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Bangladesh to import 100,000 tons of non-parboiled rice from Myanmar

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Staff Writer | September 18, 2017
Despite strained relations with Myanmar over the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Bangladeshi government said that it will import 100,000 tons of rice from its southeastern neighbor.
Qamrul Islam
Asia   $442 per ton
Bangladeshi Food Minister Qamrul Islam made the announcement in a press briefing in the capital of Dhaka. The purchase will be made at $442 per ton, he said.

Bangladesh last month decided to cut import duty on rice further to 2 percent in a bid to rein the instability in prices of the staple food item amid flash floods.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since a renewed violence erupted on Aug. 25 after dozens of police and border outposts in Myanmar's Rakhine state allegedly came under attack by armed groups.

Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu Monday said that Dhaka will continue normal relationship with neighboring Myanmar until they cut the diplomatic ties.

"Regular bilateral trade and commerce relations will be continued until Myanmar cut the diplomatic ties," he said.