NEW DELHI: Basmati rice exports rose 25.54 percent in April-June 2022-23 to $1.15 billion, the Commerce Ministry said on Saturday.

Exports were $922 million in the prior year period.

Exports of non-basmati rice also rose 5% in the June quarter to $1.56 billion, he added.

Exports of agricultural and processed food products rose 31% in the quarter to $7.4 billion.

For the fiscal year 2022-23, an export target of $23.56 billion has been set by the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) for the Agricultural and Processed Food Basket, he indicated.

Among these products, the sectors that recorded growth during the period under review include fresh fruits and vegetables and cereals.

”The export of meat, dairy products and poultry increased by 9.5%…dairy products alone recorded a growth of 67.15% while their exports reached 191 million dollars in during the first three months of the current fiscal year,” the ministry said.

Mr. Angamuthu, President of APEDA, said that by creating a necessary ecosystem of exports as well as collaborating with key stakeholders in agricultural export value chains, “we aim to support the growth of agricultural exports and food of India in the current exercise as well”.