Nov 30, Karachi: A 15-member delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) will visit Sri Lanka in December to increase rice exports, a statement said on Wednesday.
Acting chairman of REAP Rafique Suleman along with former chairman Abdul Rahim Janoo and Asif Polani met with Consul General of Sri Lanka in Karachi G L Gnanatheva to discuss their visit.
Suleman apprised Gnanatheva regarding a communication received from the Pakistani High Commission in Colombo recommending to send a REAP delegation on urgent basis as Sri Lanka is facing shortage of rice.
Suleman said they are having a good quality crop of Pakistani Basmati and Irri-6 rice and they can export good quantity of rice with competitive prices.
"It is therefore decided to send a (15) members high profile REAPís trade delegation to Sri Lanka in the month of December 2017 for the promotion and marketing of Pakistani rice."
He said the delegation will also discuss to increase the Basmati rice quota which is remaining at 6,000 tons for many years.