Thailand falling to No.3 rice exporter
- Published: 7 May 2013 at 19.48
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ROME - India could export 8.3 million tonnes of rice this year and keep its title as top exporter in the world, while Thailand slips to third, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Tuesday.
India last year surpassed Thailand as the top exporter for the first time in three decades, shipping 10.3 million tonnes of milled rice, as Thailand bought crops from farmers and shipped just 7 million tonnes overseas.
"We estimate that at the end of this year, India will remain the number one rice exporter, with Vietnam and Thailand slightly behind with 7.8 and 7.7 million tonnes, respectively," said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO's regional representative for Asia.
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