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WFP assures procurement of 500,000 tons rice for Bangladesh
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20:57, January 03, 2008

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The World Food Program (WFP) Thursday assured it will take immediate steps to assist Bangladesh in procuring 500,000 tons of rice as soon as possible as the country is facing food deficit and rice price has already increased abnormally.

Besides, WFP will dispatch some 30,000 tons of rice to Bangladesh, which will reach here in February to mitigate sufferings of the victims of cyclone Sidr.

Thailand has floated tender to export 100,000 tons of rice, private news agency UNB reported Thursday.

The assurances were made by representatives of the United Nations system and the Ambassador of Thailand during separate meetings with Bangladesh caretaker government Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhgury.

After the meeting, acting Country Director of UNDP Monoj Basnyat told reporters that they reviewed the possibility of procurement of rice and how the UN system could be used to assist the country in procuring 500,000 tons of rice as soon as possible.

Bangladesh faces food deficit as Nov. 15 cyclone "Sidr" caused heavy damage to paddy in the country's southern region.


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