Jordan ‘unaffected’ by India restricting rice exports — FTA

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AMMAN — President of Foodstuff Traders Association (FTA) Khalil Haj Tawfiq said India’s decision to restrict exports of some rice varieties will not affect the Kingdom, as Jordanian traders do not import the restricted types, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

He said in a statement Saturday that India took the decision two days ago to ban export of various rice varieties and impose export duties on other types, which does not include the so-called “Basmati” rice imported by the Kingdom.

The export ban will not affect rice availability in the Jordanian market, neither hike its prices, he said. He stressed that the Kingdom only imports ‘Basmati” rice varieties from India.

The decision mainly targets broken (fragmented) rice and non-Basmati types, which are not imported by Jordanian traders and sold in the Indian market. Some is exported to African countries due to its low price, according to Haj Tawfiq.

Additionally, he said that 75 percent of the Kingdom’s rice consumption is concentrated in the medium-grain variety, which is imported from the US and EU. 

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