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2 lakh tonnes rice, wheat to be imported by Bangladesh

Al Mahmood

A proposal has got clearance for importing 200,000 tonnes of rice and wheat into the country. The Cabinet Committee on Government’s Purchase endorsed the proposals at a meeting chaired by AMA Muhith, the Finance Minister on Wednesday.Mustafizur Rahman, the Additional Cabinet Secretary told the reporters that the government will buy 150,000 tonnes non-Basmati boiled rice. Regarding the import, Bangladesh will pay around 5.49 billion tak at a rate of $440 per tonne.
The government also from Singapore’s Resington Enterprise Limited will buy 50,000 tonnes of wheat with international quotation, added the Additional Secretary. The price will be around Tk 1.02 billion at $245.35 per tonne, reports BDnews24. The government is now importing food grains and easing the import conditions after two spells of floods devastated crops on hundreds of thousands of farmland in April and since then, the price for rice is multiplying. To refill the stock, the government has decided to import 2 million tonnes of rice and wheat.

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