Published:  12:35 AM, 17 July 2017

Vietnamese rice arrives in Chittagong

The first shipment of rice from Vietnam has arrived at the Chittagong port. The Directorate of Food said that the ship carrying 20,000 tonnes of rice anchored at the port  recently.

"We believe the next shipment will arrive on Jul 18 and the third will arrive on the 22nd," Md Jahirul Islam, controller of its Movement, Storage and Silo Division, told

Bangladesh decided to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from the Southeast Asian country after flooding in haor areas destroyed crops and depleted the government's rice reserves.

On Jun 14 this year, the government cleared the 9.08 billion procurement under a under a government-to-government deal.

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