The Food Department has taken up a programme for procure 16,420 tonnes of rice from the four districts of Sylhet division this season. Of the total, 15,000 tonnes are Atap and the rest 1420 tonnes are boiled rice, official sources said.
Regional Controller of Food, Sylhet Division, Md Anisuzzaman informed. The target includes 4280 tonnes of Atap and 313 tonnes of boiled rice to be collected from Sylhet, 825 tonnes of Atap and 247 tonnes of boiled rice from Moulvibazar.
Highest 8,622 tonnes of Atap and 176 tonnes of boiled rice would be procured from Sunamganj. Procurement target for Habiganj is 1,273 tonnes of Atap and 684 tonnes of boiled rice.
The targeted rice would be procured through the listed millers in the region as the programme would continue till March, 2017. Contracts had been signed with the millers for the supply through 44 purchasing centres in the region, the official added. The prices of Atap have been fixed at Tk 32 per kg and Tk 33 per kg for the boiled rice.
The authority is expecting to get a good response in this regard as the farmers of the region have achieved a satisfied production of T-Aman paddy.
However, in the last year the target couldn’t be achieved due to short supply of both boiled and Atap (non-boiled) varieties from the millers of the division even on extension of time twice. The Food Department had procured 11,279 tonnes of rice through the millers.