Record wheat and barley harvests seen lifting world grains output by 40 million tonnes in 2019/20


Record harvests of wheat and barley are expected to outweigh a poorer maize crop to lift world total grains — wheat and coarse grains — production by 40m t in 2019/20, to 2,177m, only modestly below the all-time peak in 2016/17, the International Grains Council (IGC) said in its latest monthly report. Consumption is forecast to climb […]

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India looks to boost “Blue Economy” by focusing on fisheries for higher economic growth


The Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) aims to enhance fish production to 220 lakh metric tons by 2024-25 from 137.58 lakh metric tons in 2018-19 at an average annual growth rate of about 9 per cent. The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh, today said the ambitious scheme will result in doubling export […]

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Malaysian Palm Oil Board to improve ties with India in order to boost crude palm oil prices

Crude palm oil prices may rise to 2,300-2,400 ringgit ($528.37-$551.34) per tonnne in the coming months as Malaysia’s relationship with top importer India improves, industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) said this week. The newly appointed MPOB Chairman Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub said in a statement the rally will come as a relief to […]

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India’s Ministry of Agriculture distributes 1.78 lakh tonnes of pulses to 13.4 crore beneficiaries in States/UTs under PM-GKY

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has distributed Rs.19,350.84 crore worth of food grains to 9.67 crore farmers during lockdown period under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, says a Press Information Bureau press release. “Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme during the lockdown period from 24.3.2020 till date, 9.67 crore farmers have […]

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Interview – Edible oil demand in India to return only slowly after coronavirus destruction

The national lockdown in India on fears of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the country’s edible oil industry hard, and demand that plunged sharply is expected to return only slowly over the next six months, Atul Chaturvedi, President of Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA), tells Shampa Bahadur in an interview. Q. […]

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Indian commodity exchanges report 38% decline in daily volumes during May 2020

Indian commodity exchanges have reported 38 per cent decline in commodity derivatives business since the Covid-19 pandemic started spreading across the country. Between February and May, the daily average turnover in commodity futures trading slumped by 38%. India’s largest commodity exchange, the Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX), reported its daily average turnover (DAT) at Rs 15,658 […]

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Fitch Ratings makes further cuts to global GDP forecasts, but says global recession bottoming out; India decline seen at 5%


Fitch Ratings said it was making further cuts to world GDP forecasts in its latest Global Economic Outlook (GEO), but added that the slump in global economic activity was close to reaching its trough. “World GDP is now forecast to fall by 4.6% in 2020 compared to a decline of 3.9% predicted in our late-April […]

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