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RPT-ASIA RICE-Weak rupee, plentiful stocks drag India rates to over 5-year low

(Repeats Thursday's story with no changes to text)

* Hearing India could restrict rice exports- Dhaka-based trader

* Indian rupee plunged to a record low vs dollar last week

* Rice prices up due to higher fertilizer rates- Thai trader

* Vietnam expecting high global food, rice demand in coming months

By Swati Verma

May 26 (Reuters) - Indian rice export prices extended losses to their lowest in more than five years this week, hurt by a depreciation in local currency and as supply in top exporting nations remained abundant.

India's 5% broken parboiled variety <RI-INBKN5-P1> was quoted at $350 to $354 per tonne, down from last week's $351 to $356 per tonne.

"Demand is there but supplies are also ample. Many buyers are looking for 100% broken rice to replace expensive corn in animal feed," said an exporter based at Kakinada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian rupee plunged to a record last week against the dollar, increasing exporters margin from overseas sales.

Rice prices in neighboring Bangladesh rose again this week, despite good stocks, which traders blame on the rise in global markets.

"We're hearing India could restrict rice exports. Prices will go up again if they do so," a Dhaka-based trader said.

Thailand's 5% broken rice prices <RI-THBKN5-P1> were quoted at $450 per tonne, up from $430-$445 last week, on strengthening of the domestic currency and rising cost of production.

"Supply remains ample, but rice prices have gone up due to higher prices of fertilizers," a Bangkok-based trader said.

Demand has been muted in the past several weeks as higher prices have deterred potential buyers, another trader said.

Vietnam's 5% broken rice <RI-VNBKN5-P1> was offered at $415-$420 per tonne on Thursday, unchanged from a week ago.

"The Philippines will continue to be Vietnam's largest export market, but shipments to the European Union are expected to witness the fastest growth backed by the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement," a trader based in Ho Chi Minh City said.

Preliminary shipping data showed 369,882 tonnes of rice is to be loaded at Ho Chi Minh City port from May 1 to May 28, with most of the rice heading to the Philippines, Africa and Cuba. (Reporting by Khanh Vu in Hanoi, Rajendra Jadhav in Mumbai, Panu Wongcha-um in Bangkok and Ruma Paul in Dhaka; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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