India may not feel the pinch of high global food inflation


Despite concerns about rising global inflation, India’s inflation rate is likely to remain range-bound to moderate in coming months as domestic food prices are likely to come down, economists said. However, the inflation level may remain above an optimal comfort level of around 4%. The Reserve Bank of India had recently revised its projection for Consumer […]

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Global food prices rose sharply in January


Global food prices rose in January for the eighth consecutive month, led by cereals, vegetable oils and sugar, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO’s Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 113.3 points in January, marking a 4.3 percent increase […]

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Global fisheries and aquaculture hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic, says FAO report


Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Fish supply, consumption and trade revenues for 2020 are all expected to […]

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India unveils expansionary budget to combat pandemic’s impact


With covid pandemic in mind, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a plethora of allocations and tax incentives in the annual budget to expedite the economic recovery process. The Union Budget 2021-2022 definitely cheered investors and propelled the benchmark stock index (SENSEX) by 2,000 points, the largest in 10 months. The budget made substantially higher allocations for […]

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Agriculture in India must transform from rural livelihood to modern business enterprise – survey


The agriculture sector emerged as a sole bright spot in India’s economy during the current fiscal year, clocking a growth of 3.4%. But the growth needs to be sustained by treating the sector as a modern business enterprise and not just as a means of providing rural livelihood, says the annual economic survey released on […]

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Gold prices will gradually appreciate throughout 2021, says Ed Moy


Chief strategist for U.S. fractional gold retailer Valaurum and former U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy spoke to Biman Mukherji of about how policies of the incoming U.S. President Joe Biden administration and prevailing economic uncertainty is likely to fuel gold’s rally over the medium to long term. Moy believes that the favourable conditions for gold will remain intact […]

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Global crude steel output fell by 0.9% in 2020; China’s share rises to 56.5%


Asia produced 1,374.9 Mt of of crude steel in 2020, an increase of 1.5% compared to 2019, worldsteel said, adding that China’s crude steel production in 2020 reached 1,053.0 Mt, up by 5.2% on 2019. China’s share of global crude steel production increased from 53.3% in 2019 to 56.5% in 2020. India’s crude steel production […]

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