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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Harish Damodaran


Where Piyush Goyal is right: investments in infrastructure is different from money brought in to finance losses
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

It’s possible that the minister’s harangue against Amazon was aimed more at small shopkeepers and traders, the ruling BJP’s original support base, ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections.

Explained: How to read high food prices
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Retail food inflation for December has touched a more than six-year high. When are prices likely to fall? And what could prevent that from happening? What steps can the government take?

Price stabilisation: Buffer’s time has come
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

NDDB not keeping a reserve stock of milk powder and butter has proved costly for both producers and consumers

Fresh concerns for basmati exporters awaiting Iran dues
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

Rice exporters alone are said to be stuck with receivables of Rs 800-900 crore against shipments made till June 2019.

Weather and agriculture: Food inflation returns despite best rainfall in 25 years
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

2019 was extraordinary for crop damage caused by too much rather than too little rain. The prospects for rabi, however, look good.

Ongoing anti-CAA protests speak of a pent-up frustration at dwindling opportunities, a bleaker future
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

The current protests are, by contrast, not confined to any particular community or sector. Their universality derives precisely from the fact that the economy is today faced with a general growth slowdown sparing no sector or industry.

Year-ender: Will 2020 be better for agriculture?
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

Farm prices looking up, along with bumper rabi production, can set the stage for long overdue turnaround.

After onion, milk price hike is new headache for government
Mon, Dec 16, 2019

Contrast this to the period since 2010 before this government assumed office, which saw the MRP of full-cream milk in the Delhi-NCR market going up by Rs 18 per litre, while amounting to Rs 14 for toned milk.

At 10.01 per cent, food inflation in double digits after six years
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

What is striking is how quickly it has risen — from just 2.99 per cent in August to 5.11 per cent in September, 7.89 per cent in October to 10.01 per cent last month.

Real rural wages plunge 3.8 per cent in September
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

The daily wage rate in rural India for male workers across 25 occupations (12 agricultural and 13 non-agricultural) averaged Rs 331.29 during September, as per field data compiled by the Labour Bureau.

Explained: Sowing a new Seeds regime
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Govt plans to change existing law to ensure availability of quality seeds to farmers. How will the proposed Bill to replace The Seeds Act, 1966 meet its objective of ‘regulating quality of seeds for sale, import, export’?

Looking up: The farm hope
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

The ongoing price recovery in major crops is in danger of being stymied by knee-jerk government response.

This is India’s first ever slowdown at a time of political as well as macroeconomic stability
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

Unlike all the earlier downturns whose precursors/triggers were supply-side constraints in food and forex, macroeconomic imprudence or external shocks, what we are now experiencing is more of a ‘Western-style’ slowdown exacerbated by internal policy misadventures.

Global opportunity: Shipping out trouble
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

India’s sugar exports are set to hit a record high this year, providing some respite to the beleaguered industry.

Agriculture trade: It’s only sugar ‘n’ spice for India’s farm shipments now
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Barring these two, exports of most commodities have taken a hit from global headwinds this year

Bottoming out: A recovery, finally?
Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Prices of most farm produce are looking up. That, together with the country’s best monsoon in 25 years, holds out some hope for the economy.

Edible oil body advises against import of Malaysian palm oil
Tue, Oct 22, 2019

As per Commerce Ministry data, India’s vegetable oil imports were valued at Rs 69,023.79 cr in 2018-19 and Rs 27,972.27 cr during April-August 2019.

Will 1,646 fodder camps for 11 lakh cattle count in Maharashtra polls?
Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Out of the 1,646 fodder camps, the maximum were opened in Beed (549, with 3.49 lakh animals), Ahmednagar (507 and 3.34 lakh), Solapur (248 and 1.75 lakh) and Osmanabad (92 and 0.85 lakh) districts.

Why farmers don’t like direct cash transfers
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The main reason for rejecting the DCT (as opposed to DBT) option was the belief that paying market price for fertilisers upfront would result in additional financial burden.

Explained: Why dairy is RCEP sticking point
Fri, Oct 11, 2019

It is the industry that is lobbying the hardest to keep its products out of the free trade agreement currently under negotiation among16 countries to India’s east and north. Why is this so?