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Pakistan forms 15pc of global rice exports

January 25, 2014

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Pakistan is exporting 70 percent of its rice production to various countries and it is 15pc of total world exports of the commodity, said Masood Iqbal , the chairman of Rice Export Association of Pakistan . Flanked by some rice exporters, he was briefing a delegation of Russian traders and importers at a rice mills here about the produce in Pakistan . Iqbal said that Pakistan is an agricultural country and rice is its third largest agricultural product after cotton and wheat. Pakistanís rice is exported to a number of countries including Middle East , Europe and America, he said. Masood also said that REAP was the representative body of 1,500 rice exporters across the four provinces whose collective rice export was of 2 billion dollars in the last four years. ĒAnnual rice production of the country is 6.5 million tonnes out of which approximately 4.5 million tonnes is exported and it is about 70% of total domestic production. Pakistan is 4th largest exporter of rice whose share in international exports is 15%,ď he said. On the occasion, the Russian traders said that rice is important part of Russian food and lionís share of rice required by their country is imported from Pakistan . The rice imports from Pakistan in 2010-11 were 32,449 metric tonnes; in 2011-12, 34,420 metric tonnes and in 2012-13 were 27,206 metric tonnes, they said. The delegation also witnessed preparation and packaging of rice and quality control units. They vowed to increase rice imports from Pakistan and hoped that Pakistan would not compromise on quality and standard of production. An honorary shield was given to the Russian delegation at mills.

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Source: Nation (Pakistan)

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