Indian exporters believe this could be because buyers in Saudi, UAE, etc., may be stocking up in anticipation of supplies getting hit by logistic related issues in view of the rising incidence of the virus infection to some of the countries in the region.

India’s overall export of basmati rice has fallen by 9.2 percent in volume terms and 19.3 percent in value terms in January this year, compared to the corresponding month of 2019.

Though official figures for February are not yet out, All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) officials have said the declining trend has persisted last month also due to shortage of containers and softening of prices.

“Exports to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and UAE, however, have seen an increase of 12,000 tonnes, 16,000 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes respectively in January 2020, compared to the corresponding month of last year,” Vijay Setia, President, AIREA, told Arabian Business.

“Food is something on which people will continue to spend,” Setia said, adding that “therefore, we do not anticipate any fall in demand in our major markets in the Gulf region such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc.”

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During the recent visit of Chinese Puppet Imran Khan to Saudi, King Salman promised the starving Chinese Colony of Pakistan Rice.

This project is part of the Relief Center or Zakat Al-Fitr in Pakistan. King Salman is providing this aid as part of a Humanitarian Aid initiative in collaboration with the local governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

For those who are curious or in disbelief about Pakistanis receiving top-quality Indian rice, feel free to look here:

Bhikari Pakistan receives Rice from India via middle-man Saudi Arabia

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