Bangladesh to get Myanmar rice, placing aside Rohingya crisis

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh will buy 100,000 tonnes of rice from Myanmar, putting aside a rift more than the Rohingya refugee crisis as the government races to conquer a shortage of the staple foods for the country’s additional than 160 million people.

Superior rice costs pose a problem for the Dhaka federal government, which is ramping up initiatives to replenish its depleted reserves after floods previous year ravaged crops and despatched costs to a history superior.

Muslim-the greater part Bangladesh and primarily Buddhist Myanmar have been at odds in excess of the additional than 1 million Muslim Rohingya refugees in camps in southern Bangladesh. The huge greater part of them fled Myanmar in 2017 from a armed forces-led crackdown that U.N investigators claimed was executed with “genocidal intent” – assertions that Myanmar denies.

Bangladesh will import white rice in a authorities-to-governing administration deal at $485 a tonne, including cost, insurance policies and freight (CIF) liner out basis, stated Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, the secretary at the country’s foodstuff ministry.

“Our main precedence is to deliver down the prices of rice,” Khanum explained to Reuters on Sunday, introducing the government could purchase as a lot as 10 million tonnes even though personal traders are permitted to acquire another 10 million tonnes in the calendar year to June.

The deal will be signed before long and the rice will be delivered by April in phases, she mentioned.

Bangladesh is also shopping for 150,000 tonnes of rice from India’s point out-operate agency NAFED in a governing administration-to-governing administration deal when it has issued a collection of tender to acquire the grain.

“We could purchase a lot more rice from India in point out-to-condition bargains,” Khanum said, including that the Food stuff Ministry was keeping talks with various other Indian condition companies.

Bangladesh, ordinarily the world’s 3rd-biggest rice producer with all over 35 million tonnes every year, takes advantage of pretty much all its generation to feed its folks. It however often involves imports to cope with shortages brought on by floods or droughts.

Reporting by Ruma Paul Enhancing by William Mallard