Complaints about low standard of rice



KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has received complaints from SME rice exporters of low standard supplies from rice millers and held the big corporations responsible for relaxing buying standards at their purchase points and spoiling the supply chain. President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the big corporations are behaving like a Rice Export Corporation of Pakistan (RECP) and are purchasing paddy and rice without adhering to strict buying requirements and encouraging the farmers and millers to add contrast varieties deliberately on the pretext of farm mixtures. He said besides their own easy buying methods even their procurement staff accepts gratification to relax the standards. He lamented that the big corporations are doing business with either public money or borrowed funds from donors and not very particular to buy their money’s worth unlike the SMEs who check the goods at every stage. On the other hand the SME rice exporters are very particular to ensure that they get the standard rice grains as they feel the pinch for every lost penny but because of the liberal and relaxed buying pattern of the big corporations the habit of the millers and farmers is getting spoilt and they are not bothered about supplying to the SMEs as they have ready buyers for their below standard rice. 

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