Three lakh MT rice to be imported from Myanmar


PV Desk : Bangladesh is going to import 1-3 lakh tonnes of rice from Myanmar on G-to-G (government-to-government) basis.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for importing 1-3 lakh metric ton (MT) rice,” said a ministry official on condition of anonymity here today.

A five-member delegation headed by Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam left here for Myanmar on Wednesday for negotiating with the Myanmar government to import the rice.

The other members of the delegation are Additional Secretary of the Food Ministry Ataur Rahman, Director General of the Department of Food Badrul Hasan, Food Minister’s Personal Secretary Mohammad Helal Hossain and Director General (DG) of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Toffazzal Hossen.

Quoting a Bangladeshi diplomat in Yangon, a Myanmar media report recently said Bangladesh was looking at importing anything between 100,000 and 300,000 Metric Tons of rice from Myanmar.

“Depending on what Myanmar is capable of selling, we would like to expedite these imports,” said Hasan Khaled Foisal, Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh embassy in Yangon.