25 Feb 2023, 18:58
Update : 25 Feb 2023, 19:48

Commodity prices will not increase in Ramadan: Rezaul

DHAKA, Feb 25, 2023 (BSS) - Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim today said that the prices of commodities such as fish, meat, milk and egg will not increase during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan. 

"The government will arrange mobile sale-centres during the Ramadan. The prices of fish, meat, milk and egg will not increase," he said while talking to journalists after inaugurating a two-day livestock exhibition at the old trade fair ground here marking the Livestock Services Week.

The government is working relentlessly to keep the prices of the commodities stable and tolerable during the Ramadan, he said, adding that it will take help from the farms of the private sector for setting up mobile sale-centers.

The minister also said that due to the global situation, Ukraine-Russia war and sanctions and counter-bans, the import of poultry-animal feed materials from abroad is facing many adversities. Thus, the prices of food have been increased, he added.

A new factory has been set up in Savar on the outskirts of the capital so that alternative food can be produced in the country, said Rezaul.

He hoped that mixed food will be produced in Bangladesh soon and people will not have to go abroad for this. 

Price of meat would not be increased showing excuse of importing animal feeds, he said.

With Director General (DG) of the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) Dr Md Emdadul Haque Talukder in the chair, the inaugural ceremony was addressed, among others, by Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Dr Nahid Rashid, Additional Secretary Md Abdul Qayyum and Director General of Department of Fisheries Khondokar Mahbubul Haque.

Bangladesh Dairy Farmers' Association (BDFA), Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC) and Livestock and Dairy Development Project (LDDP) are assisting the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) in organizing this livestock exhibition.