A shipment of 11,000 metric tonnes of rice arrived in Sri Lanka today (April 12) under India’s $1 billion concessional credit facility.
It was ceremonially handed over by the officials of the Indian High Commission in Colombo.
In addition to today’s shipment, a total of 5,000 tons of rice has been received in recent days under the said credit facility. With this, a total of 16,000 MT of rice out of 40,000 MT to be imported by the State Trading Corporation of India, is delivered.
The Indian High Commission recalled that the billion dollar credit facility agreement was signed between the Sri Lankan government and the State Bank of India on March 17, 2022.
Rice delivery was affected less than a month after signing the agreement. The supply is part of India’s expanded multi-pronged support to Sri Lanka over the past few months, which includes timely provision of fuel, other forms of economic and foreign exchange support, etc. communicated.
“The rapid supply, ahead of the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, is in line with agreements reached regarding India’s support for energy and food security in Sri Lanka.”
The aid follows a successful visit by India’s External Affairs Minister to Sri Lanka last month during which India’s continued support to the people of Sri Lanka was reiterated, the Indian High Commission added.