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China allows import of Rice from more Indian processors

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 said.

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 July 9-17.

 

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