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Bangladesh's Agriculture Minister Acknowledges Price Control Challenges for Onions and Potatoes, Highlights Government Efforts to Improve Food Security

Fresh Onion
Pauline Fay Enriquez
Published Oct 6, 2023
During W40, the Agriculture Minister of Bangladesh acknowledged the government's ongoing struggle to control onion and potato prices, despite taking various measures. The minister admitted this challenge and encouraged the media to emphasize the government's strengths. He clarified the division of responsibilities, with the Agricultural Ministry overseeing production and the Commerce Ministry responsible for market monitoring. The minister attributed the disruption in meeting supply obligations, a key factor affecting price stability, to cold storage owners and wholesalers. Nevertheless, the minister highlighted government efforts to enhance rice production, distribution, and food security.
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