Food minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Friday said it was a unique initiative to procure rice from the farmers by using digital apps during the coronavirus pandemic.
Stressing on the need for ‘Rice Procurement Digital Apps’, the minister said it would play a vital role when the government collects rice directly from the farmers at a fair price by maintaining health guidelines and social distance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The minister said these as the chief guest while addressing a virtual meeting of the closing ceremony of 100 per cent rice collection activities by the Khulna district administration through this ‘Digital Rice Procurement Apps’ was held on Friday at the deputy commissioner’s conference room in the city.
Hailing the district administration of Khulna, Sadhan Chandra Majumder said this was a unique example, innovative initiative and a lesson for the concerned authorities.
He also lauded Khulna Rice Mill Owners Association for their cooperation to implement such a type of digital initiative.
Food secretary Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, Directorate of Food director general Sarwar Mahmud and
Khulna divisional commissioner joined the virtual meeting with Khulna deputy commissioner Md Helal Hossain in the chair.
Terming the government faces different activities using cybernetic systems during the ongoing pandemic, the minister said, Bangladesh now turned into a digital country as dreamt by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Besides, the tyranny of middle men have been reduced after opening this apps side by side, marginal farmers become happy as they get fair prices directly connected with the local government representatives through this apps, he said.
Additional deputy commissioner (general) Golam Mainuddin Hassan, district food controller Md Tanveer Rahman, Khulna Press Club president SM Nazrul Islam, president and general secretary of Rice Mill Owners Association attended the function at the DC’s conference room while UNOs of the district virtually joined it.