China Eyes Odisha Rice

After Iron Ore, Metals and Seafood, now there is lot of scope generated for export of Rice to China from Odisha, which will boost Agri Sector in the State.

In fact the Rice Exporters from Odisha will have gala time as China has agreed to import Non-Basamati Rice from the country.
Odisha is one of the largest rice producers in the country and there is enough scope of export of Non Basamti Rice from the State.
A Team of Chinese officials will visit India this month to inspect and certify some of the rice mills already registered with Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage (DPPQS), allowing them to export to China, said D K Singh, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
So Mr.Singh has urged the State Government to ask the rice processing units to register themselves with the DPPQS of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoAFW).
A major market in the world, China currently allows import of Basmati Rice from India.
Both the countries have signed the protocol under which China has agreed to import both Basamti and Non-Basamati Rice as well from India.
Protocol was signed by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) and General Administration of Customs of the Peoples’ Republic of China (GACC).
The signing of the protocol between the two countries assumes significance as India has time and again asked for greater market access for its agricultural commodities in the Chinese market.
Under the pact, the shipments will have to comply with the Chinese plant quarantine laws and regulations. India will also have to ensure that processing and storage houses of the rice to be exported to China are free from pests and insects.
The protocol is to ensure that rice exported from India meets the Phyto-Sanitary concerns of China, said Mr.Singh.
The exported rice will have to be free of soil, seeds of weeds, paddy hull, loose bran and any of plant debris of rice.
So the rice processing units interested for exporting rice will have to apply to DPPQS for registration and soon after this process, rice mills would be inspected by Chinese Team and if found suitable they will be able to start shipments to China.
While the China Team will visit this month, Government of India will once again invite the Chinese Team to visit India after six months so that they can cover more rice processing units.
So there is lot of scope for applying for registration with DPPQS and after that China Team will be visiting the Mills.
Non-Basmati rice exports from the country during April-February 2018 stood at USD 3.26 billion as against USD 2.53 billion in 2016-17.
India wants to increase exports to China with a view to bridging the ballooning trade deficit, which has increased to USD USD 63.12 billion in 2017-18 from USD 51.08 billion in the previous fiscal, officials say.

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