India Queen Basmati RiceThe President of Rice Exporter Association of Pakistan, Rafique Suleman has demanded an immediate grant of 26 billion from Federal government in share of “Export Development Funds” and for the establishment of Rice Technical Institute while addressing 7th Rice Export Trophy Programme, organized by REAP in a local hotel here on Tuesday.

He also demanded government to allot free land for the establishment of Rice Technical Institute.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, Federal Minister for Commerce & Textile Khurram Dastagir, Senior Vice-President FPCCI Abdul Rahim Janoo and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the meeting, president of REAP warned the participant that it wouldn’t be possible for the country to achieve its rice export target of $4 billion, if proper attention on research technology of sowing new rice crops could not be paid timely.

Commenting on the previous government, he said that the government was not serious for the Pakistani rice export, exploring new rice market for Pakistani rice so it is advised to present government to take effective steps in order to restore the confidence of exporters on the polices of the present government and to give a new identity to exporters of rice who are facing hardships in order to export their products into international markets.

Rafique Suleman also stressed upon releasing an amount of Rs 136 billion in share of “Export Development Funds” (EDF) and invest in exporters, so that the exports of the country could be increased at some extent.

Rafique also said to the participant that Kenya, one of the buyers of Pakistani Rice has increased import duty on Pakistani rice from $110 per ton to $ 200 per ton which has declined Pakistani rice export to Kenya from 12000 to 3000 tones.

Chairman REAP further said that the rice industry in Pakistan is facing lots of crises and there is an immediate need to pay attention of the authorities concerned in order to boost the exports of the country.

On the occasion, he further urged the President of Pakistan and Prime Minister to take the office-bearers of Rice Exporters’ Association (REAP) on board on their foreign trips, so that the export of rice could be bolster.

At the end of meeting President Mamnoon Hussain, Federal Minister for Commerce & Textile Khurram Dastagir assured the REAP that they will take the necessary steps to boost the rice export and to resolve the issues rice industry is facing