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Rice drives India's agri exports

EU stockists build inventory ahead of tighter quality norms

Dilip Kumar Jha  |  Mumbai 

Rice drives India's agri exports

Farm exports, led by rice, jumped by 13 per cent during as dealers overseas built up stocks amid fears of a ban by the EU, which strengthened quality norms.

According to the (Apeda), exports of agricultural products registered with it jumped to $8.73 billion in from $7.69 billion in the corresponding period a year ago. In rupee terms, Apeda-registered exports jumped by 8.64 per cent to Rs 56,183 crore from Rs 51,499 crore.

The rise in farm exports was primarily driven by rice, both basmati and non-basmati, which contribute nearly 44 per cent to the country’s annual farm shipments. Exports of rose by over 30 per cent in dollar terms and 25 per cent in rupee terms during as European buyers built inventories in anticipation of tighter quality tests effective November 1.

“European buyers built their inventories on fears a smaller quantity of would pass the quality tests. Iran, too, purchased a huge quantity of rice, resulting in an increase in overall exports,” said Gurnam Arora, joint managing director, Kohinoor Foods.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in a communication to Apeda, said basmati from India needed to pass through a pre-shipment residue test for 22 pesticides from November 1. clarified that the minimum residue limit for propiconazole was under review.

Rice drives India's agri exports
The value of basmati exports jumped to $2.13 billion in from $1.63 billion in the same period a year ago. Exporters’ realisation rose to $997 a tonne from $789 a tonne last year. exports were 2.13 million tonnes in April- September, up from 2.07 million tonnes in the same period of 2016.

Guar gum also witnessed a sharp rise in exports from 163,958 tonnes ($180 million) in 2016 to 252,568 tonnes ($317 million) in the comparable period this year. Increasing demand from shell gas companies for oil drills yielded 14 per cent higher realisation this year at $1,255 a tonne.

First Published: Sun, November 05 2017. 00:37 IST
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