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The rice exports target for 2013 has been set at 8.5 million tonnes, up 16.44% from this year's expected result, the Foreign Trade Department reported. 

Director-general Pranee Siriphand said the anticipated export value for 2013 was US$5.7 billion, or 15.20% higher than 2012. This year, the department projects exports will total of 7.3 million tonnes of rice, worth $4.9 billion, she said.

Thailand shipped a record 10.6 million tonnes of rice worth $6.4 billion in 2011.

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