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Bangladesh to buy 100,000 tonnes of white rice from Myanmar


Myanmar men carry rice bags on their shoulders as they work at a rice mill at Moulmeingyun town of Ayeyarwaddy region, Myanmar. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Bangladesh is to buy 100,000 tonnes of white rice from Myanmar at $442 a tonne, putting aside worsening relations over the Rakhine refugee crisis as the government races to overcome a shortage of the country’s staple food.

Normally the world’s fourth biggest rice producer, Bangladesh has become a major importer this year after floods hit its crops, sending domestic rice prices to record highs.

The deal with Myanmar is the first state-to-state rice deal between the two countries, and comes amid increasingly strained relations.

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