At present, Chhattisgarh
exports over one million tonnes of rice
every year. The rice
is exported mostly to the African countries where the demand of broken rice
is more. The milling policy is restricting millers from showing the actual quantity of broken rice
Under the existing policy, the turn-out ratio
has been fixed at 67% for raw variety rice, while boiled rice
stands at 68%. Chhattisgarh
millers have been claiming that the policy was not practical as it has been designed after the quality of paddy
production in Punjab and Haryana.
The millers said the quality does not remain common in other paddy
growing states and the quantity of broken rice
is more in Chhattisgarh. “Despite the proportion of demand for broken rice
being more, we cannot show it in the books,” said Yogesh Agrawal, who is the President of Chhattisgarh rice
The association had been demanding to fix Chhattisgarh's turn-out ratio
to 55% but no action was taken by the government. Unable to show records showing high demand of broken rice, millers are cutting down on exports, Agrawal said.
He added that the millers have been receiving calls from African traders, but were unable to committ to exporting broken rice. “The government must change its policy as the matter is related to earning foreign exchange,” Agrawal said.
Millers in Chhattisgarh
had earlier called for an indefinite strike demanding changes in the milling policy and the turn-out ratio
for broken rice. With thier issues remaining unaddressed, millers were compelled to call off the strike and lifting paddy
for milling instead.
At present, the state government has procured around one million tonnes of paddy
at minimum support price
(MSP) in the current kharif season. This remained stocked as millers had not lifted it for milling so far.