Govt going digital for procuring food grain from farmers

United News of Bangladesh :: The government will use a mobile application – billed as ‘Krishoker App’ – to collect food grain directly from farmers across the country, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said Friday.

The minister made the announcement while inaugurating the Aman rice collection programme in Naogaon in the morning, read a handout from the PID.

“As a pilot project, the app will be used in 16 upazilas on an experimental basis during the Aman season. A farmer can apply to the government to sell his paddy and avail all the information through this app,” the minister explained.

He said rice is being procured in a transparent manner from the farmers under the supervision of food collection committee in districts and upazilas according to the list provided to the agriculture ministry.

“Instead of organising lottery throughout the country, we wish to gradually procure rice using the ‘Krishoker App’. More rice will be collected in the next Boro season using this app. One hundred percent rice procurement by the app will be ensured in the next Aman season,” the minister said.

He said the mobile app will allow farmers to know if he has been selected or not and the amount of paddy he can sell. “If the pilot project is successful, this service will be spread all over the country,” he added.

Minister Majumder said the government is already taking all the necessary preparations because it will procure more paddy-rice in the next Boro season.

“Procurement of rice began on November 1 across the country. There was a slight delay in the first year due to the registration procedure in the app. Collection of rice will be completed on time next year,” he stated.

In the current season, 6,158 metric tonnes of rice at Tk 36 per kg, 866 metric tonnes of Atop rice at Tk 35 per kg and 1,000 metric tonnes of rice at Tk 26 per kg will be procured through the Krishoker App at Naogaon sadar food warehouse.

Besides, 17,114 metric tonnes of rice at Tk 36 per kg, 2,381 metric tonnes of Atop rice at Tk 35 per kg and 19,912 metric tonnes of rice at Tk 26 per kg will procured directly from farmers this year at 19 food warehouses in Naogaon district.

Naogaon Deputy Commissioner Harun Ur Rashid, Superintendent of Police (acting) Rashidul Haque, district controller of food GM Faruk Hossain Patowary, officials of food department and leaders of rice mill owners’ association were present at the occasion.

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