Iraq buys 238,190 tonnes of local rice - grain board

BAGHDAD, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Iraq's state grains buyer said on Sunday it had procured 238,190 tonnes of local rice during the purchasing season.

The country needs around 1 million to 1.25 million tonnes of rice per year to support a food rationing programme, created in 1991 to combat U.N. economic sanctions, covers flour, rice, cooking oil and sugar. (Reporting by Moayad Kenany, Writing by Amina Ismail; Editing by Alison Williams)

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