Drought situation to hit sugar output hard in Maharashtra and Tamilnadu

Even as the International Sugar Organization (ISO) has raised its forecast for 2018-19 global sugar surplus to 1.83 million tonnes, up from its previous estimate of 641,000 tonnes, thanks to increased production in India and Thailand as well as a diminished outlook for sugar consumption, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu in India are reporting huge output cuts […]

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Extreme weather adversely impacts coffee output in last 4 years


Coffee-producing South Indian states have been witnessing a series of extreme weather events in the last four years. Extreme rainfall causing heavy flood and large-scale landslides in August 2018 in coffee producing areas of Kerala and Karnataka led to a dip of around 20 per cent in the total coffee production. South Indian states like […]

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Australia says farm production value remains stable despite drought

The value of Australia’s farm production is forecast to remain relatively unchanged at $60 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $56 billion, despite very dry conditions in some places, ABARES in the latest forecasts released in the September quarter Agricultural commodities report. “Although dry conditions are affecting agricultural production in eastern Australia, expected […]

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Outlook for global grains production raised; spike in US, Ukraine outweigh cuts in EU, Australia – IGC


The International Grains Council (IGC) has raised its forecast for total grains production in 2018-19 to 2,063 million tonnes, up from 2,059 million tonnes in July but down from 2,092 million tonnes forecast for 2017-18. Total grains consumption is forecast at 2,129 million tonnes, up from 2,128 million tonnes in July and compared with 2,107 […]

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Drought, flood risks to arise in Asia from uneven monsoon during this summer; West Pacific may yield strong typhoons


An uneven southwestern and eastern Asia monsoon may lead to areas of drought and recurring flooding during the summer of 2018, weather forecaster AccuWeather said. The weather pattern that brought areas of isolated flooding rain, frequent dust storms and damaging winds from the Middle East to northern India will break down over the rest of […]

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Disasters causing billions in agricultural losses around the world; drought leads the way – FAO

Natural disasters are costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, with drought emerging as the most destructive in a crowded field of threats that also includes floods, forest fires, storms, plant pests, animal diseases outbreaks, chemical spills and toxic algal blooms. According to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

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Droughts destroy enough farm produce to feed 81 million people every day, says World Bank


Repeated droughts around the world have shockingly large and often hidden consequences, destroying enough farm produce to feed 81 million people every day for a year, damaging forests, and threating to trap generations of children in poverty, according to a new report from the World Bank Group. Uncharted Waters: The New Economics of Water Scarcity […]

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Rising concerns over rotting might push India to offload more pulses in the market


India, the world’s biggest consumer of lentils, is likely to sell about 1 million tonnes of pulses domestically to avoid its stockpiles rotting in warehouses, as dramatic price swings have become a politically sensitive issue. The government is attempting to sell the reserves in the open market as well as to some states, and considering […]

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