20 Apr 17
|Sugar futures fall after Cabinet extends cap on stocks by 6 months|
Indian sugar futures fell on Wednesday after the cabinet extended by six months a limit on the quantity of sugar that mills can hold, in a move to contain high local prices.
13 Apr 17
|Detergent prices to rise as chemical duty kicks in|
Consumers are staring at a second hike in prices of detergents within a fortnight, with the government slapping an anti-dumping duty on a key input in manufacturing detergents.
06 Apr 17
|Heavy rain helps Assam tea industry clear stock, but production to decline|
A tea garden worker plucks tea leaves inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India.
05 Mar 17
|A better way to track various commodities?|
Frank Yiannas has spent years looking in vain for a better way to track lettuce, steaks and snack cakes from farm and factory to the shelves of Walmart, where he is the vice-president for food safety.
03 Mar 17
|Cotton exports might lose thread over Chinese offtake|
India’s cotton exports are likely to decline by 20 per cent this year, following the Chinese government’s decision to auction its own fibre stock. Indian exporters will thus not be able to reap the benefit of high international prices.
13 Feb 17
|Government plans merger of commodity boards|
The Commerce Ministry is planning merger of the commodity boards and set up an umbrella organisation in order to improve production and exports of plantation crops like tea, coffee and spices.
09 Feb 17
|Raw jute prices fall on 10% dilution plan|
Prices of raw jute are going downhill with the Union textiles ministry’s plan to go for dilution of the mandatory jute packaging order and dwindling crop supplies triggered by demonetisation.
05 Feb 17
|Contract farming law may cover all agriculture commodities|
The proposed model law on contract farming, which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced in his Budget speech on Wednesday, could encompass all the agricultural commodities and not restrict itself to only one or two commodities.
19 Dec 16
|Flexible packaging makers react to polymer price rise|
Polymer prices are likely to rise by 10 per cent in the wake of a sharp increase in crude oil prices. This is already prompting users i.e. flexible packaging material manufacturers, to shift to value-added products.
15 Dec 16
|Note ban takes away Pakistan cotton export relief cushion|
While Pakistan recently lifted the ban on cotton imports from India, Indian exporters are unable to capitalise on the move.
30 Nov 16
|E-payments don't enthuse jute workers|
Despite the jute sector’s attempt at paying wages to 250,000-odd workers through electronic transfer to their bank accounts, a section of the workers are likely to face hardship as they don’t have bank accounts.
22 Nov 16
|Jute mill owners want government procurement of crop|
The scrapping of high-value currency notes has halted the trade in raw jute and mill owners want government-run Jute Corporation of India (JCI) to procure the crop.