EU Ban Basmati Imports; Indian Consumer To Get Premium Basmati at

    EU Ban Basmati Imports; Indian Consumer To Get Premium Basmati At Affordable Prices

    Basmati rice is India’s preferred domestic variety of rice with the highest standard of texture and aroma

    In a not so very surprising decision, European Union has decided not to allow Basmati rice imports from India. Such decision may affect the price of Basmati rice in the market. The European Union which has witnessed many such decisions has done it in the name of strict laws for higher standards of no use of pesticides.

    This decision appears to be strange in nature. Basmati rice is India’s preferred domestic variety of rice with the highest standard of texture and aroma.   All India rice exporters association (AIREA) has told that permission to export Basmati rice to EU nations had been earlier given till 31 December. Post that the permission will automatically get cancelled due to no extension. The reason given is the use of fungicides for the safety of Basmati rice to EU nations (another possible incident of fumigation laws manipulation). It is also evident that India usually exports (PB-1) and 1,401 Basmati breeds to EU. AIREA also asked for one year’s extension to the given export limits and may soon ask union government to intervene in the matter.         It will definitely increase the domestic availability of Basmati rice by at least 1,00,000 tonnes to 3,00,000 tonnes, which may send a chill to domestic consumers.

    An expert on the consumer affairs matter had termed it as a bright chance to ordinary consumer class which would never have the chance to opt for premium Rs 200 per kilograms or higher rate’s Basmati rice.

    According to the food and agriculture organisation of UN, Basmati is still believed to be a luxury food item among a huge 300 million plus middle-class consumer market of India. India’s overall progressive procurement for rice as on 1 September 2017 for the year 2016-17 was 387.38 lakh tonnes against the procurement of 341.43 lakh tonnes in the parallel period of previous year. The procurement of wheat for the rabi marketing season (RMS) for 2017-18 was 308.01 lakh tonnes against the procurement of 229.62 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of RMS of the year 2016-17.
  • MP govt and APEDA in Basmati rice geographical indication registry row

  • The geographical indication (GI) registry over Basmati rice has sparked a row between the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the Madhya Pradesh government, following the latter’s application for the GI registry of the central Indian state for Basmati rice production.  B M Sahare, additional director, ministry of agriculture, government of Madhya Pradesh, said, “Thirteen or fourteen districts of the state are currently producing Basmati rice.”  “There is a formidable basis for our application, and even the GI Registry, which is based in Chennai, has recognised our claim. But this was challenged in the court, and the matter is now sub judice,” he added. Sahare stated that the state government applied for GI Registry after conducting several of the mandatory tests at accredited laboratories to prove the claim.  However, a senior official dealing with the issue stated that APEDA’s position was open and clear. Only seven states are a part of the GI registry for Basmati Rice, and the authority will oppose any move to include any other state for it. APEDA also fears that this will open a Pandora’s box, and Pakistan and China can also claim the GI tag for Basmati rice.  Currently, eleven districts in Pakistan, under a treaty with India, enjoy GI registry for Basmati rice.  India, meanwhile, has a 85 per cent share in the global basmati rice trade. It exported basmati rice worth Rs 21,604 crore in 2016-17. In a previous statement, the ministry of commerce and industries reported in Parliament that the National Agricultural Research System, under the ministry of agriculture and cooperation has recognised only the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Uttarakhand, the western part of Uttar Pradesh and two districts of Jammu and Kashmir (namely, Jammu and Kathua) as the traditional geographical indication for Basmati rice cultivation. This means that the basmati rice produced in these regions are considered an intellectual property and will be acknowledged as Basmati rice, while the Basmati rice produced in other places will not be considered Basmati rice, as APEDA does not consider areas other than those with the GI tag for Basmati rice production.
  • APEDA invites offers for crop survey for Basmati rice estimation, yield

