Local sources reveals that India’s north eastern state has decided to import 200,000 tons of rice from Myanmar.
Mizoram Food and Civil Supplies Secretary has told local sources that state has issues a tender for the supply of rice. Bidders from Myanmar were successful in getting the tender as the bids submitted by Myanmar rice exporter fulfilled the exact guidelines set by the government.
However the bid submitted is lower than that submitted in October 2014.The bid submitted earlier was of Rs 5500 per quintal which is approximately equal to $869 per ton against the government target of $400 per ton.
So the state government has decided to purchase rice from private sectors, including neighboring countries, to overcome the transportation hindrance occurred after the new railway network of 220 km between Assam and Tripura has started to re-construct.
Within India, transportation has been costlier, therefore the state has decided to import the rice from neighbouring country Myanmar.
FCI sources said that rice import would help the state to have enough rice supply. Presently state buffer stock is full of enough rice supply and no immediate rice import is required.