India’s non-basmati rice exports triple in three years

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India’s exports of non-basmati rice touched $6.11 billion in the 2021-22 financial year (April-May), tripling in three years from $2.01 billion in the 2019-20 financial years, becoming the top foreign exchange earner among all commodity exports, a government statement said.

According to trade data, India exported rice to over 150 countries, the statement said, adding that exports of non-basmati rice were valued at $4.8 billion in 2020-21.

It quoted Minister for Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal as saying that the government’s policies helped farmers to get access to the global markets and also ensure food security. in 2021-22.

“In collaboration with our foreign missions, we have coordinated development of logistics as well as focus on the production of quality produce, which has boosted India’s rice exports prospects,” the statement quoted Dr. M. Angamuthu, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) as saying.

Benin is one of the major importers of non-basmati rice from India. Other destination countries are Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Cote D’ Ivoire, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, Vietnam, Djibouti, Madagascar, Cameroon Somalia,  Malaysia, Liberia and U.A.E. among others.

Better infrastructure, value chain helps

In 2020-21, India shipped non-basmati rice to nine countries – Timor-Leste, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Eswatini, Myanmar and Nicaragua.

India’s thrust on expanding port handling infrastructure, development of value chain involving key stakeholders along with efforts to explore new opportunities in countries or markets for rice exports in the last couple of years have led to a huge spike in rice exports, the statement pointed out.

Notwithstanding logistical challenges posed by COVID19 pandemic, India continues to expand its rice exports footprint in the African, Asian and European Union markets, thus having the largest share in global rice trade, it added.

India is expected to produce a record 127.93 million tonnes of rice in the 2021-22 season against the last five years’ average production of 116.44 million tonnes.

The government estimates peg total foodgrains production in the country at a record 316.06 million tonnes in 2021-22, 5.32 million tonnes than the previous year. India is the world’s second-largest rice producer after China.

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