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Amira Nature Foods Ltd (the "Company") (NYSE: ANFI), a leading global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, today announced an update on India’s commercial rice crop planting progress. According to the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, as of July 26, 2013, India’s main summer (Kharif) rice crop planting area increased to approximately 19.64 million hectares, an increase of approximately 6.6% from the 18.42 million hectares sown during last year’s planting season. The Indian rice planting season runs from May 10
th to September 28
th each year. In 2013, India’s rice planting has benefitted from increased rainfall across many parts of key rice areas throughout the country.
Karan A. Chanana, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Over the past few months, weather conditions have been favorable for rice planting. We believe Amira is positioned to benefit from the strong supply of rice combined with the growing global demand for our premium products.”
About Amira Nature Foods
Founded in 1915, Amira has evolved into a leading global provider of packaged Indian specialty rice, with sales in over 40 countries today. Amira sells Basmati rice, premium long-grain rice grown only in certain regions of the Indian sub-continent, under their flagship Amira brand as well as under other third party brands. Amira sells its products primarily in emerging markets through a broad distribution network. Amira’s headquarters are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it also has offices in India, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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