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More Hybrid Varieties of Tur/Red Gram Set to Hit Market

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More hybrid varieties of Tur/Red Gram set to hit market

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More hybrid varieties of Tur/Red Gram set to hit market

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The Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat), a non-profit, non-political agricultural research organisation, is set to release three new hybrid varieties of pigeon pea (tur or red gram) for commercial multiplication by seed companies, a senior scientist said.

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“After the commercialization of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS)-based pigeon pea hybrid (ICPH 2671) two years ago, we have developed three more hybrid varieties.

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The test results are promising and we will give parental lines to seed companies for multiplication later this year,” CL Laxmipathi Gowda, Global Theme Leader, Crop Improvement and Management, Icrisat, told reporters.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there are news of Cane farmers in Maharashtra set to rake in at least Rs 4k crore of additional income in the current 2009-10 season and South India planters’ income dropping to Rs 1,479 cr.

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Cane farmers to reap bonanza

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Cane farmers in Maharashtra are set to rake in at least Rs 4,000 crore of additional income in the current 2009-10 season due to better prices paid by sugar mills.

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During the previous 2008-09 season (October-September), mills in the State crushed 400.27 lakh tonnes (lt) of cane and paid an average final rate of Rs 1,513 a tonne to growers at their farm-gate.

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That translated into a total income of Rs 6,056 crore for the farmers.

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For the ongoing season, total crushing is expected at 455 lt, with the final farm-gate price of cane averaging around Rs 2,250 a tonne.

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That would result in an income of Rs 10,237 crore or Rs 4,181 crore more than what was paid out in 2008-09, said Mr Prakash Naiknavare, Managing Director, Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation.

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South India planters’ income drops Rs 1,479 cr:

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Going by the production figures and prices for coffee, tea, rubber, pepper,cardamom and vanilla, the plantation owners earned a total of Rs 14,834.84 crore in 2008.

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In 2009, it dropped to Rs 13,355.51 crore.

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Plantation industry sources said the data on the lower income for the growers do not take into account the rise in production costs.

This means, the plantation sector, as a whole, could have taken a bigger hit.

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The drop in rubber production has been a big drag on the income of the planters, who had to cope with Rs 10 a kg fall in prices.

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The average price in 2009 was Rs 97.56 a kg against Rs 107.74 in 2008.

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Currently, rubber prices average over Rs 130 a kg.

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Global Coffee Output May Dip 3.6 Per cent in the 2009-10

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Global Coffee Output May Dip 3.6 Per cent in the 2009-10

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Global coffee output may dip 3.6% : ICO

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Global coffee output may dip 3.6 per cent to 7.41 million tonnes (mt) in the 2009-10 crop year on fall in production in Brazil and Africa, the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) said.

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Adverse climatic conditions in few growing regions may also affect crop quality, it added.

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Last year, world coffee output had stood at 7.69 mt, it said, adding that the estimate for this year is preliminary as data from Colombia and Vietnam is pending.

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“With factors such as a prolonged dry season and high levels of coffee berry borer infestation, there appears to be little possibility of an increase in global production,” ICO said in its latest market report.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there are news of rabi productions falling short of expectations and Uttarakhand government seems not to be increasing the sugar price.

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Rabi output may fail to meet estimates:

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All eyes are now on the estimates for the rabi crop this year.

A good winter crop (rabi) will help augment the foodgrain supply and ease food prices.

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Hopes of a good crop have been fuelled by favourable weather conditions and the greater thrust on increasing the rabi crop.

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The Union agriculture ministry has already indicated that the rabi season, this year, may see an additional 10 million tonne (mt) of output over the past year’s production, implying a growth of 8%.

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This optimism on the rabi crop has prompted the Central Statistical Organisation or CSO — the government’s statistics arm — to estimate a meagre fall of 0.2% in agri output this year despite a 16% fall in the kharif (or summer crop) output due to the deficient monsoon.

