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India’s wettest monsoon in 25 years could yield record 2020 wheat output

(Reuters) – India’s wheat production could jump to a second consecutive annual record in 2020 as the wettest monsoon in 25 years is set to help farmers in expanding the area under the winter-sown crop while also boosting yields, industry officials told Reuters. But that higher production would add to India’s already swelling inventories, potentially […] Read more

India to get above-average monsoon rains in next two weeks

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India is likely to get above-average rainfall in the next two weeks after receiving below average rains in the past two weeks, a weather department official said on Thursday, helping summer-sown crops that were wilting in some areas due to a dry spell. Monsoon rains are crucial for farm output and economic […] Read more

India set for record edible oil imports as scanty rains trim output

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India’s edible oil imports are likely to rise 7.3 percent in 2019/20 to a record high as weak monsoon rains curtail yields of summer-sown oilseeds such as soybeans and groundnut, a senior industry official said. Higher purchases by the world’s biggest edible oil importer could support palm oil prices that are under […] Read more


Monsoon covers half of India, to accelerate crop sowing

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favourable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said on Monday. The monsoon’s progress will help farmers to accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to a […] Read more

India's production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump in 2018 as a hike in the government's assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials told Reuters. | File photo

India’s wheat, pulses output seen rising, to curb imports-trade

MUMBAI, Nov 29 (Reuters) — India’s production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump in 2018 as a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials told Reuters. Higher production will help the south Asian country reduce imports of pulses […] Read more


India’s potash subsidy cut makes waves in Canada

Higher prices could reduce how much Indian farmers use, which could slash exports from several Saskatchewan potash producers

MUMBAI, India — An Indian ministry has proposed slashing potash subsidies by 17 percent in the next fiscal year to reduce the country’s deficit, officials said. It is a move that would hit demand in one of the world’s largest potash importers. Although global prices have been falling, a reduction in government support in India, […] Read more

India monsoon rains could be below average

MUMBAI, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Monsoon rains in India, the world’s second-biggest producer of rice and sugar, could be lighter than average this year in the absence of the La Nina weather pattern, two senior officials at the state-run weather department said on Wednesday. Rainfall in September could be up to 15 percent less than […] Read more