ASIA India rice exports could hit 7-year low on weak demand, higher prices – industry

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India’s rice exports are prone to fall to their lowest stage in seven years, trade officials say, as weak demand from African international locations weighs and shippers take in the absence of government incentives that supported previous sales. Lower shipments from India will assist rivals akin to Vietnam and Myanmar in raising their exports, in step with Indian exporters, but could additionally drive Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s govt to increase purchasing from farmers, even because it struggles to liquidate final yr’s shares.

“Inventories have been piled up in Africa,” stated Nitin Gupta, vice chairman for Olam India’s rice industry. “A lot of Indian demand has been diverted to Myanmar and China as Indian prices are out of parity.”

The south Asian country could export 10 to 11 million tonnes of rice within the fiscal year 2019/20 that began on April 1, Gupta stated.
India exported 11.95 million tonnes of rice in 2018/19 thru March 31, down 7.2% from the previous 12 months, even though the rustic equipped incentives for exports of non-basmati rice for four months.

The nation exports non-basmati rice to principally Bangladesh, Nepal, Benin and Senegal, and premier basmati rice to Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. In basmati rice exports, India competes with Pakistan, while in non-basmati rice exports rivals are Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.

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The govt incentives for exports were temporary and discontinued on March 25, stated B V Krishna Rao, president of the Rice Exporters Association (REA). “The incentive needs to be restored quickly,” he mentioned, “otherwise there could be huge drop in the exports this year.”

India’s rice exports in April-May fell 30% from a year in the past to one.58 million tonnes as shipments of non-basmati rice fell greater than 50% to 711,837 tonnes, in step with information compiled by way of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority.
Shipments of white rice from India have nearly stopped altogether as Vietnam and Myanmar are offering more than $30 in line with tonne cut price over Indian costs, said Gupta.

In parboiled rice, India has been trying to compete with Thailand however couldn’t scale back export costs because of higher paddy, or unhusked rice, prices, mentioned Himanshu Agarwal, govt director at Satyam Balajee, India’s biggest rice exporter.

Paddy buying by central and state governments have lifted costs in the open market, making it difficult for exporters to compete profitably in the world market, mentioned Agarwal.

The central state of Chhattisgarh, a number one rice producer, raised the minimal paddy purchasing value to 2,500 rupees ($36.20) in step with 100 kg in 2018, from 1,750 rupees – a 43% jump.
Indian exporters mentioned the competitive liquidation of old shares by way of China, the arena’s largest rice producer, has also hit Indian exports.

“China is exporting a huge amount of old rice to African markets. Africa being a major client, volumes have significantly dropped from India,” mentioned Agarwal.

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