Liquid milk sales in India to sustain momentum despite fall in institutional demand due to Covid – report


Growth of liquid milk sales in India is not seen being impacted by a sharp fall in institutional demand for dairy products due to a pandemic-led lockdown in the first half of the year, according to a report by credit ratings agency ICRA. Speaking with, Gaurav Jain, Vice President (Corporate Ratings), ICRA, said household […]

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Global food import bill may exceed last year’s level despite pandemic – FAO


The global food import bill for this year is expected to remain close to last year’s level, and may even exceed it slightly due to higher prices of most food commodities in wake of the pandemic, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report.   World food markets are showing surprisingly strong resilience despite initial […]

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India announces 12-point boost for economy to add to festival cheer


Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced financial outlays for 12 sectors, including a fertiliser subsidy as well as those for housing and infrastructure that will likely drive demand for key commodities. She said the announcement was the third instalment of Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self Reliant India) programme that was meant to establish the country […]

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Interview – India’s natural rubber output, consumption beginning to recover after Covid-19 shock as demand rises


After being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic that saw India’s natural rubber production and consumption fall sharply, the industry is experiencing buoyancy once again as demand for tyres by the automobile sector and other non-tyre requirements continue to rise, Dr. K.N. Raghavan, Chairman and Executive Director, Rubber Board,Ministry of Commerce and Industry, tells […]

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Global food prices continue rising in October


Global food prices continued rising for the fifth consecutive month in October, led by cereals, sugar, dairy and vegetable oils, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 100.9 points in October 2020, […]

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India’s high food inflation rate may start to ease in coming weeks


Despite two successive record seasonal harvests, food inflation in India remains stubbornly high, prompting the government to announce this week that it will be soon importing certain vegetables. While the inflation rate is expected to ease in coming weeks, prices are unlikely to fall drastically any time soon. Retail inflation rose to 7.3% in September — […]

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