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2.5m ultra-poor to get 30-kg of rice for 3 months

  • Published at 02:02 pm September 4th, 2018
Rice at Tk10 a kg for 5m families
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Government with the assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) will distribute fortified rice among 121,159 families of 10 upazilas in the country

The government on Monday started distributing rice at Tk10 per kg to around five million families or 2.5 million ultra-poor people under the food friendly program across the country.

Under the program, each of the families including widows, elderly women, women dominant and lower income distressed families, will get 30-kg rice per month from September to November this year, reports BSS.

“The government has allocated 750,000 tons of rice for 2018-2019 fiscal year under the program…where some 150,000 tons of rice will be distributed monthly,” said Directorate General of Food Director General (DG) Md Arifur Rahman Apu. 

In addition to this, the DG said the government with the assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) will distribute fortified rice among 121,159 families of 10 upazilas in the country.

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The upazilas are KurigramSadar, Phulbari, Keraniganj, Kaliganj, Moksudpur, Faridpur Sadar, Sarail, Bijoynagar, Ramganj, and Bamna.

The fortified rice contains vitamin A, B1, B12, Folic Acid, Iron and zinc and each kilogram rice is to be mixed with 100 kilograms of normal rice for effective nutrition supply from the staple food consumption, said Food Department Director (Supply, Distribution and Marketing) Parimal Chandra Sarker.

“The distribution of the fortified rice will fulfill the nutrition deficiency and protect the people from vitamin and iron deficiencies like anemia, scurvy and beriberi diseases,” said the official.

He said: “The government has a plan to implement the program across the country. But now we are piloting the program initially at 10 districts and upazilas.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the program by inaugurating rice distribution among the poor at Chilmariupazila under Kurigram district on September 7 in 2016.

Every poor family will get 30-kg rice for five months in a year under the program—March, April and from September to November in a year.

More than 10,000 dealers are being involved in the rice distribution program.

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