Karmajibi Nari, a non-government organisation, on Tuesday demanded that Aman rice procurement price be re-fixed in the greater interest of farmers. “Farmers have produced huge Aman paddy this year, but they have not yet got any assurance of getting fair price,” executive director of Karmajibi Nari Rokeya Rafique told a press conference at its office in the city. She said the government has already announced the price of Aman and its procurement amount, but the farmers will not be benefited from the government scheme as the mills owners will supply the rice to the government. On November 27 this year, the government decided to procure two lakh metric tonnes of Aman rice this season at Tk 30 per kg from the local market. The rice procurement began on December 1 and will continue till February 28 . Rokeya said Karmajibi Nari visited the farmers in four districts and they informed that production cost of per kg Aman paddy is Tk 20.73 in Sherpur while Tk 25.73 in Chuadanga, Tk 23.43 in Rajbari and Tk 21.33 in Dinajpur. However, the Food Ministry estimated that the farmers spend Tk 17.02 on producing paddy per kg this year while the production cost of rice is Tk 25.42 per kg. Rokeya urged the government to procure Aman rice from the farmers level so that they can get its fair price. She also demanded formation of a national price commission for agricultural produces aiming to ensure their fair prices. Karmajibi Nari coordinator Rahela Rabbani and member of Jatiya Jana-Mulya Commission Jibanabda Joyanta also spoke at the press conference.
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