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Hope for Indian monsoon as El Nino weakens

After two successive years of drought, a glimmer of hope finally seems to be appearing for the Indian monsoon. The first forecast for the monsoon rainfall this year is still three weeks away, but scientists are taking heart from the fact that a key indicator is showing signs of turning favourable in the coming days. […]


Monsoon worries Moody’s lowers India growth forecast to 7%

After Fitch, Moody’s revises target on a ‘drier than average’ monsoon’; projects 7.5% growth for 2016.

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Revival of monsoon signals bumper crop

The monsoon’s revival after a dry spell from late-June to mid-July raises hopes of a normal kharif crop this time.

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Farmers in parched village switch from sugarcane to gerbera flowers

Farming of gerbera in Padoli is taking place in a controlled environment under polyhouses.

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Falling demand: Punjab lease rent party ends as crop prices plunge

Reversing trend being witnessed due to collapse in basmati and cotton realisations, minimal hikes in paddy and wheat MSP, damage to rabi crop from untimely rains and hailstorms, among others.


Despite odds, Rupee emerges strongest in two months

Rupee gained even as FIIs pulled out a net Rs 15,879 crore in May and June 2015

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Bhagatsinh Zankat Junagadh district, Gujarat: Here, it’s back to groundnuts

Zankat is back to cultivating only groundnut, whose prices are ruling at Rs 5,000 per quintal.

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Vinod Balodia Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh: Not the best meal

He was forced to offload nearly 40 quintals in the local Dewas mandi at Rs 1,200 per quintal, while being able to sell only 20 quintals to the government at the minimum support price of Rs 1,450.

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Pritam Singh Hanjra Panipat district, Haryana: Fading aroma

Even taking the reduced costs and 20-22 quintals/acre yields, the profits from Pusa-1121 at Rs 2,100-2,200/quintal are nowhere close to when prices were Rs 4,400-4,500.

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Someshwar Ramkrushna Hedau Maharashtra: No white gold this

The Indian Express reporters travel into the interiors to understand what’s in the mind of farmers as kharif plantings gather pace.

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Market up 414 pts on rate cut hopes, better monsoon

Reports that Greece has given its creditors new proposals on a bailout boosted market sentiment.

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US Fed’s dovish stance helps Sensex reclaim 27,000 mark

Above-normal monsoon progress, strengthening of rupee also help in cheering up the markets.

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FinMin: Step up lending against warehouse receipts

Warehouse receipts were made negotiable under the Warehouse (Development and Regulation) Act, 2007.

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Bihar: An unlikely corn revolution

Indian Express trace Bihar’s recent emergence as a maize powerhouse with farmers harvesting yields comparable to Midwest US levels.

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Cut to the chase

Threat of a poor monsoon came in the way of a deeper rate cut by RBI. Now, government must keep an eye on food inflation.