Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday requested the Centre to permit export of additional 15 lakh MT of rice from Andhra Pradesh to other countries through normal trade channels. He said permission to export would enable disposing off the rice held in the State and the millers would be ready to commence paddy purchases immediately for the ensuing Kharif season of 2011-12.
In separate letters written to Union Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee and Union Food Minister Prof K.V.Thomas, the Chief Minister requested them to consider the export of 15 Lakh MT of rice so that the millers could clear the stocks on hand and could purchase the paddy from the farmers and the farmers in turn would get the remunerative price for their produce. He assured permitting rice exports would not result in any shortage of rice either for PDS or in the open market, he said. It may be recalled here that the Centre has allowed export of 10 lakh MT of non-basmati rice on Chief Minister’s request.
“I would like to bring to your notice that the rice production in Andhra Pradesh in 2010-11 is 143 lakh MT which is 33% higher than last year and new arrivals are expected from the last week of October, 2011,” the Chief Minister said. As you are aware, the godowns of the FCI are full with rice and there appears to be no scope to accept any further levy rice from the rice millers unless either additional godowns are taken on hire or the movement to other States is increased, which, in the present circumstances, appears to be not feasible. The millers are holding huge stocks of rice awaiting delivery to the FCI besides substantial quantity of levy-free rice, he added. (INN)