The government will procure a total of 9.5 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrains from the farmers across the country in the current fiscal year, according to a decision on Sunday.
Under the programme, three lakh metric tonnes of paddy, five lakh metric tonnes of boiled rice and 1.5 lakh metric tons of wheat will be procured.
The decision was taken at an online meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) chaired by Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday.
The government has fixed the paddy procurement price at Tk 27 per kg, boiled rice at Tk 40 per kg and wheat at Tk 28 per kg, said Sadhan Chandra.
The paddy procurement drive will begin on November 7 while the wheat procurement drive on April 1 in 2022, he said.
In order to ensure fair prices to the farmers and increase food stock, the government procures paddy and rice every year during the Boro season but only rice is collected during the Aman season.