APEDA Delegation Visits Lran to Boost Exports Opportunities in Basmati Rice
NEW DELHI: Trade delegation of 20 member led by Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) visited Iran from January 28-30, 2017. The main purpose of the visit related to promotion of export of rice since Iran is one of the largest importers of Basmati rice from India.
About 250 people participated in the sales promotion event held at Hotel Espinas Palace, Tehran. Participants included importers, inspection agencies and Government officials from Food and Drug Organisation (FDO) etc.
The delegation met various departments in the Government of Iran including Food and Drug Organisation, Governmental Trading Corporation and Trade Promotion Organisation. Meetings were also held with Iran Chamber of Commerce and Rice Importers Association.
The deliberations helped to dispel the negative publicity which appeared in some part of Iran media causing doubts about the health and safety of rice from India. Government of Iran may soon issue the notification about resumption of issuance of permits for import of rice. To supplement domestic production of about 2 million MT, Iran imports about 1 million MT of rice every year out of which about 7 lakh MT is exported from India.