India’s record rice export this year will help to keep rising food prices in check, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
The country’s export may reach an all-time high of 16.2 million tons this year will help keep rice prices in international markets affordable unlike maize, soybeans, and wheat.
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