Nearly a third of India’s rice exports for this month are stuck due to a shortage of freight trains

Nearly a third of India’s rice exports for January 2022 are stuck due to a shortage of freight trains. Most traders have stopped signing February export contracts to avoid demurrage charges, industry officials told Reuters. The slowdown in exports from India, the world’s biggest rice exporter, has allowed rival suppliers such as Thailand, Myanmar and […]

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India and Pakistan coming close to an understanding on Afghan wheat transit

India has provided a list of Afghan contractors and truck drivers to the Pakistan government who would transport the Indian consignment of 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan as humanitarian assistance, as the two neighbours inch closer towards finalising the agreement, a media report said. Both countries have agreed to the modalities, and the […]

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Political and economic turmoil in neighbouring countries may adversely impact India’s sugar exports this season

The Secretary for Food and Public Distribution, Sudhanshu Pandey warned of challenges in sugar exports from India in the 2021-22 season even though 1.8 million tonnes had already been contracted at the start of the season itself. Addressing the All India Sugar Traders Association (AISTA) on global sugar, he said that last year India was […]

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India lags behind Pakistan, Sri Lanka in food affordability; ranks 71st on Global Food Security Index 2021 among 113 countries

India is ranked at 71st position in the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021 of 113 countries, but the country lags behind its neighbours Pakistan and Sri Lanka in terms food affordability, according to a global report released by Economist Impact and Corteva Agriscience. Pakistan (with 52.6 points) scored better than India (50.2 points) in […]

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Onion prices show hefty rise on stock damage across India; fresh kharif produce awaited

Onion prices have increased by Rs 750 a quintal over the past ten days in markets across Maharashtra’s Nashik district, the commodity’s hub. But, prices are likely to head south once early Kharif onion begins arriving next month. Traders have raised the prices citing damage to stocks in storages. The rise in prices will also […]

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India, Pakistan clash in European Union over GI tag for Basmati

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The long-grained aromatic Basmati rice, grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and in the Indo-Gangetic belt and in some areas of Pakistan, finds the itself in the thick of a stormy tussle between the two neighbours over the right to protected geographical identification (PGI) trademark in the European Union. “In 2018, India had filed […]

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European Union’s new protocol on basmati rice to be tricky for India

The European Union (EU) is trying to establish a “New Basmati Authenticity Protocol.” This comes in the wake of India’s effort to obtain a 3-month extension from EU to resolve is dispute with Pakistan over Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Basmati rice.   The Food Authenticity Research Network, a part of the European Commission, did a detailed […]

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