Quamrul questions newsreports that Brazil wheat were rotten

Quamrul questions newsreports that Brazil wheat were rotten

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Minister for Food Advocate Quamrul Islam yesterday questioned the authenticity of newspaper reports regarding the imported wheat from Brazil describing it to be rotten.
“Actually the Brazilian wheat does not look beautiful but their quality is good,” he observed while replying to a supplementary question from Independent lawmaker Pir Fazlur Rahman.
Abdul Wadud Dara, chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Food, on the other hand, said the Food Ministry cannot avoid its responsibility for importing rotten wheat though Directorate of Food was involved in it.Replying to the question in Parliament, the Food Minister informed the House that when question was raised that the imported wheat was rotten, they have carried out tests on the wheat collected sample from different districts warehouses at Directorate of Food and Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
“The test results said the quality of wheat was suitable to intake. Then the question comes where from the newspapers got the information that the wheat were rotten,” he said.
The Food Minister observed that some political parties and newspapers are engaged in carrying out propaganda with political intention to undermine the government.
He informed the House that of the two lakh tonnes of wheat 1.74 lakh tonnes have already been distributed and the rest 25,000 tonnes have remained to be distributed.
Answering to another question whether action would be taken against those were involved in importing rotten wheat, the Food Minister said since Directorate of Food imports the grains so ministry has nothing to do with that.
He also asked journalists to test the imported wheat and not to publish and fictitious news without that.
Meanwhile, the standing committee chairman at a press briefing told reporters that they sought clarification from the Food Ministry on the much-talked about wheat consignment from Brazil and the committee thinks that their stand was ok.
He also alleged that newspapers were busy in involving the Food Minister with the wheat consignment. He however said that the Minister cannot certainly escape his responsibility.
The chairman said they have asked for all the documents regarding the wheat import and their test reports from the ministry.
Replying to a question, he said the committee would take its next course of action after High Court directives on a writ petition filed about the Brazilian wheat worth Tk about 4,00 crore. – Staff Reporter

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