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Burma Lifts Ban on Rice Exports

Burma has resumed exports of rice after a nearly six month ban that the government imposed after cyclone Nargis swept across the country's main rice growing region.

The storm devastated Burma's Irrawaddy Delta in May. Burma's military junta imposed the export ban because of concerns the country would not have enough rice to meet domestic demands.

The region is Burma's rice basket, and produced more than 60 percent of the country's crop before Nargis struck.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says 16 percent of Burma's rice paddies were seriously damaged by the cyclone.

And in the aftermath of the storm, the FAO also estimated some 52,000 farmers would not be able to plant new crops over the monsoon season without $83 million in help.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.