  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has invited offers for crop survey for estimation, assessment of acreage, crop health and yield of Basmati rice. According to the notice issued by the authority, the field-based survey will be carried out on the basis of a sample group of farmers selected at the district level in seven geographical indication (GI) states, viz Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Western Uttar Pradesh and two districts in Jammu and Kashmir. “The crop survey must be undertaken for estimation of crop area, crop health and projection, estimate of production and for survey during two Kharif seasons (i e Kharif 2017 and Kharif 2018) with detailed models and techniques to be used. They are required to be submitted in two separate envelopes,” it added. The offer should reach the APEDA office by 3pm on July 26, 2017. According to the eligibility criteria, the bidding firm should have minimum five years of experience to carry out field-based crop surveys undertaken for a trade body or government organisation in India.  The field-based survey would cover acreage estimation of all varieties of rice - Basmati, differentiated on the basis of traditional and evolved varieties, and Sharbati and Sugandha variants of non-Basmati rice. The reports will be submitted on a district-level basis for each state. Said a senior APEDA functionary, “Five reports will be submitted for the months of August, September, October, November and December. The first report will be submitted by August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2018 in the respective years.” “In case of unusual weather conditions, pest attacks or disease outbreaks affecting yields, a fortnightly report will be given during crop maturity time. The final report will contain crop-cutting estimation data, the post-arrival, post-harvest report in December and all statistics and maps,” said the official.
  • KRBL Limited wins the APEDA Golden Trophy for Outstanding Export

  • KRBL Limited wins the APEDA Golden Trophy for Outstanding Export Performance & Contribution in the Basmati Rice Sector

    Posted On: 2017-06-12 22:31:17

    Recognising the impeccable quality of its products, KRBL Limited, a leading Basmati Rice Company, has been awarded the Golden Trophy by APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, for outstanding export performance for the year 2015-16. The award was presented by Smt. Rita Teotia, Commerce Secretary, MoC&I Government of India, at the 22nd Annual APEDA Award Function held on 12th June, 2017, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Mr. Anil Kumar Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director of KRBL Limited, received the award on behalf of the company. Senior officers of the MoC&I and other government officials also graced the occasion. With over a 120-year heritage and an existence since 1889, KRBL Limited is the world's largest rice millers and Basmati rice exporters with a comprehensive product chain. KRBL exports basmati rice to 73 countries in the world and has a capacity of producing 195 MT of rice per hour. On receiving the award, Mr. Anil Kumar Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director of KRBL Limited said, "We are honoured to receive this award from APEDA as it reflects our continued commitment to satisfy our customers and deliver best quality Basmati Rice in India and around the world. This is truly a reflection of the high quality of products appreciated in domestic as well as international markets. Our flagship brand - India Gate Basmati rice not only enjoys market leadership in India but many important markets of Middle East and South East Asia. KRBL Limited believes that awards and recognition not only acknowledge success but also act as an impetus to motivate the company and its employees. It inspires us to take up new challenges that set new benchmarks in the industry. Taking cue from Ms Teotia's speech today, KRBL is committed to extending its global branding network to enhance value addition in India. "We are equally committed to marketing Indian Quinoa and other healthy grain from India in our brands to create newer product categories and newer markets, also suggested by her. MoC support to further these new initiatives is very encouraging," Mr Mittal added. Today, KRBL stands at the top slot of the Indian Basmati rice industry, unmatched and unparalleled in every aspect. With a strong retail presence across different sizes and price points, India Gate continued to allure consumers across all age groups and regions to lead the market and is today the most aspirational basmati rice brand in India. As world's largest Basmati exporter, KRBL has its wings spread across all the Basmati eating regions like Asia, Middle East, Europe, USA, Canada and Africa. Shares of KRBL LTD. was last trading in BSE at Rs.395.75 as compared to the previous close of Rs. 414.5. The total number of shares traded during the day was 48140 in over 1187 trades. The stock hit an intraday high of Rs. 419.95 and intraday low of 393.3. The net turnover during the day was Rs. 19430593.

