Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) has assured consumers of sufficient white rice supply in Malaysia. The company distributed 630,000 metric tonnes of white rice from January to August, a 38% increase compared to the average monthly sales in the past five years. On Sept 1, the company announced it was raising the selling price of imported white rice nationwide from RM2,350 per tonne to RM3,200 per tonne.
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This brought an increase in demand for local white rice. The shift in consumer and industry demand was driven by the price difference between local and imported rice. While the company raised the selling price of imported white rice in September due to various external factors, it remains committed to supporting intervention programs for local rice supply.