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Uttarakhand not to increase sugarcane price:

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The Uttarakhand government seems to be in no mood to increase the price of Rs 215-220 per quintal for sugarcane despite a hefty increase by private sugar mills.

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In the first week of December, the government announced the state advised price (SAP) of Rs 192-197 at a time when farmers were agitating for a price of Rs 250.

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But soon, the private mills began paying heavy bonuses to farmers in the face of acute shortfall in a desperate bid to keep the factories running.

The government too decided to give bonus with a final price of Rs 215-220.

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Weekly Update of The Market (08th-12th February)

Hello Friends, here, we bring you the weekly overview of the Indian as well as of the Global economy and  latest global business and industry updates.

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Weekly Update of The Market (08th-12th February)

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After starting the year on a good note & Indices making fresh highs within few weeks many Asian markets have corrected between 7 to 10%.

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The global sell off over sovereign debt problems in Europe and an unexpected rise in jobless claims in US put investors on the defensive mode.

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The anxiety about sovereign debt in Greece, Portugal and Spain sparked a sell-off in the Euro & has led strength to US dollar.

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Foreign investors sell off is an outcome of dollar-carry-trade unwinding as when they borrowed the dollar was cheap & now it is recovering.

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Investors viewed the markets in year 2010 with confidence in view of recovery gaining momentum is now shaken over the debt problems, nascent economic recovery & confidence of the governments that stand behind the euro.

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Efforts of China to curb lending preventing overheating in economy also pose a risk to derail the global recovery.

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Back at home, the effect of turmoil in the international market also made government to think its strategy on ambitious disinvestment programme.

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Lukewarm response to the NTPC, the much awaited issue managed to get subscription of just 1.2 times on its closing day.

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The maximum bid of 20.87 crore shares was put by Indian institution under the first time adopted French Auction route.

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This has challenged the finance Ministry hopes on the proceeds from disinvestments to make up the sliding revenue & rising expenditure.

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While it looks that PSU disinvestment may not yield desired results on market weakness, the 3G auction i.e. expected to garner Rs. 35,000 crore could be postponed to next fiscal year.

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The fate of some of the IPO’s like NMDC, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd and Rural Electrification Corporation that are on the disinvestment agenda before March 31, looks tough to sail through, if the stock markets do not rise and big investors do not come back.

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On the contrary, Banks like Bank of Baroda & Indian Bank that were expected to raise money overseas have put now their plans on hold.

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The good news from the external sector continued as the data showed a 9.3% annual increase in exports in December to $14.6 billion, a second consecutive month rise.

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While imports increased by 27.2% from a year earlier to $24.75 billion.

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Food inflation remained at high levels & rose to 17.56% in the week ended 23 January 2010 from 17.40% in the previous week on the back of rising pulses & potato prices.

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Markets are likely to take a closer view of the advance estimates on economic growth for the current fiscal ending March 2010 scheduled to be released on Monday.

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In the days to come an activity in the sectors like railways, fertiliser, textiles, pharma, education, power and infrastructure may be seen on expected positive policy announcements and budgetary sops.

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It was clearly mentioned last week that world markets are going in downtrend and one should be careful in such a scenario and that one should be moving in cash.

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Now the markets have taken a very sharp fall last week due to rise in Dollar Index and fall in all asset classes.

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The coming week might see some counter rally from lower levels.

Nifty faces resistance between 4900-5000 levels and Sensex between 16400-17000 levels.

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If we talk about commodity markets then one can see that strengthening dollar and lack of firm global cues had pressurized commodities prices to move southward.

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Investors are selling riskier assets and putting their money in dollar as a safe haven buying.

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Debt concerns facing Greece, Portugal and Spain coupled with dollar index which is trading above the mark of 80 is most likely to compel commodities to trade lower.

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French and euro zone GDP, USD advance retail sales, USD U. of Michigan Confidence will give further direction to commodities.

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Investors should keep an eye on gold – silver ratio.

It was 58:1 few months back, now reached to 67:1 on MCX, heading towards the level of 70:1.

