Measures for Sustaining Rice Exports

Measures for Sustaining Rice Exports


Though India is the second largest producer or rice in the world after China, India is facing stiff competition in the world markets for the export of rice. Thailand is occupying first position in the international markets due to its better quality and low price. Vietnam has emerged as the world's second largest exporter of rice . Thailand, Vietnam and Pakistan have emerged as the competitors for India in the export of rice. But, there is immense scope for India to take advantage of the new trade opportunities that sustain the export of rice and processed products of rice. This can be achieved only if production increases are made possible by increased investment in R&D coupled with realistic policy incentives adopted by the government.
 

The following are some of the measures suggested to sustain the export of rice:

 

• Production of quality seeds and ensuring its availability to farmers at subsidized rates
• Acceleration of breeding efforts in the development of high-yielding export-quality rices
• The development of new products and processing techniques
• Survey may be conducted to identify contiguous zones for cultivation of export quality rice
• Maintaining quality standards that match those of international markets
• Identification of varieties for rice-based products
• Production, procurement and processing of basmati rice may be organized in a systematic manner for maintaining
   its quality for export purposes
• Research & Development to produce quality rice may be strengthened
• Export friendly trade policies
• Improvement of port facilities
• Modernization of rice mills to ensure high milling recovery and effective availability of by-products for full utilization
• Setting up of a board/council to promote the export of rice and rice-based products

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