Archive for January 20th, 2010

Jaggery(Gur) – “The Medicinal Sugar” Part 1

Hello Friends here we come up with another write up on “Commodity Corner Series”.

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Jaggery(Gur) - "The Medicinal Sugar" Part 1

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Here we would touch upon the aspects related to the commodity “Jaggery” also termed as a “Gur”.

We would also read about how it is formed, what is the market scenario of this commodity, current price value and production volume of jiggery in India.


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Jaggery (Gur) is a coarse, unrefined sugar that has been made from sugar cane juice.

It is the natural mixture of sugar and molasses.

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Formation:


This is considered unrefined and is produced by boiling raw sugar cane or palm juice in iron pans.

It is then formed into blocks.


As it does not go through additional processing, it does retain some of the natural vitamins and minerals of the ingredients used, though boiling the juice does deplete some of these.

Many people do consider jaggery healthier than more refined sugar since it is less stripped of natural nutrients.


This may be eaten in small slices alone as a dessert, or it may be combined with spices to make a variety of Indian desserts and candies.

Jaggery is most often available in cake form, and ranges from fairly crumbly to nearly rock-hard.

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Market Scenario:


It is popular throughout southern and Southeast Asia.

Maharashtra is India’s largest producer and consumer of gur, with even a dedicated agricultural export zone.

Anakapalle is the biggest jaggery market yard in Andhra Pradesh and it caters to Orissa,West Bengal, Assam and other states besides Andhra Pradesh.

The major spot market is at the major terminal markets including Muzaffarnagar and Hapur.

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Price-production Factor:


In 2009, the journey of gur futures at the NCDEX counter started at Rs.750 and is now ruling at Rs. 1100 per quintal.

These surges in prices have been influenced by the high sugarcane rates.


In 2008-09 season, which ended in September, some gur-making units in UP have paid as high as Rs 250-260 a quintal for sugarcane compared to Rs 150-155 a quintal by sugar mills, as the cane production was lower in the state.


Steep fall in production in the northern markets such as Uttar Pradesh and also in the South Karnataka has contributed to the price rise here.

Even in the other markets in AP, such as Nidadavolu in West Godavari, production has fallen drastically.


Drought in the State and uncongenial climate in the northern States were some of the contributory factors to the steep fall in production.

The sugarcane yields in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and East Godavari districts had fallen due to drought conditions and the recovery was also poor this year.


The festival demand for jaggery is strong all over the country thanks to Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu and Makara Sankranti in the northern and western regions.

It is nearly 56% over last year, largely due to dip in sugarcane availability.


Farmers are selling more cane to gur-making units as they pay higher than sugar mills.

The production in India is expected increase to 8.2 million tonnes in the 2009-10 season on higher prices.

Gur price has outpaced sugar price and as a result more sugarcane would be diverted for making gur during the ensuing 2009-10 season (October-September).

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In next blog we would read about the Karnatka Govt initiative of setting up a Jaggery park at Mandya, the country’s fourth largest jaggery market.

Stay Tuned 🙂

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Market Experts Expect IT Stocks to Do Well During 3rd Quarter

Market Experts Expects IT Stocks to Do Well During 3rd Quarter

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With IT Biggy Infosys showing up with better-than-expected results and revenue guidance, IT stocks have turn out to be hot picks.

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This is owing to the factor that market participants are now anticipating good third quarter results on improved global demand scenario.

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Month-to-date, the BSE IT index has returned 4.16 per cent against a marginal 0.51 per cent advance in the BSE Sensex.

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Where IT biggies have climbed as much as 5 per cent during the period, mid-cap and small-cap IT stocks have followed the cues even better.

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“The Infosys numbers have set the tone for the IT sector. The numbers posted by the sector for the third quarter of financial year 2009-10 are encouraging and even the guidance is optimistic.

The analysis shows that revenue visibility has gone up,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of research at SMC Capitals.

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Financial Technologies shot up 20.55 per cent. Tech Mahindra climbed 14.77 per cent.

Patni Computer jumped 7.20 per cent followed by Polaris Software, Rolta India, MindTree and MphasiS, which climbed 4.67 per cent, 4.11 per cent and 0.33 per cent respectively.

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However, MphasiS and Redington India inched down 0.41 per cent and 0.45 per cent respectively.

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“We expect IT service companies to be more optimistic regarding the macro environment compared with the stance in the previous few quarters.

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While 2010 IT budgets are likely to be flat with a positive bias, managements might not provide significant clarity on them,” the brokerage added.

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The years 2009 and 2010 underline a significant recovery in business optimism and economic conditions.

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Thunuguntla feels signs of recovery have also started appearing in the US and in the global financial sector, which was the genesis of the financial crisis.

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In such a situation, there is no reason why the Indian IT sector shouldn’t do well during the third quarter.

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Understandably, the sector’s fortunes are linked to the value and fluctuation in the dollar.

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A strengthening dollar can put pressure on the profitability margins of IT companies.

But, IT volumes still remain strong, and sector should see healthy performance.

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Govt Sells 0.3 Million Tonne Wheat in Open Market

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the country.

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Govt Sells 0.3 Million Tonne Wheat in Open Market

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Govt Sells 0.3 mt Wheat in Open Mkt:

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The government’s move to sell excess wheat stocks to bulk buyers for reducing retail price of wheat and wheat flour finally taken off after months of delay.

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Private bulk buyers have purchased 0.3 million tonne (mt) of wheat under the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) from Food Corporation of India (FCI), till now.

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It marks a substantial amount given that less than 50,000 tonne were bought by bulk users ever since the scheme was launched in October 2009.

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Besides this, another 0.54 million tonne of wheat has been approved for sale to bulk users by the high-level committee set up to oversee the sale of government wheat.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we can read about Government officials lauding BT cotton for generating higher yeild.

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Govt official lauds Bt cotton:

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Genetically modified cotton — commonly termed Bt cotton has been a blessing, according to a senior government official.

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The country has generated an additional income of Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 12,000 crore annually because of its higher yield, J N Singh, joint secretary in the Union textiles ministry, told Business Standard.

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According to official figures, 80 per cent of the overall cotton crop is from Bt seeds.

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The area under Bt cotton has been growing between four and five per cent a year, more so in region with irrigation facilities.

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Bt cotton is, however, unlikely to replace conventional cotton completely, especially in rain-fed regions like Vidarbha, Singh added.

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