Rice stock to be 10 lakh tonnes by August: Food Minister

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PV Desk : The country’s rice stock will be increased to 10 lakh tonnes by August to ensure supply of the staple food-grain and meet any emergency demand, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said today.

“There is no food crisis in the country”, the minister asserted during a press conference at his secretariat office when he also gave a details of the government’s ongoing efforts for maintain a comfortable rice stock.

According to the minister, 1.10 lakh tonnes of rice would reach in Chittagong Port from Vietnam by July when another 1.8 lakh tonnes would come in August.

“The government is procuring a total of 2.5 lakh tonnes of rice from Vietnam on G2G (government to government) contract basis, of which 20 thousand tonnes arrived in the outer anchorage of the Chittagong Port,” the minister said.