Bangladesh to im­port more rice

Maritime Gateway - - South Asia News -

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.

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