Govt plans to export 1m tonnes of surplus Boro rice
Economic Reporter :
The government is planning to export around 1 million tonnes of surplus Boro rice production after meeting the domestic demand.
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque disclosed the information at a media briefing on Tuesday.
The government will hold a discussion with stakeholders in the next 15 to 20 days after the harvest of the crop to determine whether 5-10 tonnes of Boro rice can be exported this year, he said.
"There won't be any inconvenience if we export the rice. We'll be able to enter the international market which will enhance the country's image."
It is possible to import rice in case of any problem after the export, said the minister.
There will be an adequate surplus of Boro rice if the yield is managed properly, added Razzaque.
"We can export the surplus after ensuring food security in the country." But Razzaque could not provide an exact figure of surplus rice at the briefing.
The government is procuring 1 million tonnes of boiled Boro rice at Tk 36 per kg this year, which is Tk 2 less than last year.
It will procure 150,000 tonnes Boro rice at Tk 35 per kg, 150,000 tonnes of Boro crop at Tk 26 per kg and 50,000 tonnes of wheat at Tk 28 per kg from Apr 25 to Aug 31, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder had said earlier.