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March 03, 2018

Sri Lanka secures rice stocks from Myanmar and Pakistan

Workers dry rice grains under the Sun in Kangyidaunt in Ayeyawady Region.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

The four-man Lankan team of officials that flew to Pakistan and Myanmar to select rice tranche, returned to Colombo yesterday, according to official source from Sri Lanka.
It was reported that no less than 55,000 MT rice has been made available to Sri Lanka immediately by both Pakistan and Myanmar.
Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, whose team of officials took off on 7 July to Pakistan and Myanmar, praised the team’s success. “After this successful tour, it is clear that there will be no more rice shortages in the domestic markets-or even any likelihood of it. Some elements in the market are trying to create an artificial shortage,” Minister Bathiudeen said.
Myanmar is ready to supply another 30,000 MT immediately and its final price too, is yet to be agreed.
Previously on 22 June, Minister Bathiudeen met Ambassador Designate of Thailand to Sri Lanka Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Ambassador of Indonesia to Sri Lanka Gusti Ngurah Ardiyasa and Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad Khan Sipra at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to call for government-to-government rice supplies to Sri Lanka. All the ambassadors present pledged immediate support to Sri Lanka’s efforts to procure the needed rice tranche.


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