Govt not taking responsibility for farmers: Kamal

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 14:20, May 22, 2019 | Updated : 14:20, May 22, 2019

Jatiya Oikya Front Convener and Gano Forum chief Kamal Hossain speaks to media at the party headquarters in the city’s Motijheel on Wednesday (Jan 30).The government is not taking responsibility for the plight of farmers in Bangladesh, says Gano Forum chief Kamal Hossain
He made the statement at a press conference held at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.
“The government does not have proper policy for agriculture; the current problematic situation in this sector is a result of this. Farmers are the ones paying for their [government’s] shortcoming.”
The Gono Forum president also said the government talks about supporting the farmers when the seeds are being sowed, but do not fulfil their obligation when the reaping season arrives.
“It is clear that the government does not feel responsible,” he said.
The party’s General Secretary Dr Reza Kibria, Executive Presidents Prof Abu Sayeed and Advocate Subrata Chowdhury among others were present at the event.
Over the past three weeks, a bountiful harvest has been overshadowed by the grief, and travesty of rice farmers throughout Bangladesh.
Protests have erupted in villages, towns, districts, and in Dhaka as well. In some areas, a standout form of protest has been to set a rice field on fire in order to send a very clear message: selling at current prices is the worst option.
Farmers are demanding purchases be made directly from farms, and that crops be sold at a fair price.
Currently, paddy is sold wholesale at Tk450 to 500 for every maund (1 maund=40kg). Many farmers have said the cost of harvesting each maund of paddy is between Tk1,000 toTk1,500. Other reports say that farmers will suffer a loss of at least Tk300/maund if they sell paddy at current market price.