Feeding the Dragon: Prospects brighten for non-basmati rice exports
In a step towards facilitating exports of rice to China, the Union government has asked the millers to get registered with the Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage (DPPQ&S) under the Agriculture Ministry, so that the registered mills could be approved by the Chinese authorities for exports of the cereal.
India, the largest rice exporter, ships a minuscule quantity of the cereal through other countries to China, which imports as high as five million tonnes annually mainly from Thailand, Vietnam and Pakistan among other rice producers.
The Indian exporters, finding it tough to crack the markets in China, the largest importer of rice, have been seeking the government intervention to facilitate shipments of the cereal. The issue had figured during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China, sources said.
The Agriculture Ministry is in the process of signing up a protocol with the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China in respect of export of the Indian rice — both basmati and non-basmati — to China. The protocol is to ensure that the rice exported from India meets the phyto-sanitary concerns of China, the Agriculture and Processed Food Exports Development Authority (Apeda) said in a note on its website.
Subsequent to the signing of the protocol, the rice processing unit will be registered by the DPPQ&S, under the Agriculture Ministry. The registered mill will be inspected by Chinese authorities for approval for export of rice from India to China, the notification said asking mills to convey their interest to the DPPQ&S.