Top Interesting facts about Indian Basmati rice production and export

Basmati rice is native to India and its production in India is going on for ages. This long grain rice is known for its trademark aroma and out of this world taste. Aromatic chemicals found in basmati rice is similar to that found in cheese and fruits and concentration of this aromatic chemical present in basmati rice is about twelve times more than non-basmati rice varieties, such is the extent to which aromatic chemicals are present in basmati rice. About 70% of total basmati rice produced in this world is produced in India. Such share in production pie of any agro commodity in itself is rare and very interesting facts. Interesting facts about basmati rice production in India is as follows:

Very limited cultivation within India

Cultivated in north India only and completely absent from south India.

Not cultivated in Bengal, Bihar and Assam, top producers of rice in India. Climatic conditions not suitable for basmati cultivation in these areas.

Cultivated in northern states of Punjab, Haryana and western part of Uttar Pradesh outside Himalayan region.

Cultivated in foothills of Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and union territory of J and K.

Export destinations

UAE – UAE being the largest re-exporter of Indian basmati is one of the biggest importers naturally. Tens of thousands of basmati rice importers from UAE preferring to buy basmati rice online have registered themselves on B2B procurement platform popularly known as rice B2B. This platform used by UAE importers to buy organic basmati rice too. Buyers from all seven emirates of UAE (Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras al khaimah). UAE has seen a recent surge in demand for Indian basmati rice. Main reason for that is a rumor. When Indian government banned wheat export rumors started floating in air about impending ban on rice exports too. This fueled demand for basmati rice in UAE. UAE buyers started offering premium over already hefty basmati prices in global market and Indian basmati rice exporters earned windfall gains.    

Saudi Arabia- Saudi Arabia is another big importer of Indian basmati rice. Basmati rice export from India to Saudi Arabia has been falling constantly. Saudi Arabia is a traditional market of Indian basmati rice and every variety of basmati is consumed there. Some of the varieties of Indian basmati popular in Saudi Arabia are:

1121 basmati rice-

This is an extra-long variety of basmati rice exhibiting trademark aroma of basmati to the fullest. It is highly admired in Saudi Arabia. Among all aromatic rice varieties, this variety stands out. Bulk buying and selling of this variety of basmati rice is made possible by B2B marketplace more famously known as rice B2B. Indian basmati rice exporters interested in selling this variety of basmati rice to Saudi Arabia sellers can register on To get access to huge database of tens of thousands of buyers registered on its platform.   

Pusa basmati 1509 rice-

As this is one of the most admired varieties in Saudi Arabia; basmati rice importers procure this variety in bulk. This semi-dwarf variety mostly produced in India and inarguably takes shortest duration for maturity among all varieties of basmati rice. This is a semi-dwarf variety and needs shortest duration for maturity among varieties of basmati rice. Buyers from Saudi Arabia can have full faith in enquiry to delivery B2B procurement platform for deal closing best prices.

Sugandha basmati rice-

This parboiled long grain basmati rice variety boasts of exotic aroma at the time of cooking, that very much sums up its identity. This highly popular variety in Saudi Arabia can imported into Saudi Arabia from India using B2B marketplace. Tens of thousands of buyers and sellers registered on this B2B platform can concur on deals using this platform.

Sella basmati rice- Fragrance of this long grain partially boiled basmati rice variety spread across. Saudi Arabia and is quite appropriate for biryani. Rice importers from Saudi Arabia can depend on Next generation agro commodities B2B platform for buying this variety of basmati rice from India.

European Union-

Anticipated CAGR of 3.2 % between 2017 and 2023. (in basmati rice market of Europe) bound to make Indian basmati rice exporters elated as major portion of this growth will do good to india. Which produces 70% of total basmati rice produced on this earth. Although rice has never been staple food in Europe. But now it has very much become a leading developing market for basmati rice. Fragrance of basmati rice is gripping Europeans also and demand for this long grain aromatic rice is growing. In 2016 European basmati rice market more or less meant United Kingdom but lately demand for basmati rice is growing in countries like Netherlands and Germany. Europe’s strict norms related to trycyclazole fungicide is the only worry for Indian basmati rice. Exporters as it can retard growth of export of Indian basmati rice to EU nations.

Latin America-

Latin America is newest destination for Indian basmati rice exporters to sell their premium product. New horizons always explored for business and Indian basmati rice exporters have been also doing that. In the course of their exploration they have bumped into Latin America rice market, which has always dominated by rice from USA. Latin American countries import rice from US in bulk but now they have started taking Indian basmati rice mar India’s requirement is to look beyond established basmati rice market as basmati rice is losing its importance in agro commodities export basket quick and fast. Latin American rice market needs to targeted by Indian basmati rice exporters.  

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