China agreed to import rice from 17 NPPO registered Indian mills

China agreed to import rice from 17 NPPO registered Indian mills

China made a deal with India to import rice in very large amount. China will purchase non basmati and basmati rice varieties from 17 Indian registered rice mills.

These registered mills are located in UP, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.

This agreement is one of the biggest success for India to do business with China with our products. Because China is the largest rice importer in the world.china-agreed-to-import

What is the Problem?

India had continuously tried to obtain market access for Indian products to expand the goods trade deficit with China.

The products included pharmaceuticals, non-baasmati rice and many vegetables and fruits among others.

But, China had not given market access to India’s non-baasmati rice. China claimed that non-baasmati rice failed to meet Chinese terms on quality, safety and health standards.

China’s apprehensions included the possibility of the cabinet beetle (or Khapra beetle) pest getting transported along with Indian non-basmati rice consignments to China.

China’s rejection to Indian rice export was seen more political in nature than anything else as it imports non-basmati rice from its close friend Pakistan.

India’s goods trade deficit with China has ballooned to $52.7 billion in 2015-16 from $1.1 billion in 2003-04.

After many requests from Indian site, Officials of China visited 19 rice mills in India which are registered with NPPO (National Plant Protection Organization).

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