March 24, 2020 / 11:14 AM / 5 days ago

Vietnam to continue rice exports amid virus spread - food association vice chairman

HANOI, March 24 (Reuters) - Vietnam will continue to export rice amid the spread of the coronavirus, the vice chairman of the country’s food association said on Tuesday.

“I just received information from the top leader of the government about the continuation,” Do Ha Nam, vice chairman of Vietnam Food Association told Reuters on phone.

Nam’s statement counters that of local customs officials and media reports citing a customs document as saying the Southeast Asian country has halted rice shipments from Tuesday to ensure food security. (Reporting by Khanh Vu, editing by Louise Heavens)

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