Chandigarh. February 25
HARYANA COOPERATION Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha today said Hafed recently exported 240-MT brown Basmati rice valuing Rs 1.55 crore to the United Kingdom. This was the second consignment of Hafed Basmati rice to the UK markets, he added. Prior to this, 240-MT Basmati rice valuing Rs 1.25 crore was exported in December 2008.
Chatha said the Federation was now expecting to get regular orders of rice import from UK.
He said Hafed was also exporting Basmati rice to Australia since June 2007. Besides this, 550-MT Pusa Basmati rice was exported to Saudi Arabia during the current financial year.
To meet out the export demand and make its presence in the international market, Hafed has purchased substantial quantity of Basmati paddy in the current year from the state mandis. To ensure genetic purity of the world famous Taraori Basmati, Hafed undertook contract farming of Basmati paddy in Karnal, Kurukshetra and Kaithal.