Tamil diaspora community urges Indian govt to revoke ban on rice exports

The Tamil diaspora community on Monday expressed deep concern over the ban on rice from India as they are grievously affected by the Union government’s decision. Notably, in South Indian states like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra, Telangana and Puducherry, rice is a staple diet item and with the ban on its export, the availability of parboiled rice has come down leading to the Tamil diaspora suffering with shortage of rice.

Global rice price index at highest since 2011 after India restricts exports

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) All Rice Price Index increased by 2.8% on the month and 19.7% on the year to reach its highest nominal level since September 2011, as India’s July 20 prohibition of non-parboiled Indica exports fostered expectations of greater sales in other origins, amplifying upward pressure already exerted on prices by seasonally tighter supplies and Asian purchases.

At ICAI meet, Minister Piyush Goyal tells Americans to “bear with” India’s rice ban

“The ban imposed by the government of India on the export of certain types of rice in July this year is “for the global good to ensure food safety for economically weaker sections of consumers” and also “to prevent traders from hoarding and blackmarketing rice,” said India’s commerce minister Piyush Goyal, while addressing a group of chartered accountants of ICAI from San Francisco. Goyal urged rice importers based in the US to “bear with” the Indian government’s calculated decision to put curbs on rice exports “for the larger good.”

Mani Krishnan of Shastha Foods: ‘No need for panic buying of rice’

India’s ban on the export of non-Basmati rice on July 20 has sent shockwaves among the rice-consuming community in the US. The sudden prohibition has led to a price rise and several stores across the country have begun limiting the number of rice bags one buys. The USA Rice Federation — the nation’s apex trade body on the foodgrain — believes the ban could impact as much as 80 percent of India’s rice exports and affect global food security. indica spoke to Mani Krishnan of Shastha Foods…

India bans export of non-basmati white rice

The Indian government on Thursday amended the rice export norms putting the non-basmati white rice in “prohibited” category. The export policy relating to non-basmati white rice (Semi-milled or wholly milled rice, whether or not polished or glazed: Other) has been revised from “free” to “prohibited” and it has come into force immediately, a Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) notification said.