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India's summer-sown rice output expected to fall 6% in 2022-23

NEW DELHI, Sept 21 (Reuters) - India's summer-sown rice output is expected to fall 6% in the 2022-23 crop year, according to the latest government forecast, as patchy monsoon rains in the country's east hit planting and crop yields.

Farmers in India, the world's second-biggest rice producer, are likely to harvest 104.99 million tonnes of rice in the crop year that began in July 2022, down from 111.76 million tonnes a year earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare said in a statement.

The government had earlier set a target of 112 million tonnes for the current crop year's summer-sown rice output.

India's summer-sown rice output accounts for more than 85% of its annual production which jumped to a record 130.29 million tonnes in the previous crop year to June 2022.

After uneven monsoon rains in eastern India raised concerns about output, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month banned overseas sales of 100% broken rice and slapped a 20% export tax on brown and white rice. (Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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