  • Jammu to be hub for export of quality basmati rice: SKUAST-J

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    Jammu:  Experts on Tuesday said that Jammu will become a hub for export of quality basmati rice in India. This was said during a one-day workshop on ‘Quality improvement in production of Basmati rice for export’ at Chatha, wherein about 225 farmers from Basmati rice growing region of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts participated and was attended by the national and state level experts of Basmati rice. According to a statement, the workshop was organized by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (Jammu), in collaboration with Basmati Export Development Foundation (BEDF), APEDA, Government of India, organized one day workshop and focused on the production, marketing, utilization and export of Basmati rice in context of development of entrepreneurship. “A high level exchange of knowledge between the scientists, farmers and field functionaries to develop the road map for Basmati rice farming was taken up during the workshop, a spokesman said in the statemnet. During the programme, the spokesman said, the official website of Society for Integrated Development of Agriculture, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences (SIDAVES) was launched by Prof. P.K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-J and the chief guest of the workshop. Prof. Pardeep Kumar Sharma congratulated the farmers for their enthusiastic participation in the workshop and appealed them to maintain the quality of their basmati produce to fetch a good price in the market and double the income of basmati growers. He advised the farmers to keep in touch with the scientists and experts for any kind of problems in their fields. He appealed to the basmati growers to be prepared to register themselves with the online portal to be launched shortly by the Government of India. He also congratulated Dr. Jag Paul Sharma, director Research and his team for the launch of the society SIDAVES for the benefit of mother earth and mankind. Dr. Jag Paul Sharma, Director Research of SKUAST-Jammu, gave a lecture on entrepreneurship in Basmati and its organic cultivation. He advised the farmers to adopt scientific advisories and regulations to obtain optimum yield and quality in basmati entrepreneurship in Jammu province. He emphasized for further improvement in basmati rice with increased grain length, high aroma, grain yield and resistance to diseases and insects and providing value addition to basmati rice varieties. Sharma stressed upon the use organic basmati seed for organic production of basmati rice, along with the use of bio-fertilizers and bio control agents. He advised for the development of farmer producers organizations (FPOs) of basmati growers in Jammu province. Dr. Ritesh Sharma, Principal Scientist (BEDF) interacted with the basmati growers of Jammu district and gave a lecture on strengths and challenges in export of Basmati rice and quality production techniques. He enlisted Ranbir Basmati and Basmati 370 of Jammu among the top 30 varieties of basmati rice and told that Pusa Basmati 1121 contains the longest grain length and constitutes 80 percent of the total basmati export. He discussed in detail about the problems, solutions, weaknesses and strengths of basmati growers of Jammu district and told that the pesticide residual effect is very less in Jammu Basmati as compared to other regions. Ravi Aggarwal, Chief Manager, Northern Region, Indian Potash Limited (IPL) appreciated the efforts of scientists of SKUAST-J in improvement of production technologies of basmati rice in Jammu province and requested the farmers for optimum use of fertilizers in their fields. IPL organized a quiz competition among the participating basmati rice growers wherein five winning farmers were facilitated with 50 kg bag of potash to each. Dr. S.K. Singh, Scientist of Organic Farming Research Center- Chatha, elaborated eco-friendly diseases and insect pest management of Basmati. Dr. R.K. Salgotra, Coordinator of School of Biotechnology presented welcome address, while, a formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. R. K. Arora, Associate Director Extension and Incharge of all KVKs of SKUAST-Jammu.
  • Centre, basmati exporters looking at alternative fungicides to treat rice

  •  Isoprothiolane is good alternative to tricyclazole, but restricted in the US

    The Centre is working with basmati exporters to identify alternatives to tricyclazole — a fungicide used to treat rice — as the European Union seems inflexible in its decision to bring down the tolerance level for the chemical next year, effectively banning its use.

    “If alternatives are not found, India’s basmati exports to the region could get hit drastically as the levels of tricyclazole in Indian rice is mostly much higher than the default level of 0.001 ppm (parts per million) that the EU wants,” a government official told BusinessLine.

    The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), under the Department of Commerce, together with basmati rice-exporting companies, is looking at possible solutions to the problem, the official added.

    No issues with current cap The maximum residue limit (MRL) for tricyclazole, a fungicide used by rice-growing countries to protect the crop from a disease called ‘blast’, is at present fixed at 1 ppm by the European Union.

    Indian exporters do not have any problems staying within this limit, but once the default level of 0.001 ppm kicks in, much of the $3 billion of basmati exported to the EU from India could get affected.

    The industry and government are finding it difficult to zero in on other fungicides that could be used because of a peculiar problem, the official said. While the fungicide isoprothiolane (IPT) could be a good alternative to tricyclazole as it has similar properties and is allowed in the EU, it is difficult to advise farmers to switch to it as the chemical is restricted in the United States.

