Rangpur food dept puts 5,100 rice mill owners on blacklist

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 13 Aug 2017, 20:58:25
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Rangpur food dept puts 5,100 rice mill owners on blacklist

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RANGPUR, Aug 13: More than 5,000 rice mill owners have been blacklisted in eight districts of Rangpur division this season as they did not sign contracts with the Food Department to supply rice to government warehouses. The food administration has decided not to buy rice from the blacklisted rice millers for next four seasons.

On the other hand, millers said as market price of rice is higher than the government procurement rate they prefer selling rice at local markets instead of selling it to government purchase centres.

Sources said some 3,042 mill owners out of 8,142 signed agreement with the department to supply rice to government godowns in the division this season.  But the rest 5100 millers did not sign any contract.

According to sources rice procurement drive started in May with a target to purchase 2,08,500 tonnes of Boro rice in the season in 8 districts under the division. And it is expected to continue till August 31.The districts are Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh district. But the millers so far supplied only 79,500 tonnes of rice to government warehouse, sources further said.

Sources said the government decided to buy rice from millers at Tk 34 per kg but presently per kg coarse rice is selling at Tk 42 to Tk 45 in local markets which is higher than government procurement rate.

As the market price of rice has remained high, most of the millers showed their reluctance to sign contracts with the Food Department. And those who signed contract with the government are not showing their eagerness to supply rice to the government godowns, sources alleged.

The regional Food Controller Office sources said rice procurement drive is supposed to be ended on August 31 and Boro rice procurement target may not be achieved this year. Letters have been sent to local food controller office under the division with instructions to serve mill owners notices banning them from selling rice to the government for the next four seasons who did not sign contract and for two seasons those who did not supply rice to government warehouse despite signed contract, sources added.

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