The government has decided to procure additional two lakh tonnes of Aman rice during the Aman sea-son.
Of the latest procurement, 1.5 lakh tonnes will be boiled rice while the rest 50,000 tonnes will be Atap rice, said a PID handout issued on Tuesday.
Additional allocation will be provided only in favor of the mills that earlier signed agreement in the cur-rent Aman procurement season 2023-24.
The Food Ministry has been asked to complete the drive by February next year, it said.
On October 8, the government set a target to procure 7 lakh metric tonnes of paddy and rice from the marginal farmers across the country in the ongoing Aman season.
Under the program, two lakh MTS paddy, 4 lakh tonnes boiled and the rest one lakh tonnes Atap rice will be procured at a cost of Tk 30, Tk 44 and Tk 43 per kg respectively.