COMMENT – New farm laws offer more markets and benefits to farmers

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Over the past few weeks, much has been written on the newly enacted farm bills, which have been termed “historic” by the proponents while “death warrant” for farmers by the opposition groups. The issues of contention range from the removal of commission agents, entry of private players, absence of price fixation mechanism among others. For […]

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COMMENT – Gold, the simple math

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The current pullback in the precious metals sector is a buying opportunity. Since trading at a closing high of $2,064 an ounce on August 6, gold bullion has declined 8.34% as of this writing, says John Hathaway of asset management company Sprott Inc. Gold mining shares have followed suit, declining 9.26% since the August high.It […]

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COMMENT – Green is the colour of money for Indian investors too now

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Sustainability is no longer a buzzword to please environmentalists in India, but investors are lining up to bet big money on it. ESG funds (Environment, Social and Governance) have already caught on across the globe with wealth managers not only considering financial parameters for selecting stocks in their portfolio, but also assessing the long term viability […]

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COMMENT – Integrated platforms to support the new way of agri trade

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The existing mandi system was designed at a time when India needed basic infrastructure for selling agricultural produce. The system has done well and created a structure for aggregation, storage and trading of agricultural commodities. However, due to various factors, there is a huge price difference for a commodity in various regions across the markets. […]

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COMMENT – The new reforms can transform India’s agricultural ecosystem

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The agricultural ecosystem has been stagnant for too long, and quite frankly, developmental efforts were predominantly focused on production growth. Even with an inverse relation emerging between farm production and farmers income – higher the production, lower the income coupled with acute wastage of resources – little changed besides some incremental revisions. The post-production phase […]

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COMMENT – Monsoon’s munificence may only lighten India’s economic gloom

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The rain god’s bounty with the seasonal monsoon has lightened the sombre mood in the Indian economy, stirring hopes of a demand pick up during the upcoming festival season. After an exceptionally wet monsoon season between June and end-August that saw rainfall at 107.5% of the long period average, rains have petered out again in September. But the […]

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