Viewpoint: Are GMOs a corporate ploy to colonize developing countries? Is vitamin-A enhanced Golden Rice a plot by ‘Western entities’ to control global agriculture? Here are the facts bungled in Slate commentary.

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Western scientists who introduce biotech crops into developing nations are paternalistic colonizers. While they claim to be helping farmers in poorer countries produce more nutritious food to feed the impoverished, the reality is that “GMO technology has not helped and has led to some objectionable consequences.” Golden Rice, which was engineered to combat vitamin A […]

Govt must not let rice market be volatile

Bangladeshi shot by BSF along Patgram border dies

A LOW government stock of food grains, especially rice, and a syndicate of millers and wholesalers appear to have caused a worrying increase in rice prices for more than eight months. The food grain stock, as New Age reported on Monday, came down to five lakh tonnes when 10 lakh tonnes is considered optimal. The […]

Rice market heats up; farmers, consumers bear brunt

Experts suggest forming Agricultural Price Commission to protect farmers’ interests

Lower stock allows millers to raise prices at their whim, say analysts FE Report | Published: January 11, 2021 08:30:11 | Updated: January 11, 2021 08:43:27 Both consumers and marginal farmers are suffering as prices of rice continue to surge, analysts said on Sunday. To remedy the situation, they suggested forming an Agricultural Price Commission […]

Experts: Farmers suffering despite high rice prices

Experts: Farmers suffering despite high rice prices

Last year’s rice production estimate was incorrect, experts say Experts have put the blame for the recent hike in rice prices amid the Covid-19 pandemic on the government’s failure to consider natural calamities and mismanagement when setting production targets. The country’s farmers are still suffering despite high rice prices, they further said during a virtual […]

Cabinet body okays import of 250,000 tons of rice

Cabinet body okays import of 250,000 tons of rice

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presided over the cabinet body’s virtual meeting The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday approved the import of 250,000 tons of rice from India and international suppliers. Of this, some 100,000 tons will be imported from India through international quotation (tender) while the remaining 150,000 tons will be imported […]

Leakage rises in subsidized rice program for ultra-poor during pandemic

Leakage rises in subsidized rice program for ultra-poor during pandemic

File photo: People wait for food aid in Dhaka during coronavirus pandemic Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune IFPRI calls on government to put a monitoring mechanism in place Over a third of the beneficiaries did not receive the full volume of rice meant for the five million ultra-poor during Covid-19-induced lockdown period in Bangladesh last year, a […]

Govt to procure 5-6 lakh metric tonnes of rice to reduce s…

Govt to procure 5-6 lakh metric tonnes of rice to reduce s...

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Sunday said that aiming to eliminate the shortage and control prices in the rice markets, the government is going to purchase 5-6 lakh metric tonnes of rice. “Excessive floods and five-month long heavy rains have damaged the Aush and Aman this year, he said, adding that specially 1.5 lakh hectares […]

Why hybrid rice is not gaining popularity in Bangladesh

How extreme weather emptying Bangladesh's villages

Khondoker Abdul Mottaleb | Published: December 24, 2020 21:38:59 Rice is crucial to ensure food and dietary energy security of Bangladesh. In terms of per capita rice consumption, Bangladesh is ranked as the top in the world, which is yearly per capita 268.5 kg. The share of rice in the daily dietary energy is now […]

Government lowers paddy stock limit for rice mills

Government lowers paddy stock limit for rice mills

The government has lowered the stock limit of paddy for rice mills to ensure an adequate supply of the country’s main crops and to keep rice prices stable on the market. Against the backdrop of continuous price hike of rice in the country, the food ministry has taken the decision to lower the stock limit […]