Bangladesh will buy a record amount of rice from farmers this year at prices 55 percent higher than in 2007 to stimulate production and build emergency stocks, the farm minister said Sunday. The government will build a stockpile of 3.2 million tons of rice, nearly double the previous record for emergency stocks, food and agriculture minister A.M.M. Shawqkat Ali said. ?Besides, the United States, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank have said they would give us some food aid,? he added. (The China Post)

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