KARACHI - The total rice export has crossed, for the first time, the figure of $2.044 billion during the period from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009, in which the share of Basmati rice was US$1.018 billion and non-Basmati was US$1.025 billion. The release issued by Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan stated that the total exports of rice to 90 countries of the world from Pakistan has crossed US$2.044 billion for the first time in the history of the rice export. The total quantity was 2,930,061 million tonnes which included 924,358 million tonnes of Basmati and 2,005,703 million tonnes of non-basmati, while the break-up of quantity handled by QRC stations were 2,226,215 million tonnes form Karachi, and 84,307 million tons form Lahore. The rice exported to Iran and Afghanistan by QRC Quetta was 450,195 million tons and for only Afghanistan it was 169,344 million tons from Peshawar QRC. The statement hoped to raise total rice export figures up to $4 billion under the Vision 2012. Rice exporters Pakistan Chairman Abdur Rahim Janu said in the statement that through these measures and exports Pakistan has become the 3rd largest rice exporting country in the world, and they are hoping to get the 2nd position soon. The association said that they now have to focus on the value addition products by encouraging the small packing of 1 kg, 2 kg, or 5 kg and discourage the bulk shipments, as in most of the cases it has been observed that the Pakistani Rice exported in Bulk Packing get re-packed further and is sold with the name of some other origins against the national interest.