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India's April-Jan non-basmati rice exports jump 34 percent

A woman winnows rice in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s non-basmati rice exports during April-January jumped 34 percent from a year earlier to 7.02 million tonnes as Bangladesh, Benin and Sri Lanka raised purchases, a government body said.

The country’s buffalo meat exports during the period rose 7.2 percent from a year ago to 1.16 million tonnes on good demand from Vietnam, Malaysia and Egypt, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority said in a statement.

India is the world’s biggest exporter of buffalo meat and rice.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Sunil Nair