Munshiganj district administration yesterday decided to cancel the advance reservation system at cold storages to ensure preservation of potato grown by genuine potato farmers.
The decision came at a time when the potato farmers were being refused storage spaces in the cold storages as a section of middlemen and hoarders had been booking cold storage spaces in advance.
The decision was taken during a meeting of farmers, cold storage owners, Department of Agriculture Extension officials and journalists at Munshiganj deputy commissioner’s office. Deputy Commissioner Monir Uddin presided over the meeting while Brigade Commander of 9th Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army Col Nasim Akter was the chief guest.
Col Nasim praised The Daily Star for publishing a report the day before about potato farmers being compelled to sell potatoes, a bumper harvest this year, at nominal prices after being unable to preserve the crop in cold storages due to unavailability of space at local cold storages.
A section of unscrupulous middlemen had deliberately rented huge spaces at cold storages long before the harvesting of potato, forcing the farmers to sell potatoes at lower prices, said the report in The Daily Star.
The price of potatoes decreased by more than 25 percent in the area in a month as the farmers have no other means to preserve their crop, the report mentioned.