,  19 September 2017
Published : 18 Jun 2017, 21:21:26 | Updated : 19 Jun 2017, 12:40:49
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Sylhet rice millers urge authority to fix new procurement rate

Aus paddy cultivation going on in full swing
Our Correspondent
SYLHET: Only 45 millers out of 482 listed signed contracts with the Food Department for supplying 1358 tonnes of rice from the four districts of the division.

However, sources said most of them wouldn't be able to supply as the region had lost almost 95 per cent Boro crops in Sunamagnj while the other districts also suffered much.

Besides, the other millers even on repeated requests from the Food Department, didn't respond that way for signing contracts, said Regional Controller of Food, Sylhet division, Md Anisuzzaman.

Only one miller managed supplying 22.5 tonnes of rice in Jogonnathpur upazila till as yet.

Of the total, only two millers out of 85 in Sylhet district signed contracts while it is 36 against a total of 49 in Moulvibazar and only seven in Sunamganj against the total 270. None among 78 millers in Habiganj responded to sign contract. A number of millers, requesting to remain unquoted, said the decision of rice procurement in the division was wrong one this year as the effects of disastrous floods is still visible in the haor region.

Besides, market price of rice is higher all over the country than the rate government is offering during the drive, a good number of millers said. They urged the authority concerned to fix a new procurement rate.

Meanwhile, Aus cultivation is going on in full swing across Sylhet division.

Additional Director of DAE, Sylhet divisional office, Md Altabur Rahman said the department had revised the division's target from 133,028 hectares to 1176,919 hectares for the season in a bid to recoup the loss of Boro paddy due the repeated and early floods this year.

Over 90 per cent of the new target is achieved yet, he said, adding, the area stood at 170,578 till Saturday last.

Already the farmers have completed farming on 64,621 hectares of land against the target of 67,509 hectares in Sylhet, 48,337 hectares in Moulvibazar, 45,120 hecatres in Habiganj and 12,500 hectares in Sunamganj district.

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