Rice exports jump 52% in Apr-May

Non-basmati rice exports are seen rebounding this calendar year as the shipments have begun on a robust observe registering above 52 per cent progress in the initially two months of the present economical calendar year.

Powerful need from classic buyers in Africa and probably worry buying by some nations even as the Covid-19 pandemic tightened its grip throughout the environment through this period of time fuelled the rice shipments, exporters claimed.

Shipments through April-Could this calendar year stood at 11.13 lakh tonnes as against 7.3 lakh in the very same period of time last calendar year, in accordance to DGCIS’ most recent figures. In benefit conditions, the exports were being up sixty three per cent at ₹3,429 crore as in contrast to ₹2,097 crore. In dollar benefit, the shipments were being up 56 per cent at $452 million as in contrast to $289 million recorded in the very same period of time last calendar year.

“There is a rebound in exports of non-basmati rice,” claimed BV Krishna Rao, President, The Rice Exporters Association. Rao attributed the spurt in shipments to the rebound in need from classic buyers in the African region and also to the components these kinds of as favourable forex, the availability shares and aggressive pricing of the Indian cereal.

Advancement in cargo

“Countries could have bought additional rice through this period of time to safe their food materials as the Covid-19 pandemic was tightening its gripped about the environment. These types of worry buying could be attributed to about 10 per cent progress in shipments through this period of time,” Rao claimed.

Apart from African nations and Nepal, the non-basmati rice shipments has picked up in Malaysia, Philippines and Russia, amongst other nations.

India, the 2nd-premier producer of rice, has been the premier exporter of the cereal soon after shipments of non-basmati were being authorized from 2011. Having said that, the non-basmati rice shipments had witnessed a decline in the earlier two yrs soon after the Indian cereal had turned high priced. Having said that, with Asian players these kinds of as Thailand and Vietnam facing source issues, Indian rice has turned aggressive in new months. “We are at least 10 per cent reduce than Thai parboiled rice,” Rao claimed, incorporating that if need from Bangladesh picks up, the shipments could increase to 2017-eighteen stages.


The continual progress in rice creation has been aiding the exports. From about ninety six million tonnes in 2010-11, rice creation is seen touching an all-time high of 117.ninety four million tonnes in 2019-20. In the ongoing kharif time, rice planting has been better by seventeen per cent at 321 lakh ha till August 7.

The basmati shipments through April-Could were being marginally up in volumes at eight.seventy four lakh tonnes (eight.sixty four lakh tonnes in the very same period of time last calendar year). Having said that, in benefit conditions, the shipments registered a decline at ₹5,970 crore (₹6,488 crore) because of to weak pricing.