Bangladesh to import more rice
Bangladesh is experiencing a severe scarcity of rice this year. The government of Bangladesh (GOB) initially arrived at an import demand of 1.2 million tonnes (mt) of rice, but this later escalated to 1.5 mt due to crop losses. In May 2017, GOB sought rice supplies from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia by issuing import tenders of 50,000 tonnes each. Some shipments of Indian rice – about 1.5 lakh mt – have been made through land/ sea routes by private trade. No serious attempt appears to have been made by GOB in importing more rice from India.