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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Harish Damodaran

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Explained: In uncertain times, how search for ‘normal year’ leads to data vacuum
Wed, May 27, 2020

Among Covid-19’s casualties are the postponing of Census operations and undertaking of key official primary surveys necessary for a better understanding of the economy

APMC Reform Law: Centre says states’ powers not being encroached
Tue, May 19, 2020

Agriculture being a state subject under the Constitution, any central legislation seeking to remove barriers to trade and creating a unified national market for farm produce could trigger a fresh debate on federalism.

Freeing up the farmer: Govt to ease curbs on trade, open up markets
Sat, May 16, 2020

Third tranche of COVID-19 economic package: Not only can farmers sell to anyone and anywhere, but traders and processors, too, will be able to freely buy, stock and move any quantity of agri-produce within the country.

FM Sitharaman claim of MNREGS spike true only for May, April saw a fall
Fri, May 15, 2020

MGNREGA employment down more than half in April. Currently, out of the 13.74 crore MNREGS job cards issued, only 7.66 crore are “active”.

Explained: Labour short, can direct seeding be alternative to paddy transplanting?
Thu, May 14, 2020

A technology that allows farmers to sow paddy seeds directly could be a solution to shortage of migrant transplantation labourers during lockdown. It also saves water by not requiring flooding of fields.

As cane dues cross Rs 14,200 crore, UP sugar mills petition state govt
Tue, May 12, 2020

UP mills have, in the current 2019-20 sugar season (October-September) as of May 8, crushed 10,565.49 lakh quintals of cane and produced 120.01 lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar.

Explained: How Covid has flattened prices, shifted demand curve for agri-commodities
Thu, May 07, 2020

Lockdown has led to demand destruction similar to demonetisation even for commodities such as potato and milk that were till recently in short supply

Agriculture an exception, fertiliser sales jump 45% in April despite lockdown
Mon, May 04, 2020

Lockdown makes no difference to demand, as nutrient sales posts sixth consecutive month of double-digit growth

After pharma, pesticide industry eyes make in India opportunity from Covid
Sat, May 02, 2020

The big opportunity the Indian industry has to undertake is manufacturing of active ingredients that are scheduled to lose patent protection in the next few years.

The Covid nudge: Labour shortage makes Punjab, Haryana farmers switch from paddy to cotton
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Paddy transplanting in the two states is done by over 10 lakh labourers, mostly seasonal migrants from Bihar and UP. There is uncertainty over their availability this time.

Grain stocks hit record high of 73.85 million tonnes in April
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

The wheat stocks of 24.7 mt were 3.3 times the necessary level of 7.46 mt for April 1, when the procurement season for the new crop also starts.

Weak credit pushes cash in hand to highest level since 2007-08
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

The share of money held in the form of currency, both by the public and as cash with banks, has hit the highest level since 2007-08.

Explained: How oil price crash impacts sugar, what it means for India
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Exports slowing down and not much domestic lifting of sugar by institutional consumers has significantly undermined the ability of mills to make cane payments.

The unsung corona warriors
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Despite odds and amid crises, farmers deliver produce. Today, farmers need government

Ways and Means Advances: what is it, and how far will relaxation of limit help?
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

The Ways and Means Advances (WMA) window is intended only to tide over temporary mismatches in cash flow of receipts and payments.

After harvesting, the next farm challenge: seeds for kharif
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Companies are racing against time to make available hybrids and high yielding varieties of paddy, maize, cotton and soyabean.

From UP to Maharashtra, farmers say problem not in the field but in market
Mon, Apr 13, 2020

Farmers generally keep the crop harvested in March-April in these on-field raised platform structures (to prevent moisture ingress that cause the bulbs to sprout) and sell in tranches till September-October.

Higher spend, slump in revenues start straining finances of states
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

On Tuesday, 19 states sought to borrow an aggregate sum of Rs 37,500 crore through sale of bonds, with tenures ranging from two to 15 years, conducted on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) auction platform.

COVID-19 impact: States struggle to raise monies amid fiscal uncertainty
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

Simply put, the borrowing costs for states have gone up by almost one percentage point in less than a month’s time.

As hotels and eateries shut, palm oil consumption dips
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

India’s imports of crude palm oil (CPO) and RBD (refined, bleached and de-odourised) palmolein stood at 3.35 lakh tonnes (lt) in March, a steep 58.2 per cent drop compared to 8.02 lt for the same month of 2019.

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