The Government of India has reinstated the export of 75,000 tonnes of non-basmati white rice to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Notably, this export to the UAE will be executed exclusively through the National Cooperatives Exports Limited (NCEL), as confirmed by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a statement issued on Monday.
This decision marks a significant development, particularly in light of India’s earlier restrictions on non-basmati white rice exports, which were implemented to bolster domestic supply amid concerns over rising inflation and the unpredictability of the monsoon season.
Furthermore, this export of non-basmati rice aligns with the Indian government’s commitment to support vulnerable nations by fulfilling their food security requirements through grain exports.
The resumption of non-basmati white rice exports to the UAE is expected to strengthen trade ties between India and the UAE while simultaneously meeting the food security needs of the UAE. It underscores the Indian government’s proactive approach to addressing the concerns of vulnerable nations by making essential food grains more accessible, even in the face of domestic considerations.
This development reflects India’s willingness to navigate the delicate balance between safeguarding domestic interests and contributing to global food security. As the Indian agricultural sector continues to adapt to evolving challenges, such decisions play a crucial role in supporting international food supply chains and fostering international cooperation in times of need.
The partnership between India and the UAE in the realm of agricultural trade serves as a testament to the enduring ties between the two nations and their commitment to ensuring food stability, both regionally and globally.