India extends rice stock limit by one year: Govt

India extends rice stock limit by one year: Govt

NEW DELHI - India, the world's second biggest rice producer, has decided to extend by one year the stock holding limit on the grain to check any rise in prices on account of hoarding of the essential food item, a government statement said on Friday.

The extension will be valid until Nov. 30, 2014.

The government will continue to exempt rice exporters from the stock holding limit, traders said.

The South Asian country surpassed Thailand and Vietnam to become the leading exporter of rice in 2012, when it sold around 10 million tonnes of the grain in the overseas market.

On Friday, Indian common rice varieties were quoted at $390-$420 (S$489-S$527) per tonne free-on-board, while aromatic basmati variety was quoted at around $1,515 (S$1901) a tonne, traders said.

India produced 104 million tonnes rice in 2012/13, enough to cover demand from its around 1.2 billion population.

India has been selling rice in the overseas markets without any curbs for the past three years as successive bumper harvest swelled stocks.

On Nov. 1, its rice stocks stood at 17 million tonnes, more than three times the target in the quarter to December.

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