Indian Basmati rice exports have witnessed a rebound in the current fiscal with Q1FY 2018 registering a 32% growth in exports contributed by 25% increase in realisations and 7% increase in volumes.
This comes after a three-year consecutive decline in basmati exports till FY2017 (Rs. 21,605 crores). In the past, despite the volumes holding firm, the exports have been adversely impacted by pressure on realisations (from a peak of Rs. 77,988/MT in FY2014 to Rs. 54,011/MT in FY2017), driven by lower demand in the global market as well as lower paddy prices over the procurement seasons of FY2015 and FY2016.
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