Govt to import 1 lakh tonnes of fertiliser
The government will import 1lakh tonnes of fertiliser from Qatar and UAE to meet the growing demand for the essential farming input.
The Advisory Committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved a proposal for the import, while it sent back a power-plant venture.
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) will import the fertiliser from Qatar's QAFCO and UAE's Fertill company under state-to-state arrangement.
The committee in a meeting with its chairman Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam in the chair gave the nod to the Industries Ministry's proposal, considering the demand for fertiliser.
The BCIC will import the fertiliser at Kafco rate.
Earlier, the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee, a similar panel, endorsed a proposal exempting compliance with the existing rule for tender invitation in such state procurement.
“Since this is a state-to-state-level procurement without involving any private company, we endorsed the proposal for import without tender," Mirza Aziz said.
The purchase committee also approved two other proposals given by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) for appointing two consulting firms for two rural infrastructure projects. The projects are Rural Infrastructure Improvement Project (RIIP-II) and Primary Healthcare Management & Training.
The committee, however, sent back two other proposals, one from power ministry and another from the industries ministry, for further scrutiny.