Pakistan being an agro-based economy has natural abundance of various agricultural products including food grains of which rice is an important food and cash crop cultivated on about 2.5 million hectares representing over 11% of the total cropped area (food grains) in Pakistan. The importance of rice trade in Pakistan can be judged by its significant contribution in achieving the export targets of Pakistan by being the second largest export commodity after textile and placing Pakistan in the top 5 rice exporting countries of the World. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) is the 2nd largest export trade body registered with Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan having more than 1500 members throughout Pakistan.
Rice is grown in all provinces of Pakistan under diverse agro-climatic conditions. The average yield of rice is comparatively low. Three is a need to improve the yields through evolving high yielding varieties and improving production technologies. Rice Production has been fluctuating around 6.0 to 7.0 Million tons since last several years. Due to the lack of technical knowledge to our rice growers and farmers, average rice yield in Pakistan is comparatively low and needs to increase in order to sustain food security and maintain our market share in rice buying countries.
Basmati rice is the premium long grain variety of rice and very much liked around the globe due to its flavour and aroma. It is grown exclusively in major parts of Punjab and also in some districts of Sindh province.
REAP always strive to make a better coordination among all the stake holders, such as Growers, Millers, Traders and Exporters of Rice sector to show strength, unity and understanding in the larger interest of the country as well as Rice cultivation and trade. REAP is also optimistic to create awareness to the rice farmers for obtaining the maximum productivity with the support and cooperation of Agricultural Departments of Federal as well as Provincial Governments.
DATA OF RICE EXPORT
JULY 2012 TO JUNE 2013
QUANTITY (M/Tons) VALUE (US$)
BASMATI 630,035 626,691,715
NON-BASMATI 2,858,978 1,210,894,760
TOTAL 3,489,013 1,837,586,475
JULY 2013 TO JUNE 2014
QUANTITY (M/Tons) VALUE (US$)
BASMATI 733,860 846,240,671
NON-BASMATI 2,627,899 1,051,579,599
TOTAL 3,361,759 1,897,820,270
I salute REAP members for their remarkable performance despite global recession and international financial crunch; they have made it possible to achieve a historic mile stone, which will be an example for our future trade players. The driving force behind this tremendous leap is the privatization of rice trade, in a very short span of time of a decade; we have increased the country’s rice exports from mere US$ 300 Million to $2.0 Billion. I am very optimistic that with the better marketing strategy and through value addition, we will soon achieve our dream of US$.4.0 Billion in next few years.
REAP members have put huge investment in upgrading their infrastructure by adopting latest technologies and installing world’s modern rice plants in their Rice Mills and as a result of such efforts, we are standing on this stage to be the World’s 3rd Largest Rice Exporting Country despite the fact that Pakistan is 12th Largest Rice Producing Country.
I extend my sincere appreciations to Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) for their support and cooperation as well as my leadership, particularly Mr. Abdul Rahim Janoo, Chairman Ruling Group of REAP for the guidance and involvement in the matters of rice export trade in the larger interest of our beloved country Pakistan.