THE country’s agriculture exports dipped 14.39 per cent to USD 5.45 billion (about Rs 38,700 crore) in April-July this fiscal, according to APEDA data. Basmati and non-basmati rice exports dipped 9.26 per cent to USD 1.56 billion during the first four months of the current fiscal. Similarly, non-basmati rice exports too contracted 38.3 per cent to USD 695 million.
The other categories which recorded negative growth include guar gum, groundnut, buffalo meat, sheep/goat meat, poultry and dairy products, processed fruits and vegetables, floriculture and seeds. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government.