New Delhi, Sep 09, 2022, IANS
Centre bans rice export
New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) The Central government has banned the export of broken rice with effect from Friday.
The decision comes immediately after a 20 per cent export duty was levied on various grades of rice, which also came to force on Friday.
According to a notification issued by the Union Commerce Ministry, the export policy on broken rice has been amended from "free" to "prohibited".
However between September 9-15 those consignments of rice where loading has already started and shipping bills have been filed, and vessels have either berthed or arrived and where consignments have been handed over to customs, would be exempted from the ban.
The ban on export of broken rice as well as export duty levy on various grades of rice have been imposed due to poor rainfall received in major rice producing states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, this season.
As a result of deficient rainfall in these areas, it is expected that low cultivation of paddy may result in low yield and this may lead to rise in prices of rice.
In May, the Centre had banned wheat export to address supply issues domestically and control prices.
Owing to poor rain in major rice producing states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, the Centre on Thursday imposed 20 per cent duty on export of various grades of rice.
According to a Finance Ministry notification, 20 per cent export duty on rice in husk, husked rice and milled rice has been imposed which would be applicable from September 9.
The move would help rein in prices of rice across the country.
The decision to impose 20 per cent export duty on rice comes after wheat exports were banned in May.
Inadequate rainfall in rice producing states has raised concerns of poor output, which has led to the imposition of export duty on the commodity.