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Uncompetitve globally, Indian agri exports fall 21% to $34 bn in FY17

However, imports rose to $25 bn in 2016-17 from $15 bn in 2013-14

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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India's agricultural have declined to $33.87 billion in 2016-17 from $43.23 billion in 2013-14, was informed on Wednesday.

The primary reasons for decline in of are low commodity prices in the international market, "which has made our uncompetitive," said in a written reply to the

However, of (including plantation and marine products) in 2016-17 rose to $25.09 billion from $15.03 billion in 2013-14.

She added that and of agricultural products depend on various factors such as availability, international and domestic demand and supply situation and quality concerns.

"Edible oils and pulses, which are in short supply in India, account for the bulk of India's of agricultural products," the minister said.

In a separate reply, Sitharaman said the share of agricultural in of the country has declined marginally during the past three years.

It has declined to 12.26 per cent in 2016-17 from 12.59 per cent in 2014-15.

First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 17:40 IST