Rice farmers in 24 districts are showing a lukewarm response in selling Boro rice through Krishoker App (farmer's app), according to sources from the food directorate.
Simultaneously, the Directorate General of Food has also stopped collecting rice using this digital service.
Earlier, the government decided that during the Boro season, rice would be collected from 18 upazilas through this app.
But considering the Covid-19 situation, the directorate has halted the digital rice collection programme, and informed the matter to the food ministry. Sources said that the programme will begin again next year.
However, the food directorate had already started collecting rice from 24 upazilas using the Krishoker App. Registration date for farmers and the application deadline to sell rice through the app were extended to May 7.
But an analysis in April found the ratio of farmers' application for registration and selling in the areas, including Brahmanbaria, Savar, Cumilla Sadar and Barishal Sadar, was unsatisfactory.
However, many applications are waiting for approval in areas including Tangail Sadar, Bogura Sadar, and Narail Sadar.
The food directorate has issued a letter to the food ministry and regional food controllers regarding the issue.
In the letter, it asked the regional food controllers to take strong measures in this regard.