China has allowed five more Rice
processors in India to export the cereal to the world’s second largest economy
after inspecting their facilities while four companies were told to improve
their storage conditions.
Amid the stand-off with the US on trade
tariffs, China appears to be serious on importing Rice from India, exporters
In 2016, China had accredited 14 Rice exporters,
after an inspection of their processing facilities in India, but prevented the
physical shipment on quarantine issue claiming presence of a pest called
‘khapra’ (cabinet) beetle.
In June, an MoU was signed between China’s
General Administration of Customs and India’s Department of Agriculture on
phytosanitary requirements for exporting Rice from India to China. The 2006
protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China
was amended to include the export of non-basmati varieties of Rice from India.
“Previously, they had agreed to import from 14
Rice exporters, all of whom were based in the northern region and mainly deal
with basmati,” a government official said referring to the 2016 inspection when
Chinese officials had visited 19 facilities.
This time two non-basmati exporters, one each
from Nizamabad and Nagpur, have found place in the list of five “registered
Indian overseas Rice producers”, he said. Two teams of China’s General Administration
of Customs had visited 14 Rice processing plants in different states during