Rice import deals with more states soon: Minister

21.08.2017

Food Minister Advocate Md Qamrul Islam said on Thursday the government will import rice from some other countries under government-to-government (G2G) arrangement.

It will sign memorandums of understating (MoUs) to this effect soon.

"We will import rice from some other countries. We will sign MoUs soon for importing rice to reduce its prices in the local market," he told at a workshop organised by the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the capital.

The BFSA organised the workshop on 'the role of media in ensuring public health safety by sacrificing animals in a hygienic way' during the upcoming Eid-ul- Azha. Earlier, the government signed MoUs with Vietnam and Cambodia for importing rice.

It decided on August 16th last to reduce further the import duty on rice by 8.0 per cent to 2.0 per cent for easing the price of the staple food in the country.

The government has fixed the target to import 1.5 million tonnes of rice and 0.5 million tonnes of wheat in the fiscal year (FY) 2017-18.

Member of the BFSA Md Mahbub Kabir delivered the address of welcome while Chairman of BFSA Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque presided over the workshop.

The food minister called upon the media to write stories on safe food imbued with the spirit of patriotism.

"We have decided to import rice ... it does not mean that there is crisis of food in the country. We have sufficient stock of food grain," he said.

The discussants in the workshop suggested slaughtering of sacrificial animals in the city corporation-designated areas or nearby hygienic places (drain) by maintaining religious rituals during the upcoming Eid.

It also suggested dumping of wastes of cattle heads under earth or keeping those in designated places for maintaining environment free from pollution.

The slaughtering of sacrificial animals, process and preservation of meat must be in a scientific and hygienic ways, they added.

Chairman of BFSA Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque stressed the need for creating mass awareness through joint efforts especially by media for ensuring safe food for consumers.

National Team Leader of IFSB, FAO, AKM Nurul Afsar, member (law and policy) of BFSA Md Abdul Baten Miah and chief veterinary officer of central veterinary hospital Dr Md Abdul Halim among others, were present.


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