A ceremony to donate 300 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka’s flood victims was held by the government and the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) on 24 February at Pinlekoethwe rice mill in Dagon Seikkan Indistrial Zone, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported today.
Dr Than Myint, Union Minister for the Commerce Ministry, and other officials, along
with Mr. K.W.N.D Karunaratne, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Myanmar, and officials from the MRF attended the event.
The donation is a humanitarian aid for victims of the flood and landslide in May 2017, which killed more than 200 people and rendered 600,000 homeless.
The MRF donated some 300 tonnes of rice with an estimated value of more than US$150,000, while the government will pay the cost of shipment charges to Sri Lanka from the Yangon port.
“Sri Lanka and Myanmar are engaged in cultural and religious cooperation. Sri Lanka
buys rice and other agricultural products from Myanmar, and so, they are our trading clients. Therefore, we would like to express our concern to our trading partner with our contribution,” said U Ye Min Aung, general secretary of MRF.
The low quality rice (15 per cent broken rice of the Ae-Ma-Hta variety) will be purified. The shipment started yesterday, and is slated to reach Sri Lanka’s port in early March.
Myanmar donors will offer more donations in Sri Lanka in mid-March. Dr Than Myint said that Sri Lanka and Myanmar were engaged in economic, social and cultural exchanges during the old days.
There is business- to-business cooperation, besides a government-to-government agreement. Bilateral trade with Sri Lanka reached $36 million, and the volume will grow each year, he added. Sri Lanka’s ambassador noted that the country imported rice from Myanmar, Thailand and India owing to a shortage of rice due to floods in the rainy season.
“I would like to express our appreciation, on behalf of the Sri Lankan people, for the humanitarian aid supported by Myanmar’s government and the MRF. We will make sure the contributions go directly and effectively to the flood victims.
Earlier, Myanmar and Sri Lanka had a series of discussions for rice exports under the
government-to-government system. Sri Lanka has now allowed importers to import the goods with zero tax, and so, the plan turned out to be a business- to-business plan.
Siva Monday, 26 February 2018 23:41
Once upon a Time all of the rice requirements of Ceylon were supplied by Burma. Then Burma became Myanmar and could no longer supply the rice as they were unable to produce enough.Ceylon became Sri Lanka and still wanted the rice. The Chinese who at time did not have enough foreign currency wanted to supply the rice which was not tasty as the. "milchard," rice and wanted Sri Lanka to pay for it in rubber which we sold in foreign currency. When the Chinese expanded Industrially the gave us more rice and even chillies and some other items .Thereafter both Myanmar and SriLanka went the same "way" and now China is asking and getting land for the money which both countries are unable to repay.We are still very religious.
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Lawry Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00
Do we have to accept this donation of rice from a country actively involved in genocide? This rice is tainted with blood if the news reports are correct.
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Siva Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:19
The rice from Myanmar is good to keep as it's a gift and we should respect that country.However we need to also hand over a similar quantity of rice to the UNHCR which is feeding a number of people from Myanmar in Bangladesh
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Lankapuths Tuesday, 27 February 2018 01:22
What can we say A Big Thank you. Hope our authorities will distribute it to the wright people quickly as possible.
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Sathees Tuesday, 27 February 2018 02:50
Shame on you Sri Lanka! We should donate to Myanmar, not they to us!
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sara Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:29
this donation is results of the Sinhalese nationalist protest and support for ethnic cleansing woman!
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k.soysa Tuesday, 27 February 2018 05:16
Millions of their own are starving. They are donating rice to us!!! WE should take responsibility for accepting such a donation. I remember what the Lord Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave Me no food......"
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Ss Tuesday, 27 February 2018 05:36
What an insult to get low quality rice as flood relief more than 8 months after the incident
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Ahmed Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:42
indonesia donated us rice! now Myanmar is donating us rice. maybe somalia will donate us rice next time
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