Some people creating artificial crisis of rice: Food Minister

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food ministerFood minister Quamrul Islam on Thursday asked the mill owners and businesspeople to stop doing politics over rice in the country, reports news agency UNB.

"Some people are involved in creating an artificial rice crisis to embarrass the government," the minister told a press briefing at the secretariat.

Issuing a note of warning to rice millers, Quamrul said, "Still, there's time. Stop doing politics over the issue."

Besides, he asked media people to stop reporting on rice price hike which creates confusion among people.

This year, the government has set a target to produce 19.1 million tonnes of Boro paddy but 2 million tonnes of rice have been damaged by the recent floods in the haor areas of the country, which creates an unusual situation in the rice market, he added.

However, some 6,00,000 tonnes of rice have been imported from India under private arrangement, said Quamrul adding "There'll be no shortage of rice as we have got 1,92,000 tonnes of rice from our country."

He said the government has imported 2,50,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam of which 1,54,000 tonnes have been unloaded.

Besides, the process of importing 2,50,000 tonnes of rice from Cambodia is underway, he said.

Responding to a question over India's ban on rice export to Bangladesh, Quamrul said, "I've found no authenticity of the news after talking to the high commission concerned."

The government will open the OMS service from Sunday next across the country where one kg rice will be sold at Tk 15 while wheat at Tk 17, he said.

Besides, a meeting is scheduled to be held with the mill owners and traders on 19 September over the issue, he added.

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