First consignments of Assam’s ‘red rice’ flagged off to the USA
GUWAHATI: Assam’s ‘red rice’ makes it to the United States of America (USA) on Thursday as India sent the first consignment of ‘red rice’ to the USA.
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Chairman M Angamuthu flagged off the export consignments.
Iron-rich ‘red rice’ is grown in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam, without the use of any chemical fertilizer. The rice variety is referred as ‘Bao-dhaan’, an integral part of food in this part of the world.
APEDA, which comes under the department of commerce of the ministry of commerce and industry, has been promoting rice exports through collaborations with various stakeholders.
“The government had set up the Rice Export Promotion Forum (REPF), under the aegis of the APEDA. REPF has representations from the rice industry, exporters, officials from APEDA, the ministry of commerce and directors of agriculture from major rice-producing states including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Odisha,” said an official communiqué from APEDA.
The exports of non-Basmati witnessed a growth of 125 percent in Rupee terms and 115 percent Dollar terms, the statement added.
The non-basmati rice exports were Rs 26,058 crore (3506 US$ Million) during April-January, 2021 against Rs 11,543 crore (1627US$ Million) reported during April-January, 2020 period.