Monday, June 17, 2019 | ePaper
Save farmers, buy rice directly from them
News media reported that after investing money for ploughing land, planting saplings, irrigation, fertilization, pesticide, harvesting and transportation, a farmer usually spent Tk 15000 for growing rice in each bigha. According to a survey by the Department of Agriculture Marketing, production cost of Boro paddy is Tk 988 for one maund. It includes family labour, interest on working capital and cost of lease or rent of land. In Gazipur, the high yielding varieties BRRI 28 and BRRI 29 are selling at Tk 500 to Tk 580 per maund. The price varies Tk 100 to Tk 200 from district to district across the country. A maund of paddy was selling at about Tk 600 in early February, and the price further dropped to around Tk 500 after Boro harvesting started in late April. Farmers in different areas blamed millers for the fall in paddy prices as the millers are not purchasing since the harvests began, while millers said their warehouses are full of paddy and they have no money to procure as well.
Agriculture Minister has proposed for immediate export of rice to tackle crisis. Side by side, a vested quarter is trying to import rice. That means, it's clearÂ that government is not yet sure what's their job. Yesterday, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, captain of Bangladesh ODI Cricket Team and MP from Narail-2 Constituency ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Narail to buy paddy directly from farmers. We do congratulate his move.
We think, there is no way but to buy paddy directly from the farmers to save the rural economy.