Chandigarh, August 30, 2023: As per media reports Punjab Congress slamed the BJP-led Union government’s decision to curb the basmati export.
Terming the Government decision an anti-farmer step, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday urged the Union government to reconsider its decision.
“With such a stringent order, it is not only basmati growers, but also the exporters who will suffer the jolt,” Opposition leader Bajwa added.
The Union Government on August 27, banning the export of Basmati rice valued at less than $1,200 per metric tonne (MT), the Union government on August 28 ensured additional safeguards for its export ban on non-Basmati white rice (by misclassifying it as Basmati rice).
In September 2022, the Centre had banned exports of broken rice. In August 2023, the Centre imposed 20% export duty on par-boiled non-basmati rice. There have been reports that such curbs have impacted rice growers farmers.