As many as five more rice
mills have been cleared for exporting non-basmati rice from India to China,
taking the total figure to 24 rice mills, said an official statement issued by
the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Thursday.
consignment of non-basmati rice, of 100 tonnes, was shipped to China, from
Nagpur, in September this year after officials from China inspected in May this
year the rice mills capable of exporting non-basmati rice to
During Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's visit to China in June this year, a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) was signed between China and India on phytosanitary requirements for
exporting rice from India to China.
Subsequently, the 2006
protocol on phytosanitary requirements was amended to include the export of
non-basmati varieties of rice from India.
According to the ministry's
official statement, there is a potential for India to export one metric tons of
rice to China in a few years, as China is the world's largest importer of rice
buying more than five metric tons of rice in a year.
India's total rice exports
increased from 10.8 metric tons a year earlier, to 12.7 metric tons last
fiscal. This allowed India to retain the top slot in global trade of the
Recently, China had lifted
the ban on import of rapeseed meal from India. The ban was imposed in 2011 and
India's export of rapeseed meal was worth 161 million U.S. dollars that year.
India has surplus of 500,000 tons of rapeseed meal to export to China every
year, said the official statement.