Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 To help marginal farmers get a fair price for their crops the government decided to procure aman paddy directly from them in the upcoming month, reports banglanews24.com.
 The target is to buy 200,000 tons of paddy from the domestic market at Tk26 per kg, 600,000 tons of boiled paddy at Tk37 per kg and 50,000 tons of atap rice at Tk36 per kg, reports Daily Bangladesh.The decision was taken at a meeting of the Food Ministry’s Food Planning and Monitoring Committee at 11:30am yesterday.  The meeting was held via online video conference.After the meeting, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said: “From November 7 to February 28, 2021, we will procure 200,000 metric tons of paddy at Tk26 per kg, boiled rice at Tk37 per kg from November 15 to February 28, 2021 and atap rice at Tk36 per kg.”
 The minister said the government used to collect paddy and rice every year during the boro season and only rice during the aman season to ensure a fair price for paddy to the marginal farmers. However, from last year, during the aman season, paddy is also being collected along with rice.
It was confirmed at the virtual meeting that a stock of 1,081,000 metric tons of food grains are present in government warehouses.