‘Red Rice’ export Assam to the USA: ‘Red rice’, an integral part of food in Assam, will now also be a part of the food plate of Americans. In fact, to boost India’s rice export capacity, the first batch of ‘red rice’ was sent to America. Export of red rice is being done by LT Foods, the leading rice exporter. The government says that along with the increase in export of these ‘red rice’, this will increase the income of farmer families of the flooded plains of Brahmaputra.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, this consignment of red rice was dispatched by Dr. M. Angamuthu, President of APEDA to America from Sonepat in Haryana. Let us tell you, APEDA together with different stakeholders promotes the export of rice.
‘Red rice’ is rich in iron
Iron-rich ‘red rice’ is grown in Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley without any chemical fertilizer. This variety of rice is called ‘Bao-Dhan’. It is an integral part of Assamese food.
You know, the government established the Rice Export Promotion Forum (REPF) under APEDA. REPF represents rice industry, exporters, APEDA, officials of the Ministry of Commerce and directors of major rice producing states including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Export was also done in COVID epidemic.
Rice exports from India have also increased during the era of Corona epidemic. The Ministry of Commerce says that even when the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic stopped the supply of many commodities, the export of rice from India also accelerated. In time, due to theoretical and health challenges, several measures were taken in the context of ensuring safety and hygiene and during this period, rice exports continued.
Non-basmati rice exports up 125%!
According to the Commerce Ministry data, non-basmati rice shipments saw a significant increase in the period from April to January in 2020-21. Non-basmati rice exports stood at Rs 26,058 crore ($ 3506 million) during April-January 2021, compared to Rs 11,543 crore ($ 1627 million) during April-January 2020. Exports of non-basmati registered a growth of 125 per cent in rupee terms and 115 per cent in dollar terms.