The Indian government has exported 13 percent of boiled rice and five percent of broken rice to other countries. But the agricultural minister Piyush Goyal says there are sanctions from World Trade Organisation (WTO).
According to figures released by the central government, in 2020-2021, the Indian government exported 1.30 crore tonnes of non-basmati rice of which 12.99 percent are boiled rice. Its worth was Rs 35.476 crore. Similarly, from 2021-2022 to October, the government exported 96 lakh tonnes of rice worth Rs 25.582 crore.
If Piyush Goyal’s statement is correct that there are sanctions of WTO, how these exports were done? There is no answer.
In 2020-2021, of the non-basmati rice exported, boiled rice accounted for 12.99 percent and broken rice accounted for 5.27 percent and other rice was 3.65 percent.
If there was such great demand and possibility of export of rice, why the central government is lying to Telangana government and its leaders without assigning any reason? Why they are very hostile to TRS government?
The central government itself said that when compared to exports, more than non-basmati rice, there is great demand for boiled rice. The figures released by the central government said that in 2020-2021, a total of 17.72 million tonnes of rice worth Rs 65,325 crore were exported. Of which non-basmati rice was 13.09 million and basmati was just 4.63 million tonnes. The value of basmati rice was Rs 29,849 crore while non-basmati rice value was Rs 35,476 crore.
The controversial and derogatory remarks by Piyush Goyal and the indifferent attitude of Prime Minister Mr Modi have created a kind of unrest in Telangana state. Their intentions seem to be very clear that they decided to disturb the ruling TRS government and distance the farmers from the government.
Of course, Telangana people are shrewd and will not fall into the trap of BJP designs.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao