Food Minister Quamrul Islam on Thursday asked the mill owners and business men to stop doing politics over rice in the country.
The minister told a press briefing at the Secretariat, “Some people are involved in creating an artificial rice crisis to embarrass the government,”
Issuing a note of warning to rice millers, Quamrul said, “Still, there’s time. Stop doing politics over the issue.”
He also urged media people to stop reporting on rice price hike which creates confusion among people.
“This year, the government has set a target to produce 1.91 crore metric tons of Boro paddy but 20 lakh metric tons of rice have been damaged by the recent floods in the haor areas of the country, which creates a problematic situation in the rice market,” he added.
However, some 6 lakh mts of rice have been imported from India under private arrangement, said Quamrul adding “There’ll be no shortage of rice as we have got 1.92 lakh mts of rice from our country.”
“The government has imported 2.5 lakh mts rice from Vietnam of which 1.54 lakh mts have been unloaded,” he said, adding that the process of importing 2.5 lakh mts rice from Cambodia is underway.