Global cereal production heading for a record high in 2019, says FAO

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FAO’s latest forecast for 2019 world cereal production is pegged at an all-time high of 2 714 million tonnes, up some 0.4 percent from the November figure and now almost 57 million tonnes (2.1 percent) above the reduced outturn in 2018. The month-on-month increase primarily reflects an upward revision to world coarse grains production, associated with higher-than-previously […]

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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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Government planning to infuse funds into FCI; raises authorised capital to Rs 10,000 crore

The Cabinet on Wednesday increased the authorised capital of Food Corporation of India (FCI) to Rs 10,000 crore from the current Rs 3,500 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved increasing the authorised capital of the FCI. “With the increase of authorised capital, additional equity capital […]

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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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