Global pepper output to tank for first time after several years: Nedspice Report

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Netherlands-based Nedspice estimates global pepper production to decline this season by 74,000 tonnes for the first time after several years, mainly driven by unfavourable weather in Vietnam, reports Financial Express. However, the mismatch between global supply and demand of the spice will continue to put pressure on the price with supply seen higher by almost […]

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ADB trims growth forecasts as Asia’s biggest economies slow; India lowered to 5.1%

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has trimmed its forecasts for economic growth in developing Asia this year and next year as growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India is weighed down by both external and domestic factors. In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update released in September, ADB now expects gross domestic product […]

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India okays allocation of 5 coal mines; allows part output sale in open market

The Indian government has approved the allocation of five coal mines with a combined capacity of about 5.2 million tonnes per year, allowing successful bidders the flexibility to sell a portion of the production in the open market, according to the ministry of coal. “The significant feature of the allocations is that for the first […]

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India’s shrinking diesel demand points to a frightening economic slowdown

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India’s demand for diesel is slowing as the country’s car fleet shifts predominantly to gasoline, trucks get more efficient and solar pumps displace diesel-fed units across the countryside, claims a Reuters report. The combination of these changes has led analysts, academics and company officials to speculate that diesel demand growth in the world’s third-largest crude […]

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Maharashtra cotton farmers seek technological freedom; plan to grow other GM crops defying state diktat

Maharashtra’s cotton farmers who had defied the government and planted herbicide tolerant cotton (HTBT) in their fields are now planning to begin a technology freedom movement in the country that will be led by the Shetkari Sanghatana, reports Financial Express. The farmer body plans to take this movement further by planting other GM crops, including […]

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India’s central bank pauses after five rate cuts, lowers 2019-20 GDP growth rate to 5%

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday kept the interest rates unchanged, pausing after five straight cuts, but lowered the country’s economic growth forecast for the 2019-20 financial year to 5 percent from an earlier 6.1 percent. The RBI also raised its inflation forecast for the second half of the year to between 5.1-4.7 […]

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MMTC contracts 4,000 tonnes of onions in addition to the 17,090 tonnes already contracted

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India’s state trading arm, MMTC has further contracted 4,000 tonnes of Onions from Turkey which is expected to arrive by mid-January, 2020. This 4,000 tonnes is in addition to the 17,090 tonnes of onions already contracted which includes 6090 tonnes arriving from Egypt and 11,000 tonnes from Turkey. The Department of Consumer Affairs has also […]

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