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Government Extends Broken Rice Export Period to Senegal and Gambia Until November 2024

Broken rice export

In a strategic move to address food security concerns in Africa, the Indian government has extended the period for exporting broken rice to Senegal and Gambia until November 30, 2024. This decision follows the original ban on broken rice exports enacted on September 8, 2022, and the subsequent amendment on May 24, 2023, which allowed shipments to nations facing food security issues upon their government’s request.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued a notification on November 30, 2023, confirming this extension. According to the amended notification, "the period for the export of broken rice for the quantity already notified to Senegal and Gambia through the National Cooperative Export Limited (NCEL) has been extended for a further six months up to November 30, 2024."

This extension is in response to specific requests from the governments of Senegal and Gambia, highlighting India's role in supporting global food security. By allowing these exports, India aims to assist these countries in managing their food supply amidst global challenges.

The decision underscores India's commitment to addressing international food security concerns and highlights the strategic importance of agricultural exports in diplomatic and humanitarian efforts. It also reflects the flexibility of India's export policies in responding to urgent global needs.

Broken rice, a byproduct of the milling process, is a staple in many African diets and serves as an essential component in food aid programs. The extension of the export period will ensure that Senegal and Gambia continue to receive this crucial food supply, aiding their efforts to combat food insecurity.

India's initial ban on broken rice exports was implemented to stabilize domestic rice prices and ensure sufficient supply within the country. However, the subsequent amendments and specific allowances demonstrate a balanced approach, aiming to support both domestic needs and international humanitarian efforts.

As the world continues to grapple with food security challenges, India's proactive measures in facilitating the export of essential food grains to countries in need are likely to strengthen bilateral relations and enhance its standing as a responsible global partner.

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