Indian sugar mills sign deals to export 2.7 million tonnes of sugar: AISTA


Indian sugar mills have contracted to export 2.7 million tonnes of sugar since the current season began on Oct. 1, trade body All India Sugar Trade Association (AISTA) said. Mills have already shipped out 1.7 million tonnes of the sweetener, a top official of the All India Sugar Trade Association told Reuters. Indian mills have […]

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Domestic demand to lift India’s economic growth in 2019 and 2020 — ADB


Recent policy measures by the government to improve the investment climate and boost private consumption and investment will help India to lift economic growth in the next two fiscal years, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2019, ADB projects gross domestic product (GDP) growth in […]

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Slower global demand pulls down developing Asia’s growth prospects — ADB


Growth remains strong across most of developing Asia but is set to moderate this year and next year against the backdrop of slowing global demand and persistent trade tensions, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. The latest Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2019, ADB’s flagship economic publication, forecasts that growth in the region will soften […]

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U.S. to lead global oil supply growth, no peak in oil demand in sight – IEA


The United States will drive global oil supply growth over the next five years thanks to the remarkable strength of its shale industry, triggering a rapid transformation of world oil markets according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual oil market forecast. By the end of the forecast, oil exports from the United States will […]

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Global cotton consumption growth projected to slow to 0.04% in 2018/19


Global cotton consumption is projected to post its third straight year of growth — but just barely, with an expected increase of only 0.04%, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) said in its latest forecast. Many of the top consuming countries are undergoing a slowing in consumption growth, including: East Asia — 6%, down from […]

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India’s domestic steel firms set to hike prices by Rs 1,000 a tonne from March 1, 2019; third rise since February 2019


Prompted by strong demand growth in the domestic market, steel producers are set to hike product prices by Rs 1,000 a tonne from March 1. This will be the third rise in prices since February 1, Business Standard reports. A growing demand for steel across sectors is prompting large producers of steel to go ahead with  yet another price […]

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Interview – Diverse horticulture produce creating supply chain challenges for India


Production of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables is creating supply chain challenges in India even as the government works towards doubling farm income by 2022, the chief executive officer of the National Center for Cold-Chain Development (NCCD) said. One kind of supply chain will not effectively serve them all. Fruits and vegetables need […]

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Dry seasonal conditions cut Australia’s summer crop prospects; wheat output down to 11-year low


Drier and warmer than average seasonal conditions in cropping regions in Queensland and northern New South Wales during December and January have reduced prospects of summer crop production in 2018–19 after wheat output fell to 11-year low, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES) said in a report. The final wheat harvest total […]

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