The Government of India has recently made a significant decision to permit the export of 75,000 tons of non-basmati white rice to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This move comes at a time when India had imposed restrictions on the export of non-basmati white rice, aiming to bolster domestic supplies amidst concerns over inflation and the unpredictability of the monsoon season. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) made this announcement on Monday, signaling a shift in India’s export policies.
Export Channel Through National Cooperatives Exports Limited
The export of non-basmati white rice to the UAE will be facilitated through the National Cooperatives Exports Limited (NCEL). NCEL plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth execution of India’s export initiatives, and its involvement in this endeavor underscores the government’s commitment to balancing domestic and international demands for essential food commodities.
Prioritizing Food Security of Vulnerable Countries
While India has temporarily halted non-basmati white rice exports for domestic reasons, it continues to prioritize its commitments to food security in vulnerable countries and neighboring nations. The Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Santosh Kumar Sarangi, emphasized that the Indian government remains dedicated to providing the necessary quantity of rice or wheat when requested by food-insecure countries. This policy reflects India’s role as a responsible global player in addressing hunger and food shortages.
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Expanding Export Horizons
The recent decision to export non-basmati rice to the UAE is part of a broader strategy to extend exports to countries in need. In the previous weeks, India allowed the export of 3 lakh tonnes of wheat to Nepal and 14,184 tonnes to Bhutan. Additionally, non-basmati rice exports were permitted to Bhutan (79,000 tonnes), Mauritius (14,000 tonnes), and Singapore (50,000 tonnes) through NCEL. These measures indicate India’s willingness to collaborate with neighboring nations and fulfill their food security requirements.
Authorized Wheat and Non-Basmati Rice Exports from India to Various Nations:
|Wheat (Tonnes)||Non-Basmati Rice (Tonnes)|
A Policy for Broken Rice and Grains
In an effort to bolster the domestic supply of essential grains, the Indian government implemented export bans on various food items. Broken rice exports were restricted to Senegal (5 lakh tonnes), Gambia (5 lakh tonnes), Indonesia (2 lakh tonnes), Mali (1 lakh tonnes), and Bhutan (48,804 tonnes). These measures were introduced to ensure an adequate supply of grains within the country, particularly as inflation, especially food inflation, persisted above the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) target range of 2-6%.
Restrictions on Broken Rice Exports by India to Different Countries:
|Country||Restricted Broken Rice Exports (tonnes)|
India’s Delicate Balancing Act: Exporting Non-Basmati White Rice to the UAE
The Government of India’s decision to permit the export of non-basmati white rice to the UAE represents a calculated balancing act between domestic needs and international commitments. While safeguarding domestic supplies remains a priority, India continues to honor its commitments to food-insecure nations and neighboring countries, reaffirming its status as a responsible global player in the food security arena.