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India Permits Export of 30,000 Tonnes of Non-Basmati White Rice to Tanzania


Rice to Tanzania

In a move to meet food security needs and foster international cooperation, India has approved the export of 30,000 tonnes of non-basmati white rice to Tanzania. The decision comes as part of a broader allowance for rice exports to various African nations, including Djibouti and Guinea Bissau.


The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) announced the approval, permitting the export through the National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL), as stated in a recent notification. This allocation also includes the export of 80,000 tonnes of broken rice to Djibouti and Guinea Bissau, showcasing India's commitment to supporting its African counterparts in securing essential food supplies.


This move is particularly significant as it comes amidst India's ban on non-basmati white rice exports since July 20, 2023, aimed at bolstering domestic reserves. However, exceptions are being made to meet the urgent food demands of specific countries upon request.


Tanzania, situated in East Africa, stands to benefit from this decision, alongside Djibouti, located at the northeast coast of the African continent, and Guinea-Bissau, a tropical nation in West Africa. The DGFT's notification indicates that 30,000 tonnes of broken rice are allocated to Djibouti and 50,000 tonnes to Guinea Bissau.


India's cooperative efforts extend beyond this allocation, as the country has previously permitted similar exports to nations like Nepal, Cameroon, Cote D' Ivore, Guinea, Malaysia, Philippines, and Seychelles. These initiatives reflect India's commitment to fostering diplomatic ties and supporting global food security initiatives.


The NCEL, serving as the conduit for these exports, is a multi-state cooperative society jointly promoted by prominent cooperative entities such as Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO), Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd (KRIBHCO), and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED).


As India continues to navigate the complexities of international trade and humanitarian aid, this move underscores its dedication to leveraging agricultural resources to support nations in need while ensuring the stability of its own food security infrastructure.

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