Wettest monsoon in 25 years could lift 2020 wheat output to a record high

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India’s wheat production could jump to a second consecutive annual record in 2020 as the wettest monsoon in 25 years is set to help farmers in expanding the area under the winter-sown crop while also boosting yields, industry officials told Reuters. But that higher production would add to India’s already swelling inventories, potentially forcing the world’s second-biggest wheat producer to […]

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Minimum Support Price hikes add to the woes of India’s farm exports

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India’s farm exports are at a severe peril. First, a global oversupply in agricultural commodities has led to constantly declining agricultural commodity prices. To add to its woes, sustained and regular increases in the minimum support price (MSP) of agri commodities by the Indian government has over-priced the country’s agricultural commodities in the world market. […]

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COMMENTARY – Higher sugar MSP positive, but domestic surplus situation overhung

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Authors: Ms. Khushbu Lakhotia, Senior Analyst, Corporate Ratings, India Ratings and Research (Fitch Group) & Mr. Jinesh Rajpara, Analyst, India Ratings and Research (Fitch Group)  The recent hike by Rs. 2 per kilogram (kg) in the minimum selling price (MSP) of sugar to Rs.31 per kg could generate an additional income of Rs.30-35 billion for […]

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Minimum Support Price for paddy, pulses and other kharif crops hiked in India

The Union Ministry of Agriculture has approved an increase in minimum support price (MSP) in the range of 5% to 8% for various kharif or summer grown crops, including paddy, pulses, oilseeds and cotton, for the 2017-18 crop season (July-June). The government has approved Rs.80 per quintal hike in paddy MSP, while support price of […]

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