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BB can reduce rise in rice prices

July 12, 2018 00:00:00


Last year, flood affected rice production mainly in Haor areas during the main rice-producing season in Bangladesh. The prices of rice had increased by 50 to 70 per cent in retail markets, forcing the government to withdraw duty on rice import. In current season, production of rice was satisfactory implying that the prices of different varieties of the staple food will be at reasonable level. Government imposed previous customs duty on import of rice so that rice, produced by local farmers, is not affected by availability of cheaper, foreign rice. In reality, the price of rice is still rather high. It is alleged that some unscrupulous rice millers are hoarding rice and in the process the price is increasing. The large rice millers, who are enjoying short-term huge loans from agriculture and commercial banks, are allegedly using the money to hoard rice thus constricting its supply in markets. A similar incident had happened 10 years back. Back then, Bangladesh Bank (BB) had instructed all banks to realise all loans disbursed to rice millers within one month. Magically the prices of rice had come down to reasonable levels within a week or so. The BB can consider similar steps this time around.

Md Ashraf Hossain

Ramna, Dhaka.

mah120cb@yahoo.com


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COMPANY YCP HIGH LOW CLOSE %CHG
FAMILYTEX 6.0 6.6 6.2 6.6 10%
FINEFOODS 35.0 38.5 34.9 38.5 10%
PRAGATILIF 97.3 107.0 97.0 107.0 9.9692%
PARAMOUNT 14.1 15.5 14.3 15.5 9.9291%
INTECH 61.7 67.8 66.0 67.8 9.8865%
DSSL 26.8 29.4 26.8 29.4 9.7015%
SAFKOSPINN 18.0 19.8 18.0 19.7 9.4444%
GLOBALINS 15.9 17.4 16.5 17.4 9.434%
MAKSONSPIN 8.5 9.3 8.4 9.3 9.4118%
METROSPIN 8.5 9.3 8.7 9.3 9.4118%
COMPANY YCP HIGH LOW CLOSE %CHG
MAKSONSPIN 9.3 9.3 8.4 8.4 10.7143%
PRAGATILIF 107.0 107.0 97.0 97.0 10.3093%
SAFKOSPINN 19.8 19.8 18.0 18.0 10%
DSSL 29.4 29.4 26.8 26.9 9.2937%
SALVOCHEM 25.3 25.5 23.2 23.2 9.0517%
PARAMOUNT 15.5 15.5 14.3 14.3 8.3916%
FINEFOODS 38.5 38.5 34.9 35.6 8.1461%
REPUBLIC 30.8 31.3 28.5 28.5 8.0702%
PENINSULA 34.1 34.2 31.4 31.8 7.2327%
METROSPIN 9.3 9.3 8.7 8.7 6.8966%
COMPANY YCP HIGH LOW CLOSE %CHG
CAPMIBBLMF 9.9 10.1 9.0 9.1 -8.0808%
LRGLOBMF1 7.6 7.6 6.9 7.0 -7.8947%
AZIZPIPES 185.5 185.0 172.2 172.9 -6.7925%
MLDYEING 24.2 24.5 22.2 22.6 -6.6116%
MEGHNAPET 14.9 14.9 13.8 14.0 -6.0403%
NITOLINS 30.9 29.6 29.0 29.1 -5.8252%
BSCCL 99.3 99.0 93.0 93.8 -5.5388%
MONNOCERA 333.2 335.0 315.0 316.7 -4.952%
QUEENSOUTH 44.8 45.3 42.2 42.8 -4.4643%
VFSTDL 27.2 27.8 25.9 26.0 -4.4118%
COMPANY YCP HIGH LOW CLOSE %CHG
CAPMIBBLMF 9.0 10.1 9.0 10.1 -10.8911%
LRGLOBMF1 6.9 7.6 6.9 7.6 -9.2105%
BDLAMPS 225.8 245.0 225.1 245.0 -7.8367%
EBL1STMF 7.6 8.1 7.4 8.1 -6.1728%
MLDYEING 22.8 24.5 22.2 24.2 -5.7851%
QUEENSOUTH 42.5 45.3 42.2 45.1 -5.765%
BSCCL 93.0 99.0 93.0 98.6 -5.6795%
SAMATALETH 38.9 41.9 36.8 41.2 -5.5825%
BANGAS 291.4 308.3 286.4 308.3 -5.4817%
MONNOCERA 316.0 335.0 315.0 333.6 -5.2758%