Export of APEDA-monitored products at six-year high

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Even as the Covid-19 pandemic tightened its grip across many parts of the world during the year, shipments of products monitored by the Agricultural and Processed Foods Exports Development Authority (Apeda) grew 25 per cent in dollar terms to a six-year high of $19.96 billion as against $15.97 billion in the previous year. In rupee terms, the exports were up 29 per cent at Rs 1.47 lakh crore (Rs 1.14 lakh crore). Exports of Indian food products, including cereals and processed fruits and vegetables, saw a sharp rebound during 2020-21 on strong overseas demand. Rice shipments hit a new record with volumes of non-basmati variety touching 13.08 mt against 5.05 mt the previous year. Wheat and maize also registered good growth during the year, as per a report.