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Boro rice procurement drive begins in Sadullapur

GAIBANDHA, MAY 21, 2018 (BSS) - Boro rice procurement drive of food department began in Sadullapur upazila in the district yesterday amid much enthusiasm to the millers.

Upazila food department and upazila administration organized a simple function on the premises of a food godown in the upazila town on Sunday in this regard.

Upazila Parishad Chairman Saidur Rahman Munshi formally inaugurated the rice procurement drive as the chief guest and assistant commissioner (Land) Sanjoy Kumar Mohanta and general secretary of upazila Awami League Shahriar Khan Biplob were present at the event as the special guests.

Presided over by upazila food controller Mofakkharul Islam, the function was also addressed, among others, by officer in charge of local supply depot SM Shahid Hasan, general secretary of upazila mills owners association Rezaul Karim Reza and president of upzila krishak league Jahurul Haque.

A target has been fixed to procure a total of 1,514 tonnes of boiled rice and 96 tonnes of Atap rice from the millers through two purchasing centers of the upazila during the current Boro season, said an official.

Price of per kg of boiled rice and Atap rice has also been fixed at TK 38 and TK 37 respectively, he also said.

To make the Boro rice procurement drive a grand success, the department of food has also signed agreement with the millers of the district, he added.

On the opening day, 60 tonnes of boiled rice had been purchased from the millers, sources said.

M. Amzad Hossain, district controller of food, told BSS that the government had fixed a target to procure 21,616 tonnes of boiled rice from 870 millers and 733 atap rice from 62 millers during the current boro season.

The rice procurement would continue in the district till August, 2018.