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Govt to sell 16,000 tn rice at cheap rate to cyclone-hit Madagascar

Friday, Feb 28

 

By Sampad Nandy and S. Anirudh Iyer

 

NEW DELHI – India will sell at cheaper rate around 16,000 tn rice to Madagascar as a relief assistance after the country was hit by a severe cyclonic storm Ava, a senior government official said today. 

 

"Madagascar has been hit by a severe cyclone and is in dire need of humanitarian aid," the official said. 

 

The African country had been hit by a devastating cyclone Ava that claimed around 30 lives and affected about 92,000 people in the eastern coast of the island country in early February.

 

The government has already committed to provide relief assistance to the country. 

 

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on Feb 2 had said in a tweet that India was an early responder to the natural disaster that hit Madagascar.

 

The government has decided to send rice to the African nation at 26,799 rupees per tn, the official said. The first tranche of 600 tn will be shipped on Mar 1, he said. 

 

The food ministry had written to the external affairs ministry to help lift additional stocks from the central pool. Currently, the food grain stocks in the central pool are at a seven-year high of 57.8 mln tn, nearly 24% higher on year.   

"The (food) ministry has written to the external affairs (ministry) to look at countries in dire need of food grain and distribute stocks among those countries," another official had said earlier.

 

The ministry will also sell at cheaper rate nearly 400 tn rice to Mongolia also as a humanitarian aid, the first official said.  End

 

Edited by Akul Nishant Akhoury

 

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