Rice shipment flagged off from Kakinada deep-water port

The Samikhsya Correspondent

HYDERABAD: In a major boost to India’s rice exports potential, a consignment has been shipped from the Kakinada deep-water port. Andhra Pradesh government had granted approval for use of Kakinada deep-water port for rice exports as adjourning anchorage port was facing congestion.

A shipment of one of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA)’s member exporter M/S Satyam Balajee Rice Industries Pvt Ltd (produced, sourced and processed at Chhattisgarh) from the Kakinada deep-water port was shipped on Friday.

APEDA, which registers and supervises rice exports, had communicated to the Andhra Pradesh government to let exporters use the Kakinada deep-water port.

The use of the Kakinada deep-water port, under the control of the Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board, will help in boosting India’s rice exports potential.

The Kakinada anchorage port has been facing congestion problems, especially in shipping rice, as demand for rice from India has seen sharp spike especially in the current financial year. The Rice Exporters Association, Kakinada had also made a similar request to the Andhra Pradesh government.

India’s exports of cereals – rice, wheat and coarse cereals witnessed an impressive rise during the first three quarters of 2020-21 financial year.