Govt partially lifts ban on export of non-Basmati rice

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New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) The government today partially lifted the ban on the export of non-Basmati rice.

Superior quality non-Basmati rice, costing more than 425 dollars a tonne, would now be allowed for export, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.

The details of the decision, which was intimated to the Cabinet at its meeting today, would be given later in the day, he said.

The move follows resentment among paddy growers who are opposed to the blanket ban on non-Basmati rice exports and the lower minimum support price (MSP) for paddy as compared to wheat.

The lifting of the ban partially would not affect the supply of rice to the public distribution system (PDS), Mr Dasmunsi said.

The move was also aimed at ensuring remunerative prices for paddy growers and checking any steep fall in rice prices in the local market to the detriment of farmers, he said.


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