    So, in order to save the market in the EU, India would have to put at risk its market for basmati rice in the US, if it switches to IPT. The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) is also working on varieties of rice that are resistant to the heat blast disease but it will take time to yield results.

    “Before we are able to have our own varieties of disease-free rice, we have to use our diplomatic skills to sort out the problem with the EU and also with the US if required,” the official said.

    India is continuing to talk to the EU hoping to convince it to change its mind about lowering the maximum residue limit for tricyclazole.

    “The EU does not seem too impressed by the problem Indian basmati exporters may face next year. India is talking to countries like Italy and Portugal, which do not support the EU initiative of raising the tolerance level, to strengthen its argument,” the official said.

    (This article was published on May 11, 2017)
  • Poor offtake by Iran dents India’s basmati Rice exports


    Commodity OnlineIndia, May 3 -- India&#39 s Basmati Rice exports dropped 7% in dollar terms at $3. 2 billion in 2016-17 financial year as against the previous year s $3.47 billion according to provisional data released by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).In volume terms basmati shipments were estimated at 3.99 million tonnes against 4.04 million tonnes.The dip in basmati shipments mainly due to the reduced offtake from Iran the largest buyer APEDA noted.Non-basmati Rice shipments grew 10.5% in value at Rs.17 122 crore as against Rs.15 483 crore in FY2015-16 . In volumes the non-basmati rice shipments were up at 6.81 million tonnes against 6.46 million tonnes in the previous year.Overall Rice shipments exceeded 10.81 million tonnes about 3% higher than the previous year s 10.50 million tonnes APEDA said. Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Commodity Online. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at
  • After Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘quality’ order, APEDA gets cracking on improving

  • After Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘quality’ order, APEDA gets cracking on improving basmati rice

    APEDA is making all efforts to ensure production of export-compliant basmati rice in the country, according to a senior official from the body.

    By: | Updated: May 5, 2017 3:39 AM
    Agricultural, Processed Food Products, APEDA, basmati rice, AIREA, Nirmala Sitharaman, National Standards Conclave, Rajan SundaresanAPEDA is making all efforts to ensure production of export-compliant basmati rice in the country, according to a senior official from the body.
    Dibyajyoti Bhattacharjee The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is making all efforts to ensure production of export-compliant basmati rice in the country, according to a senior official from the body. It will be working closely with the governments of seven states that produce basmati rice and run awareness campaigns among the rice farmers for selective use of pesticides in cultivation, keeping in view the target market. APEDA will participate in 15 workshops in the basmati rice producing states along with agricultural universities, the All India Rice Exporters’ Association (AIREA) and the state agricultural departments over the next few months. This development comes at a time when commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while inaugurating the ‘National Standards Conclave’ in Delhi on May 1, has called on the industry to produce quality goods at affordable price to secure higher market access in the foreign countries. Welcoming the move by APEDA, Rajan Sundaresan, executive director of AIREA, said with the expected improvement in realisation rates of basmati rice in major overseas markets, India will be able to penetrate deeper into world rice markets in near future. Basmati rice, arguably the most premium variety of rice available in the world, has lucrative market in the EU, the US and the Middle East. But exports of basmati rice to some countries are hampered due to non-compliance of technical regulations concerning product standards. Actually, exports of basmati rice from India faced problems due to detection of pesticides residues exceeding prescribed Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs). India’s basmati rice exports to the world, which stood at $3.22 billion in 2016-17, declined more than 7.3% compared to the previous year. You might also want to see this:
    Speaking to the FE, the APEDA official said recently that the EU has brought down the MRL of tricyclazole (an ingredient used in pesticides) to limit of determination (LOD) i.e. 0.01 mg/kg. So, basmati rice grown in India will not qualify for exports to the EU after January 2018, unless it conforms to the new standards prescribed by the EU. Similarly, the US does not permit the presence of residues of pesticides like Isoprothiolane and Buprofezin beyond 0.01 mg/kg. He stressed that only those pesticides should be used by farmers which are recommended by the state agricultural universities for application to paddy crops. Additionally, correct dose of the recommended pesticides should be used and pre-harvest interval should be observed as mentioned on the label of the packing of the respective pesticides.