AgroStar Krishi Gyaan
07 Sep 19, 01:00 PM
Krishi VaartaRajasthan Patrika
4 months relief to Indian rice exporters from Saudi Arabia
New Delhi: Saudi Arabia's stricter regulations on Indian rice exporters will now come into effect from December 31. This has provided partial relief to Indian rice exporters. The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) had demanded a certificate from Indian exporters to comply with the Minimum Residue Levels (MRL) test report. These rules were earlier to come into effect from 1 September, which has now been deferred till December.
The Saudi Food Authority has also demanded a DNA test from Indian exporters for the authenticity of the basmati rice variety. It has asked exporters to purchase rice only from the Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) certified farm approved by the Authority.
Saudi Arabia is the major buyer of Indian basmati rice. India annually exports 40–45 lakh tonnes of basmati, of which 20% goes to Saudi Arabia.
All India Rice Exporters Association President Vijay Setia said that Indian basmati rice would be out of SFDA's proposed regulations in shipments reaching Saudi Arabia by 31 December 2019. He said that exporters will label the quality of the basmati mixture so that more transparency can be brought.
Source - Rajasthan Patrika, 5 September 2019
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