In a significant move, the Indian government has authorized the export of more than 1 million tons of non-basmati white rice to seven countries, demonstrating a commitment to supporting global food security.
The announcement, issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, permits the export of non-basmati white rice to Nepal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Seychelles. The export authorization is made through the National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL).
The distribution of authorized export quantities is as follows:
Nepal: 95,000 tonnes
Cameroon: 190,000 tonnes
Cote d’Ivoire: 142,000 tonnes
Guinea: 142,000 tonnes
Malaysia: 170,000 tonnes
Philippines: 295,000 tonnes
Seychelles: 800 tonnes
This decision comes after India had temporarily banned the export of non-basmati white rice in July to bolster domestic rice supplies. However, the government has since reconsidered its stance and is now allowing these exports based on permission granted to specific countries to address their food security requirements.
This move reinforces India’s commitment to supporting its international partners and ensuring a stable supply of essential food items to meet global demand.