It is demonstrating more selling in silver.

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Stay Tuned for More on weekly updates.

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Farmers in Upbeat Mood over Prospects of Commercial Crops

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Farmers in Upbeat Mood over Prospects of Commercial Crops

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Farmers in upbeat mood over prospects of commercial crops

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Vagaries of nature may have dampened the mood of farmers in the district of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh with fears lingering over decrease in the yield, but the first signs in the yield of commercial crops are already indicating towards a record production.

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The prolonged drought which delayed the sowing operations in kharif last year meant that the acreage has decreased by about 20,000 acres.

The year 2008-2009, the paddy yield has shot up to 12.96 MT in 2009-2010.

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The drought, however, seems to have hit the prospects of cotton farmers as the yield had been reduced by 1.25 lakh MT.

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As against the total yield of 6.61 lakh MT in the year 2008-2009, the yield has fallen to 5.36 lakh MT in the year 2009-2010.

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In comparison, chilli farmers are smiling as both the acreage and production have shot up considerably.

The yield has shot up by 40,000 MT and the acreage too has increased by about 40,000 hectares.

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In the year 2008-2009, statistics available with the Agriculture Department showed that, chilli was sown in 63, 628 hectares and the cultivable area went up by 67, 867 hectares.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there is a news of soyabeans and corn rice rising the most last week and on the other news, sugar prices surging up by Rs 14/kg in Kerala after the subsidy rollback by state govt.

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Soybeans, Corn Rise Ahead of U.S. Forecasts for Crop Reserves:

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Soybeans rose the most in almost a week on speculation that U.S. crop reserves may be lower than earlier estimates.

Corn and wheat also advanced.

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Soybeans for March delivery rose as much as 13.25 cents, or 1.5 percent, on the Chicago Board of Trade, the biggest intraday gain since Feb. 2.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to cut its projection for soybeans reserves before the 2010 harvests to 221 million bushels in a report on Feb. 9, from the 245 million estimated last month, a Bloomberg News survey showed.

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Subsidy rollback pushes sugar prices by Rs 14/kg in Kerala:

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Kerala government’s recent decision to stop Rs 28-crore subsidy to its grocery retailing arm Supplyco has pushed sugar prices by around Rs 14 per kg in Supplyco’s outfits.

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Though, sugar prices in state-run shops is still lower than the open market price of around Rs 45 per kg or even Nafed-fixed price of Rs 41 per kg, but low stocks have minimized the benefit of low prices.

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Food Inflation Rose for the Second Week on the Trot

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Food Inflation Rises for the Second Week

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Food inflation rises for the second week

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Annual food inflation rose for the second week on the trot, affirming RBI’s fears of a spill over into other commodities and services and mounting pressure on the government to take more measures to arrest prices.

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Annual inflation in food articles rose to 17.56 per cent for the week ended January 23 from 17.4 per cent in the previous week, partly due to a poor harvest after the worst monsoon in nearly three decades, according to data released by the commerce ministry on Thursday.

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While prices of wheat, pulses and vegetables have increased, cereals and rice have become cheaper.

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Fuel price inflation, in tandem with global oil prices, increased to 5.88 per cent from 5.7 per cent in the previous week, spurred by a spike in light diesel oil and furnace oil prices.

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The wider inflation, as measured by the wholesale price index (WPI), has already risen to 7.31 per cent for December, forcing RBI to raise its forecast to 8.5 per cent for the fiscal year-end.

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In Other major Commodities Update, there is a news of Centre approving the largest quantity of wheat under its open market sale scheme (OMSS) for bulk buyers to consumers in the North zone and India’s corn exports could drop by 60 %in the year.

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Nod for salve of 4.4 Lt wheat in North:

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The Centre has approved the largest quantity of wheat amounting to 4.43 lakh tonne under its open market sale scheme (OMSS) for bulk buyers to consumers in the North zone.

