Govt to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 14 Jun 2017, 18:35:38
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Govt to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam

The government is going to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam under a government-to-government deal.

The cabinet committee on public purchase, headed by the finance minister, cleared the import at Tk 9.08 billion on Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

Additional Secretary of Cabinet Division Mostafizur Rahman briefed media after the meeting.

Bangladesh will buy 50 tonnes of parboiled rice at $470 per tonne and another 200,000 tonnes of white rice at $430 per tonne, the additional secretary said.

Vietnam’s state-run Vinafood 2 will supply 60 per cent of shipments through Chittagong port and 40 per cent through Mongla port.

Bangladesh last imported 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam in fiscal 2011-12.

The government plans to buy 1.5 million tonnes of grains during the Boro crop season this year, which may not be possible now after flash floods inundated crop-fields in the northeast.
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