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Subramani Mancombu

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Subramani Ra Mancombu is a journalist based in Chennai, who writes on topics in commodities and agriculture.

India's sugar exports seen lower than last season on logistics woes

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India's sugar exports seen lower than last season on logistics woes

India’s sugar export chances were also seen bright since for the second consecutive year sugar production in Thailand, which accounts for 80-85 percent Indonesia’s sugar imports, is expected to be low.

Explained | Lithium, its importance in EV batteries, where India is placed and the China factor

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Explained | Lithium, its importance in EV batteries, where India is placed and the China factor

All the essential questions about lithium and why the commodity is so vital to the electric vehicle space answered.

2 reasons why gold prices have been falling

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2 reasons why gold prices have been falling

Analysts say that there could be another $100 fall in gold, though technical charts show good support in the $1,775-1,780 range. If gold manages to rise from its current level, it could face resistance around 1,825 levels.

Onion prices in India increase on January rains, exports hit as well

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Onion prices in India increase on January rains, exports hit as well

Delay in arrivals of the late kharif crop and rain In Maharashtra have pushed up onion prices by about Rs 1,000 a quintal since February 1, which has also made exports unviable.

Rice exports get a push, Andhra allows use of Kakinada deep-water port

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Rice exports get a push, Andhra allows use of Kakinada deep-water port

The Andhra Pradesh government has allowed the use of Kakinada deep-water port for rice exports to help clear congestion at the Kakinada anchorage port.

Budget’s gold import duty cut main door to success of other reforms: WGC India MD

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Budget’s gold import duty cut main door to success of other reforms: WGC India MD

Somasundaram said Nirmala Sitharaman could, perhaps, have given a one-time capital gain exemption for gold.

Three reasons behind #silversqueeze in the global market and its impact on India

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Three reasons behind #silversqueeze in the global market and its impact on India

Prices on the futures market zoomed by 13 percent before the shine gave way to reason, though silver ended with 6.3 percent gain at USD 28.70. However, the hammering continued on February 2 with prices declining further by 5.5 percent to USD 27.80.

Budget 2021 | FM Sitharaman's proposal to cut import duty on steel to help MSMEs, domestic users

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Budget 2021 | FM Sitharaman's proposal to cut import duty on steel to help MSMEs, domestic users

The Budget 2021 proposal comes at a time when steel users have bitterly complained against the recent hikes, resulting in prices rising by over 40 percent since June last year.

Budget 2021: Bullion sector hopes glitter as Nirmala Sitharaman cuts duty on precious metals, raw materials

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Budget 2021: Bullion sector hopes glitter as Nirmala Sitharaman cuts duty on precious metals, raw materials

Sitharaman has proposed a five percentage point cut in import duty on gold and silver. But the precious metals will attract a 2.5 percent Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess (AIDC) taking the total value of duty to a little over 10 percent.

Budget 2021 proposes 'level-playing field' for farmers by raising customs duty, imposing cess on key agricultural imports

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Budget 2021 proposes 'level-playing field' for farmers by raising customs duty, imposing cess on key agricultural imports

The Centre has proposed to raise the exemption limit for agriculture income to Rs 2.5 lakhs from the earlier Rs 5,000 in the overall computation of income tax of individuals.

Pepper imports from Sri Lanka up 10% in December, domestic growers worried

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Pepper imports from Sri Lanka up 10% in December, domestic growers worried

Pepper is imported duty-free by the oleoresin industry, which argues that Indian pepper is unsuitable in view of its lower oil content, a claim contested by growers.

Economic Survey 2021: Agriculture sector the silver lining during COVID-19, may grow 3.4% this crop year

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Economic Survey 2021: Agriculture sector the silver lining during COVID-19, may grow 3.4% this crop year

The farm laws are “a remedy and not malady” for farmers from various restrictions they faced in marketing their produce, the survey has said.

India's sugar production estimated lower at 30.2 million tonnes on UP woes

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India's sugar production estimated lower at 30.2 million tonnes on UP woes

The lower estimates are mainly on account of Uttar Pradesh, the biggest sugar producer in the country, where mills are expected to produce 10.5 million tonnes of the sweetener compared to 12.63 million tonnes the previous season.

Castor oil exports rise to four-year high on Chinese buying

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Castor oil exports rise to four-year high on Chinese buying

While castor oil exports increased last year, castor meal shipments dropped to 3.16 lakh tonnes during April-December last year compared with 4.79 lakh tonnes the previous year. Meal exports showed a rising trend in December, though.

Kraft paper price rises despite lower demand for corrugated boxes

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Kraft paper price rises despite lower demand for corrugated boxes

Kraft paper manufacturers are unwilling to cut prices, saying they are finding it difficult to source waste paper.

Natural rubber prices stablise after slipping from 6-year high

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Natural rubber prices stablise after slipping from 6-year high

Rubber Board of India data shows that production picked up in November due to the price uptrend, though it was down during the first seven months of the current fiscal.

Global maize price spike holds domestic rate stable despite bird flu impact on poultry sector

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Global maize price spike holds domestic rate stable despite bird flu impact on poultry sector

At least 11 States have been affected by the bird flu outbreak in India leading to culling of thousands of poultry birds. The outbreak has affected consumption of poultry products such as egg and meat to some extent.

Cotton price spike in global market, raise hope of higher exports from India

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Cotton price spike in global market, raise hope of higher exports from India

Cotton Association of India (CAI) President Atul Ganatra said export demand is currently slow due to novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in Europe and few more countries. His association has pegged exports at 54 lakh bales this season.

Indian onions outpriced in global market on higher domestic price, shipping woes

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Indian onions outpriced in global market on higher domestic price, shipping woes

Onions prices have been climbing since the beginning of 2021 after the government lifted the ban on exports that was imposed in September when rates began to surge.

Steel sector, users in for more shocks as iron ore prices rise further

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Steel sector, users in for more shocks as iron ore prices rise further

Iron ore prices have gained 7.25-9 percent for various grades since the beginning of 2021. This follows an 80 percent spike in ore prices in the previous year.

Wheat prices in India rise on export demand, surge in global market

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Wheat prices in India rise on export demand, surge in global market

In the global market, wheat has gained a little over three percent since the beginning of 2021 to 661 US cents a bushel. Lower crops from Russia and Argentina will boost demand for Indian wheat.

Turmeric prices rise in India on demand pick-up, fears of lower output

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Turmeric prices rise in India on demand pick-up, fears of lower output

On National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), unpolished turmeric for delivery in April ruled at Rs 6,198 on January 13. According to NCDEX, spot prices have increased to Rs 5,725 from Rs 5,582 a week ago.

Indonesia may emerge as the biggest importer of Indian sugar

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Indonesia may emerge as the biggest importer of Indian sugar

Iran continues to use the accounts for buying these commodities but the amount in the accounts is depleting.

Potato prices crash 70% from November peak on higher arrivals

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Potato prices crash 70% from November peak on higher arrivals

One reason for the sharp drop is that potato farmers went in for early cultivation to take advantage of higher prices in November.

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