Sri Lanka rice call enters phase II with four countries shortlisted

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July 07, 2017 (LBO) –  Sri Lanka has decided to take a closer look at four international rice suppliers to meet its market needs, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said in a statement.

“A team of technical officials including officials and food technologists from Sri Lanka are to visit these countries and test rice samples,” Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen was quoted as saying.

“We have decided to test rice samples of Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan.”

A team of technical officials including officials and food technologists from Sri Lanka are to visit these countries and test rice samples after which the final supplier will be decided from Colombo.

The island is looking to bring 100,000 MT par-boiled (Nadu) and Samba from the chosen supplier.

This will be Government to Government procurement –a speedy way to get rice for our domestic market, the statement added.

The minister also said that talks are ongoing regarding importing another 100,000 MT rice, from India.