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Sources said, for bulk consumers in South zone around 2,01,000 tonne of wheat has been approved by the government for sale from Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns till now.

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While for East zone, largely comprising of states like West Bengal, Orrisa and Bihar, around 63,900 tonne of wheat has been approved.

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Almost 1,07,000 tonne of wheat has been approved for sale in West zone of the country and 9,500 tonne has been approved for North-Eastern states.

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Of the 8.4 lakh tonne of wheat, approved in total, almost 77% amounting to around 6.36 lakh tonne has been lifted by bulk consumers till Wednesday.

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Corn exports likely to decline 60% this year:

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India’s corn exports could drop by 60 % in the year to September due to a poor domestic crop, quality issues, lower global prices and good crop prospects overseas, traders and industry officials said on Thursday.

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Likely exports are between 1.0-1.3 million tonne due to late harvests because of the drought and rising domestic demand, Amit Sachdev, India representative of the US Grains Council said.

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Indian Economy Set to Become World 3rd Largest in PPP Category

Indian Economy Set to Become World 3rd Largest in PPP Category

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According to a latest report by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), India could move into third place in the individual country GDP ranking in the purchasing power parity (PPP) category ahead of  Japan in 2012.

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This report projections stand against the Goldman Sach’s projection of 2032 in its BRIC’s (Brazil, Russia, India, China) report.

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China, which was projected by BRIC’s report to overtake the US as largest economy by 2041, looks set to achieve this by sometime around 2020, the PwC report said.

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“It seems highly likely that by 2030, China will clearly be the largest economy in the world on this measure (PPP), ending over a century of US economic hegemony,” top official of PwC, said in the report.

It said the credit crisis has accelerated the pace at which the emerging economies will overtake the developed ones.

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The report also projected that India is likely to grow faster than China after 2020.

“This is because of India having a significantly younger and faster growing population than China, and also due to it having more catch-up potential as it started from a lower level of economic development than China,” it said.

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However, the report cautioned that India will only realize this if it continues to pursue growth-friendly economic policies of the last two decades.

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As per the report by 2020, it is projected that seven largest emerging economies, E7 (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey) would be overtaking the G7 (US, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Canada) economies.

This will lead to a tectonic shift in the global economic power.

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Rising Food Prices Burden the Poor

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Rising Food Prices Burden the Poor

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Rising prices burden the poor:

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Rising prices of essential commodities coupled with wage deflation and increasing joblessness are pushing the poor households in India to a point of distress.

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Cosmetic measures of the government are unable to address the situation.

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The government of the day is harping upon the idea that an annual GDP growth rate in the range of 7% to 9% would be able to address the situation.

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The country has already experienced a GDP growth rate of 7.9% in the second quarter of the current fiscal 2009-10, but the situation has not improved.

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This is enough to prove that the GDP growth rate alone would not solve the problem.

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Government’s heavy dose of fiscal stimulus can give a big push to the corporate performance and post a good industrial growth which has already been possible in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.

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In Other major Commodities Updates we have information regarding dip in sugar output and regarding centre’s direction to state govts to rationalise taxes on food items in order to check price rise.

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Sugar Output dips 2 lakh tonne:

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India produced 7.84 million tonne (78.4 lakh tonne) sugar till January 15 in the current season (October-September), lower by 2 lakh tonne compared to the output in the same period last year, industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said.

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ISMA attributed the fall in output to sluggish supply of the cane in Uttar Pradesh, the second largest sugar producing state.

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Centre to ask state govts to rationalise taxes on food items to check price rise:

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The central government is expected to strongly emphasize on states the need to rationalize their tax structure on food grains and sugar to bring down price of essential commodities at the forthcoming meeting of state chief ministers later this week.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold the review meeting on food prices with state chief ministers.

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According to official sources, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is also expected to list the steps taken by the central government including :

extension of deadline for white and raw sugar, extra allocations of wheat and rice over normal PDS supplies—announced after the meeting of cabinet committee on prices last month.

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