The government has decided to procure paddy and rice this Boro season at increased rates.
The purchasing price of paddy from farmers has been set at Tk27 a kg while that of rice to be bought from millers has been fixed at Tk40 per kg, which, respectively, are Tk1 and Tk4 higher compared to last season, said Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder at a virtual press conference organised by his ministry on Monday.
"The government has made the decision to procure 11.5 lakh tonnes of rice, including parboiled and atap (non-boiled), and 6.5 lakh tonnes of paddy in the current Boro season. Of these, around 10 lakh tonnes of parboiled rice will be bought at Tk40 a kg and 1.5 lakh tonnes of atap rice at Tk39 per kg."
Last Boro season, per kg of parboiled rice was bought at Tk36, atap rice at Tk35, and paddy at Tk26.
The collection of Boro paddy will commence on 28 April and that of rice on 7 May, which will continue till 31 August.