Food Minister Qamrul Islam has said the government has decided to import 1 lakh tonnes of white rice from Myanmar.
“A delegation from Myanmar had a meeting with the Food Ministry on Sunday where the rice import was discussed,” he said while talking to journalist at his office on Monday.
The move came amid the skyrocketing prices of rice in the local market, reports UNB.
The rice will be imported at $US 442 per tonne, Qamrul said.
Replying to a query as to when the imported rice will be arriving, he said the rice will come within the next three months.
Meanwhile, Food Secretary Md Kaikobad Hossain said, “We had a meeting with the Myanmar delegation on Sunday over the rice import and the decision to procure 1 lakh tonnes of white rice was taken by the minister today.”