The All India Rice Exporters’ Association (AIREA) is the Apex Trade body of rice exporters of India. It has been constantly serving the rice trade since its inception in 1989.
Rice is staple food for half of the world’s population and 90% of global rice production is in India and other Asian countries. India is the second largest producer of rice after China. Its current production is in the vicinity of 115 million MTs annually. India has attained this stature post green revolution of 70’s and over the years through infusion of latest technologies and improvised agronomic practices, yields have also improved. Today India is net exporter of rice after meeting its domestic consumption demand and buffer stock norms. While non basmati rice is cultivated across states in the country, Basmati rice as a Geographical Indication (GI) product is grown only under the foothills of Himalayas encompassing the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi , Western Uttar Pradesh and three districts of J&K falling in the Jammu Division.
India’s export of rice has also been showing progressive increase over the years and during 2018-19 a total quantity of 12.01 million tonnes of rice (both Basmati as well as Non Basmati) was exported from India. This comprised of 4.41 m tonnes of Basmati valued at Rs 32,804 Cr ($ 4,722 m) and Non Basmati rice 7.59 m tonnes valued at Rs 21,185 Cr ($ 3,047 m).
AIREA facilitiates its member exporters in liaison with various State and Central Government agencies in regard to various trade issues and policy matters. It maintains close liaison with The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Comemrce, Ministry of Agriculture, National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) and state Agriculture Departments etc. AIREA helps exporters with market intelligence, market leads , regulatory issues and participation in various exhibitions, trade fairs in India and overseas.
AIREA also assists the Government of India in framing rice related policies in the best interest of trade and the country.