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GM row may not affect rice exports for now; govt rules out 'contamination'

This is because the European Union (EU), from where the allegation came, accounts for very little of the country's rice export

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Trade and market sources said India exported annually around 300,000 tonnes of rice (mostly basmati) to Europe. Of that, 170,000 tonnes goes to the UK.

Sanjeeb MukherjeeShreya Nandi New Delhi
The recent controversy about the alleged contamination of rice exported from India might not have much impact on the country’s outbound shipment of the cereal.
 
This is because the European Union (EU), from where the allegation came, accounts for very little of the country’s rice export.
 
The government has stated there is no possibility of genetically modified (GM) substances mixing with the rice exported because their production is prohibited.
 
Experts said if the controversy lingered, it could have an adverse effect on one of the biggest items of India’s agricultural exports.
 
Trade and market sources said

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First Published: Oct 22 2021 | 6:05 AM IST

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