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Central government bans export of broken rice

10 September 2022, New Delhi: The central government has banned the export of broken rice from India with immediate effect. Broken rice is majorly used for animal feed and ethanol production. The ban has been implemented to save the it for local demand and keeping in view the production of rice. An export duty of 20% has also been imposed on non basmati rice.

As of now 393 lakh hectares of paddy has been sown which is about 5% less than last year. The total targeted acreage for paddy in Kharif 2022 as per the Ministry of Agriculture is 415.8 lakh hectare.

Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) Sudhanshu Pandey said, “The reason to ban export is done to  ensure adequate availability of broken rice for consumption by domestic poultry industry and for other animal feedstock. Another reason is to produce ethanol for successful implementation of Ethanol Blending Programme.”

Other recent bans

Earlier, on 13 May 2022, the Government of India had banned the export of durum wheat with immediate effect, citing food security issues. After the ban on the export of wheat, in the last week of August the government has banned the export of wheat flour, maida, semolina and wholemeal flour to control the rising prices in the domestic market.

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