Bangladesh signed a consignment of exporting 12500 tons of parboiled rice to island country through Bangladesh Shipping Corporation’s ship ‘Kakali’ which has left for Sri Lanka from Chittagong Port to Colombo Port at 2pm on Saturday.
Director General of Directorate General of Food Sarwar Khan addressing a press conference said that the shipment was half of the agreed export quantity of 25000 tons to island country. Remaining 12500 tons would be dispatched in the first week of the January 2015.
Reason for exporting the quantity in lots was to keep their country self sufficient in food stock of about 9-10 lakhs MT.rice. They have been practicing this since past 5-6 years and now are with stock of 400.000 MT with the availability of exporting 75000 tons of rice.
Sarwar said that India has also proposed Bangladesh to import 30,000-40,000 tons rice for its north-eastern states.
India will soon send a team of delegates to Bangladesh to finalize the deal.
Apart from Sarwar, Director (administration) of Directorate General of Food Tofazzal Hossain and Regional Controller of Food in Chittagong Abdul Aziz Molla were present in the port to send-off Kakali.