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 Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razz-aque yesterday said rice might be imported from neighboring countries, if required, to tackle any possible food crisis, reports banglanews24.com, UNB.
 “I think there’ll be no shortage of food in the country but if needed, 5-6 metric tons of rice might be imported from neighbouring countries,” he said while speaking at a press briefing held at the Secretariat. Besides, he said, the government has approved the import of rice in principle.
 “We’re waiting for Aman paddy. Hope, there’ll be no crisis. If we see that the rice price is increasing, then we’ll import it but no decision has been taken yet in this regard,” he said.
 Replying to a question about the ministry’s step to control the rice and potato markets, Razzaque said the production of Boro paddy was good last season and the farmers also got fair prices.
 “We had set a target to bring two lakh hectares of land under Aush cultivation and we’ve achieved it, though paddy fields have been damaged due to the recent flood situation. But uncertainty looms over Aman paddy as it couldn’t be cultivated in l low-lying areas due to stagnant water while a vast tract of Aman paddy field was damaged by flashfloods.”
The Minister also said that it was very difficult to keep the market in check.
 “The law enforcers and the administration give it a try. But it is very difficult in reality. It is difficult due to different tricks devised by the traders. However, we are trying our level best. We are not sitting idle,” said the Minister.