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Philippines, Belgium keen to buy Bangladesh rice

Published : Tuesday, 16 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1009

Importers of different countries including Philippines and Belgium want to import coarse rice from Bangladesh, if it agrees to export rice from its local stock following its surplus production of paddy in this year.
Two companies, Belgium National Company and HLWC Philippines, gave the proposal to import the rice at a meeting held with Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque at his Secretariat office on Monday.
The representatives of the two companies, Belgium National Company's Marc Coll and HLWC Philippines's Bangladesh chapter's CEO Samsul A. Syed attended the meeting.
Among the Bangladesh rice traders Rashid Group's Managing Director Md Rashid and Executive Director Md Zahirul Huq also attended the meeting.
After the meeting, Abdur Razzaque told reporters that although Bangladesh has the capacity now to export around 10 lakh metric tonnes of rice from its local surplus stock, the Philippines initially want to take only one lakh tonne.
Bangladesh initially showed its interest to export the rice to the country. "Initially, we want to export two lakh tonnes of rice, although we don't
have any problems to export 10 lakh tonnes, because of additional production of around 13 lakh tonnes."
Philippines want to import rice under government-to-government mechanism. They have collected the samples of our rice. They have also visited our rice mills in last few days and expressed their satisfaction on the quality of our rice, he said, adding, "If we can export around five lakh tonnes of rice, it will have an impact on the local price of rice."
When asked, Rashid Group's Md Rashid told reporters, "It would be better for us as we grow coarse rice and they usually consume. As a result, they will buy coarse rice like 'BR-28' and 'BR-29' from Bangladesh. They can also buy 'Miniket'."
When asked about recent flood, Razzaque said it wouldn't have any impact on exporting rice as Bangladesh has a huge surplus of rice now. Rather, the farmer's will get proper price of their rice due to the export initiatives.

Earlier, the minister had another meeting with the representatives of a Dutch company Rexil Agro led by Cees Van Stee while its local representatives Milon Chowdhury, Enamul Chowdhury and Asadur Khondoker accompanied.

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