Ludhiana: Dhuri-based A P Organics, a Ricela Group company has been conferred with the ‘First Award’ for being the highest exporter of refined rice bran oil during the year 2015-16. Ricela Health Foods Limited, the flagship Company of the Group has also been conferred with the ‘First Award’ for being the highest producer of refined rice bran oil during the year 2015-16. The company has been winning this Award for the past 16 years consecutively. The company has also been conferred with the ‘First Award’ for being the highest processor of rice bran during 2015-16.
Dr A R Sharma, Chairman of Ricela Group received these awards from the hands of G S Sahu, Chief Director (Sugar and Vegetable Oil), Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, New Delhi and Dorab Mistry, Director, Godrej International Limited, London at 45th SEA Annual General Meeting and Award Ceremony held at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bambolim, north Goa. India would be importing about 15 million tones of various kinds of vegetable oils during the current oil year ending October, valued at over Rs 75,000 crore, which is the third largest import bill after Petroleum and Gold. And at the
same time, edible oil produced by the Ricela Group based at a small town of Dhuri in Punjab is being exported to over 25 countries across the globe including developed countries like USA, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Britain etc., thanks to the liberalisation of exports by the Central Government since August, 2015, said Dr Sharma.
He further informed that even, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, while addressing a mega farmers rally at Bargarh in Odishaon February 21,
advocated setting up of units in each district of
Odisha for the production of edible grade Rice Bran Oil so as to benefit the farmers through value addition and assured to provide financial and technological support to the start-ups. Narendra Modi highlighted that rice bran oil nowadays is believed to be the best edible oil worldover.
If any oil is exported in large quantities from India at very high prices, it is Rice Bran oil. Dr Sharma added that he feels proud that his organization is the winner of First Award for being the highest exporter of refined rice bran oil whereas no other organization could qualify even the basic eligibility criteria for the Second Award.
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