Govt Going for Big Rice, Wheat Import
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The government will buy 180,000 tonnes of rice and wheat at a cost of around Tk 4.4 billion this fiscal year.

The decision on import came from a meeting of the cabinet committee on purchase at the Secretariat on Monday, which finance minister AMA Muhith presided over.

Cabinet Division joint secretary Nurul Karim said the import will cost around Tk 4.4 billion.

He said the cereals include 150,000 tonnes of wheat, which is just over a seventh of Bangladesh wheat production. The decision also included import of 30,000 tonnes of boiled rice (non-basmati).

The meeting approved import of 30,000 tonnes of phosphoric acid at a cost of over Tk 1 billion to use in the DAP Fertiliser Company Ltd.

Karim said it also decided that 75,000 tonnes of urea will be imported at a cost of over Tk 1.94 billion and CNG-run double-deckers at a cost of over Tk 568 million.

A proposal for construction of 60 flats at Mirpur to accommodate government officials at a cost of over Tk 146 million was also endorsed, he added.

The committee decided to invite tenders for construction of an 810-metre bridge over the Old Brahmaputra River at Shalatia Dewan Bazar of Gafargaon Upazila in Mymensingh. The cost of the bridge has been estimated at over Tk 661 million, he said.

Karim further said the committee will take decision on reports of the expert committee on cracks on the Bangabandhu Bridge on the Jamuna river.

Source: bdnews24.com

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