Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rice prices go up

Rice prices go up

Huge shoddy onion dumped

Prices of different varieties of rice went up by Tk 3 to Tk 6 in the last two days in Faridpur district while that of onion came down slightly. It was found at Hazi Shariatullah Bazar of Faridpur town, Miniket rice (grade 1) was selling at Tk 48 per kg on Tuesday morning against Tk 42 on Sunday. Likewise, 'Kajal Lata' price rose from Tk 38 to 46 while that of Najirshail from Tk 50 to Tk 54, Basmati from Tk 46 to Tk 52 and the price of coarse rice shot up from Tk 35 to Tk 38 in the market. Asked about the cause of rice price spiral, Ribon Gain, a rice trader of Shariatullah Bazar, told the media that the price was increased at the warehouse. Hanif Sheikh, a retail rice buyer, said he had paid Tk 6 to Tk 8 extra per kg. Meanwhile, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Tuesday said the rice price is stable in the country as the government kept the rice distribution programme uninterrupted for 50 lakh poor people. "As per the electoral pledge of the ruling Awami League, the government is continuously distributing rice among the poor at a price of Taka 10 per kg, which has kept the rice price stable across the country," he said. The minister was addressing a triennial council of the Awami League at Ghatnagar Union under Porsha Upazila in Naogaon district. Claiming that the farmers are now getting fair price for their products, the minister said the country is not facing any irrigation crisis and that's why the rice production has increased significantly. Meanwhile, seventy sacks of rotten onion have been dumped under a bridge in Daudkandi upazila. Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Dauadkandi Quamrul Islam Khan said he was informed that 'Bhai Bhai Enterprise' at Gauripur Bazar dumped 60-70 maunds of rotten onion under the bridge on Sunday night. These onions were imported from Myanmar, he said. Md Jamal Hossain, a trader at Gauripur Bazar, said whereas low-income people are struggling to buy onion for its soaring price, a section of shady traders stockpiles the cooking ingredient to make hefty profit. "In the process, onions are getting rotten," he said. Md Asadul Islam, assistant director of the local office of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection, said they will investigate the matter and necessary legal measures will be taken accordingly.

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