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Centre’s nod to five more rice mills to export non-basmati rice to China

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Salka Pai | Updated on: 25 Oct 2018, 04:50:28 PM
Centre’s nod to five more rice mills to export non-basmati rice to China (Photo- Twitter/PIB)

New Delhi:

The Centre on Thursday said that five more rice mills have been cleared for exporting non-basmati rice from India to China, taking the total to 24 rice mills, said official.

According to official report, the first consignment of 100 tonnes non-basmati rice was shipped to China from Nagpur in September this year after both sides inked a protocol on phytosanitary (related with plants) requirements for exporting rice from India to China on June 9, 2018 at Qingdao during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China.

The 2006 protocol on phytosanitary requirements was amended to include the export of non-basmati varieties of rice from India, it said.

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The first consignment, which consists of white rice 5% broken, were received by China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), one of China’s state-owned food processing holding companies.

In May this year, officials from China inspected rice mills that are capable of exporting non-basmati rice to China and 19 rice mills and processing units were registered for export to China.

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A major rice market in the market, China so far allowed import of only basmati rice from India and buys more than 5 million tonnes per year.

There is potential for India to export 1 million tonnes of rice to China in a few years, it added.

India’s total rice exports increased to 12.7 million tonnes last fiscal from 10.8 million tonnes in the previous financial year. This allowed India to retain the top slot in global trade of the commodity.

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First Published : 25 Oct 2018, 04:47:32 PM