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India clamps down on rice exports as global food worries grow

Top supplier aims to ease food inflation after uneven monsoons

India's main rice port, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, in September 2021: The country's move is likely to fuel global concerns over food inflation, already exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India has restricted exports of some varieties of rice, effective Friday, as the world's largest supplier tries to ensure domestic provisions amid global pressure on the food market.

The government said it has prohibited exports of broken rice -- fragmented grains that are generally cheaper and more accessible to the poor. It has also imposed a 20% tax on export sales of some varieties, including husked brown rice and semi-milled or wholly milled white rice.

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