India's non-basmati rice exports recorded a historic growth of 109%, from $2,925 million in 2013-14 to $6,115 million in 2021-22.
According to DGCIS data, India exported rice to more than 150 countries around the world in 2021-22. It exported more than $1 million worth of rice to 76 out of 150 reported countries in 2021-22, indicating the diversification of Indian exports of this commodity over the years.
Union Trade & Industry & Food & Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal highlighted the historic achievement in a tweet, saying the Modi government's policies have helped farmers access global markets and also ensure food safety.
According to DGCIS data, India exported non-basmati rice worth US$4,799 million in 2019-20, which increased to US$4,799 million in 2020-2020 and US$6,115 million in 2021-22.
Growing 27% in 2021-22, non-basmati rice exports were the best performers among all agricultural products at $6,115 million.
"In cooperation with our foreign missions, we have coordinated logistics development and focused on producing quality products, which has improved India's rice export prospects," said Dr. Angamuthu, Chairman of the Authority. of Development of Exports of Processed and Agricultural Foods (APEDA), saying.
Benin, a West African country, is one of the largest importers of non-basmati rice from India. The other countries are Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, Vietnam, Djibouti, Madagascar, Cameroon, Somalia, Malaysia, Liberia, and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2020-2021, India shipped non-basmati rice to nine countries: Timor-Leste, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Eswatini, Myanmar and Nicaragua, where it was exported for the first or previous time. It had a smaller volume.
India's efforts to expand port handling infrastructure, value chain development involving key stakeholders, as well as efforts to explore new opportunities in rice exporting countries or markets in recent years have led to a large increase in rice exports.
Despite the logistical challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic, India continues to expand its rice export presence in the African, Asian and European Union markets, accounting for the largest share of global rice trade. Strong global demand also contributed to the growth of India's rice exports.
Major rice producing states are West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam and Haryana.
According to the second forecast for 2021-22, the total rice production in 2021-22 is estimated at a record 127.93 million tons, 11.49 million tons more than the average production of the last five years of 116, 44 million tons.
However, according to the second preliminary estimate for 2021-22, the total food grain production in the country is estimated at a record 316.06 million tons, 5.32 million tons more than the food grain production in 2020 -twenty-one. Furthermore, production in 2021-22 is 25.35 million tonnes higher than the average food grain production of the previous five years (2016-17 to 2020-21).
India is the second largest producer of rice in the world after China. Record exports would allow rice farmers to reduce their stocks and would also benefit farmers, as increased demand for Indian rice is likely to improve their yield.
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