Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) across the country has been producing 1,900 metric tonnes rice every day.
Rice mills at thirteen BSCIC industrial areas among 76 across the country are producing rice in the country to keep the market stable, said a press release from the Ministry.
Among those, Pabna BSCIC industrial area is producing 600mts rice, Rajshahi 550mts, Dinajpur 400mts, Naogaon 120mts, Khulna 103mts, Kurigram, 27mts, Cox’s Bazar 25mts, Jamalpur 23mts, Gaibandha 20mts, Sherpur 18mts, Rajbari 9mts, Gopalganj 3mts tonnes and Bagerhat BSCIC is producing two metric tonnes of rice every day after maintaining health directives.
Md Kamal Parvez, officer, Pabna BSCIC industrial area, said 39 rice mills are producing 600mts rice worth Tk 2.76 crore are being produced every day.
Meanwhile, Tunnel Vitamin rice in Khulna, rice production for Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF), World Food Programme, Food Friend Programme, and government’s relief programme is ongoing.
Sheikh Riazul Islam, officer, Khulna BSCIC industrial area, said rice from this industrial area is being provided in 30 district including Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Jashore.
Mohammad Ataur Rahman, president, Naogaon BSCIC Industries Malik Samity, said the Boro paddy collection is ongoing. The production will be increased when the collection is completed, he added.
Md Anwarul Azim, officer, Naogaon BSCIC Industrial area, said the government will procure rice from all the BSCIC industrial areas of the country and a contact is already signed with rice mill owners in this regard.
Rice mills at BSCIC industrial areas have been contributing significantly during this coronavirus crisis.
Earlier on April 30, the government announced that it will procure 11.5 lakh metric tonnes of rice (boiled and non-boiled) and eight lakh metric tonnes of paddy during the current Boro season.
Besides, some 10 lakh metric tonnes of boiled rice will be procured at Tk 36 per kg, 1.5 lakh metric tonnes of non-boiled (atap) rice at Tk 35 per kg and six lakh metric tonnes of paddy at Tk 26 per kg from millers.
Meanwhile, the government will also procure 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat from local markets in the season.
PRAN-RFL Group has donated sample collection booth (WISK Cabin) to Central Police Hospital and three hospitals of Bhola district to collect sample for covid-19 test.
Recently, two sample collection booths were handed over to Saiful Islam, Additional Superintendent of Police (admin) of Central Police Hospital.
Meanwhile, the group donated one cabin to Bhola Sadar Hospital on Sunday.
Civil Surgeon of Bhola Dr. Ratan Kumar Dhali received the cabin.
It also donated one WISK Cabin to Borhanuddin Upazila Health Complex and another cabin to Daulatkhan Upazila Health Complex on Monday.
Earlier, PRAN-RFL Group donated three sample collection booths to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and one sample collection booth to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital.
Mobile operator Robi has reduced data price by 60 percent considering the crisis situation due to coronavirus outbreak.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said despite having revenue shortfall of around Tk 4 crore daily (16 percent reduction on daily revenue), Robi decided to reduce data price by 60 percent in selected packs.
The voice call price was also revised downwards considerably, he said in a press statement on Monday.
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“Robi is determined and committed to shoulder the burden of this crisis, standing beside the people of the country till the very end of the pandemic," he said.
Meanwhile, Robi has chalked out a detail plan to support the stakeholders in the company’s sales and distribution channels with food supply, credit facilities and even health insurance.
Mahtab warned that if the regulator does not take steps to discipline the market leaders, they would continue to exploit the COVID-19 crisis for their business interests.
He announced that Robi will provide food to 10,000 families in remote parts of the country with support from Senakalyan Sangstha.
It will also set up disinfection booths in the crowded public places in Dhaka and Chattogram.
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has banned the sales, distribution, storing and commercial advertising of 43 more products of different brands, including Danish, Suresh, Promi and Pubali Salt.
All of the companies were also served with show-cause notices over their substandard items, said a BSTI release on Monday.
On April 25 last, the BSTI also banned 17 products of 12 companies asking them to refrain from selling, distributin, storing and commercial advertising of the products.
