What is Rice Bran?

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The Central Government has extended the ban on exports of de-oiled rice bran by another four months, according to an official notification put out by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) recently.

About Rice Bran

  • It is one of the main byproducts in the process of rice milling.
  • It is the outer brown layer of brown rice and is separated during the milling process.
  • One hundred kilogram (100 kg) of paddy rice will generate approximately 5−10 kg of bran.
  • The bran fraction contains 14-18% oil. 
    • Rice bran oil is popular as a "healthy oil" in Japan, Asia, and particularly India.
    • It is a pale yellow, odourless, nutty-flavoured oil with a sweet taste. 
    • It is a good source of unsaturated fats, vitamin E, and other important nutrients. 
  • The nutrient composition of rice bran depends on the rice variety and the efficiency of the milling system. 
  • It is currently mostly used as animal feed. The oily nature makes bran an excellent binder for animal feeds. 
  • Health Effects:
    • It has anti-diabetic, lipid-lowering, hypotensive, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects, while its consumption also improves bowel function.
    • It contains substances that might decrease how much cholesterol the body absorbs.
    • It might also decrease calcium absorption, which might help prevent certain types of kidney stones from forming.

Q1) What is the Directorate General of Foreign Trade?

This Directorate, with headquarters at New Delhi, is responsible for formulating and implementing the Foreign Trade Policy with the main objective of promoting India's exports. The DGFT also issues scripts/authorization to exporters and monitors their corresponding obligations through a network of 24 regional offices.

Source: India extends ban on de-oiled rice bran export by four months