No politics over rice: Food Minister

Food Minister Quamrul Islam has asked the mill owners and businesspeople to stop doing politics over rice in the country.


“Some people are involved in creating an artificial rice crisis to embarrass the government,” the minister told a press briefing at the Secretariat on Thursday.


Issuing a note of warning to rice millers, Quamrul said, “Still, there’s time. Stop doing politics over the issue.”


Besides, he asked media people to stop reporting on rice price hike which creates confusion among people, reports UNB.


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 an unusual situation in the rice market, he added.

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