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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Pakistan gathered a record rice harvest of 8.9 million tonnes in the 2021-22 marketing year, up from 8.4 million tons the earlier year, as per a Global Agricultural Information Network report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“New higher-yielding hybrid rice varieties, improved agronomic practices and increased planting area, as farmers shift out of cotton, are factors driving the increased production,” the USDA said.

The organization noticed that the Pakistan government’s arrangement of guaranteeing rice cultivators had sufficient sources of inputs additionally added to the record creation.

In the mean time, the nation’s rice export in 2020-21 (November-October) were stale at 3.8 million tons, practically unaltered from the earlier year, the report said. Inventory network interruptions, delivering holder deficiencies, and high transportation costs adversely affected rice sends out.

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