On the occasion of the month of Ramadan, the BSTI surveillance team collected a total of 521 product samples of different brands from various markets across the country and examined those in two phases.
In the first phase, the BSTI team confirmed 17 products as ‘substandard goods’ examining 251 samples out of total 521 collected in the last two months.
The team in the second phase found 43 other products as ‘substandard ones’ testing the remaining 270 samples.
The substandard products and companies include Suresh mustard oil of Annapurna Oil Mills in Narsingdi; Chawli Flower Mustard Oil of Bengal Oil Mills in Muktagachha, Mymensingh; Ruby Mustard Oil of Mymensingh BL Oil Mills; Hilsa Mustard Oil of Padma Oil Mills in Mymensingh; Ring Mustard Oil of Rupan Oil Mills in Mymensingh; Tiger Mustard Oil of Loknath Oil Mills in Narsingdi; Shakti Mustard Oil of Shakti Edible Products Ltd. in Narayanganj; Turag Mustard Oil of Turag Oil Mills in Gazipur; Mustard oil of SK Agro Food Processor in Narayanganj; Promi Mustard oil of Dhaka Promi Agro Foods Ltd; Kalyani Fortified Edible Rice Bran Oil of Ali Natural Oil Mills & Agro Industries Limited in Jamalpur.
The products and brands also include Sun Drop Fruit and Vegetable Juice (Aloe Vera) of Mymensingh Agro Limited in Gazipur; Danish Coriander Powder, Danish Curry Power (Beef Masala) and Danish Curry Power (Chicken Masala) of Danish Foods Ltd in Narayanganj; Alooz chips of Bombay Sweets & Company Ltd in Narayanganj; and Ideal curry power of Ideal Agro Products (Pvt) Ltd in Narayanganj; Priya Special Laccha Shemai of Priya Food Products in Netrakona; Saudia Laccha Shemai of Saudia Food Products in Dhamrai of Dhaka; Four star curry power (Bar-B-Q spices) of Four Star Food Products in Dhaka; and AZA Ideal curry power (Meat Kala Bhuna Masala) of AZA Ideal Agro Food & Beverage (Pvt) Ltd in Dhaka.
Among other substandard products, Dolphin Iodized Salt of Sourvi Salt in Narayanganj; Mayor Iodized Salt of Saptadinga Salt Industries in Narayanganj; Pubali Iodized Salt of Pubali Salt Industries in Narayanganj; Tomato Iodized Salt and Ali Iodized Salt of Ali Salt Industries in Narayanganj; Tripti Iodized Salt of New Quality Salt Industries in Narayanganj; Diganta Iodized Salt of Pragati Salt Industries in Narayanganj; Fortified palm oil of Anis Store in Badarganj of Rangpur; fortified palm oil of Ismail Store at Patgram in Lalmonirhat; fortified Soybean oil of Garibullah Shah Store in Patgram of Lalmonirhat; imported refined sugar and imported Ottogi curry hot of Fihat International Traders in Arambagh of Dhaka;
The rest substandard products are high speed diesel, unleaded motor gasoline-premium (Octane) and unleaded motor gasoline-regular (petrol) of Chhanda Filling Station and GM Filling Stations in Naodapara of Rajshahi; high speed diesel and petrol of Motiur Filling Station in Paba of Rajshahi; Octane and Petrol of Abdullah & Brothers Filling Station in Paba in Rajshahi.
In a bid to help the country overcome the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Nestlé Bangladesh Limited donated nutritious Nestlé food products to the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund and Sajida Foundation.
Besides, they distributed different food items among around 1,000 helpless families in Gazipur’s Sreepur upazila, in response to COVID-19 pandemic as a part of its overall commitment of BDT 10 million.
Deepal Abeywickrema, Managing Director of the company, said “In this national crisis, we pledge to stand by the country by helping the people in need. We are doing our part of returning to the society, paying it forward for many to come along and we are proud to be doing the best we can.”
Nestlé Bangladesh Limited is among the few organizations to continue its operations on a pragmatic scale to ensure availability of essential foods in the country for its consumers to support humanity.