Farm exports up

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Export of farm products monitored by the Agriculture and Processed Foods Development Authority (Apeda) increased by a fifth to top $17.5 billion during the April-February period of the last fiscal compared with $14.5 billion in the same period the previous fiscal. Cereals, as a category, clocked the highest growth followed by processed fruits and vegetables, and floriculture and seeds, whereas livestock products registered negative growth. Cereal shipments rose 48 per cent in dollar terms and 54 per cent in rupee terms. Strong overseas demand for products such as non-basmati and basmati rice, groundnuts, pulses, dairy products, fresh vegetables and fruits, among others, contributed to the growth in exports. However, some major products such as buffalo meat and guar gum declined, as per a report.