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China has agreed to import rice, non-basmati and basmati varieties, from 17 registered mills in India ensuring market access for Indian products in that country.China is the world’s largest rice importer.

China agrees import NPPO approved rice from 17 mills in India

China Agrees Import NPPO Approved Rice from 17 Mills in India

China agrees import NPPO approved rice from 17 mills in India

Main Highlights

  • India repeatedly sought market access for items including non-basmati rice, pharmaceuticals and many fruits and vegetables, citing widening goods trade deficit with China.
  • India’s trade deficit with China has ballooned from $1.1 billion in 2003-04 to $52.7 billion in 2015-16.
  • Beijing was resisting market access to India’s non-basmati rice arguing that it failed to meet Chinese norms on quality, health, and safety.
  • Chinese consumers might find it hard to adapt to Indian grain- they might prefer fragrant, glutinous and sticky jasmine rice from Thailand and Vietnam over the aromatic basmati.
  • Chinese officials finally visited India in September to inspect 19 rice mills registered with the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO).
  • Mills in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Mandatory that Indian rice exporters be registered with NPPO, the Indian government agency for inspecting the mills and granting certificates on plant health for export purposes.
  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Indian Commerce Ministry was also involved.
  • Indian embassy in Beijing informed Commerce Ministry that Chinese authorities, cleared 17 of these 19 mills.
  • Importing wheat from India is also a strong possibility. China currently buys mainly from the US, Canada and Australia.

About APEDA

  • Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December 1985 established the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
  • APEDA in agro potential states of India provides services to agricultural-export community through its head office, 5 regional offices, and 13 virtual offices.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 23, 2016

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