Khulna: Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Friday said it is a unique initiative to procure rice from the farmers by using digital apps during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Stressing on the need for ‘Rice Procurement Digital Apps’, the minister said it will play a vital role when the government collects rice directly from the farmers at a fair price by maintaining health guidelines and social distance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The minister said these as the chief guest while addressing a virtual meeting of the closing ceremony of 100 percent rice collection activities by the Khulna district administration through this “Digital Rice Procurement Apps” was held today at the deputy commissioner’s conference room in the city.
Hailing the district administration of Khulna, Sadhan Chandra Majumder said this is a unique example, innovative initiative and a lesson for the concerned authorities. He also lauded Khulna Rice Mill Owners Association for their cooperation to implement such a type of digital initiative.
Secretary of the Food Ministry Dr Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Food Sarwar Mahmud and Khulna Divisional Commissioner joined the virtual meeting with Khulna Deputy Commissioner Md Helal Hossain in the chair.
Terming the government faces different activities using cybernetic systems during the ongoing pandemic, the minister said, Bangladesh now turned into a digital country as dreamt by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Besides, the tyranny of middle men have been reduced after opening this apps side by side, marginal farmers become happy as they get fair prices directly connected with the local government representatives through this apps, he said.
Additional deputy commissioner (General) Golam Mainuddin Hassan, District Food C,ontroller Md Tanveer Rahman, Khulna Press Club Pre,sident S M Nazrul Islam, President and General Secretary of Rice Mill Owners Association attended the function at the DC’s conference room while UNOs of the district virtually joined it.
‘Rice Procurement Apps’- a unique initiative: Minister