SHORT­AGE DRIVES RICE PRICE TO NEW HIGH

Southeast Asia Globe - - Agenda -

Law­mak­ers in South­east Asia’s big­gest econ­omy are team­ing up with the coun­try’s cen­tral bank to tackle food prices amid a wor­ry­ing in­crease in the cost of rice, a sta­ple in the coun­try’s kitchens. In the past two months, the cost of rice has in­creased by 6.1%, ac­cord­ing to the cen­tral bank. The gov­ern­ment is now look­ing to im­port 500,000 tonnes of rice in an at­tempt to over­come a short­age and keep the cost from soar­ing higher.

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