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Tomato price reaches Rs.80, highest after onion’s rate

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After onions, the retail price of tomatoes shot up to Rs. 80 per kilogram in the national capital on Wednesday due to supply disruption caused by heavy rains in key growing states, including Karnataka.

However, the price of onions has come down marginally compared to last week and is now hovering around Rs. 60 per kg in the national capital.

According to traders, tomatoes have turned costlier in the last few days as supplies have been impacted.

At Mother Dairy’s Safal outlets, tomatoes are being sold at Rs. 58 per kg, while local vendors are selling between Rs. 60 and 80 per kg on Wednesday, depending on the quality and locality, they said.

As per the central government data, the average retail price of tomato in Delhi increased to Rs. 54 per kg on Wednesday from Rs. 45 per kg on October 1.

“Tomato prices have increased sharply in the last few days as the supply has been affected because of floods and heavy rains in the key growing states,” a wholesale trader at Azadpur Mandi.

Southern states like Karnataka and Telangana as well as some hilly states have witnessed rains in the last few days, which has led to damage of the crop, creating a supply disruption, he added.

The retail price of tomatoes in other metros was also ruling high. Tomato was quoted at Rs. 60 per kg in Kolkata, Rs. 54 per kg in Mumbai and Rs. 40 per kg in Chennai on Wednesday, as per the government data.

Meanwhile, the price of onions in retail markets in Delhi has come down to below Rs. 60 per kg due to an increase in the supply of the bulb by the central government through cooperatives Nafed, NCCF, and Mother Dairy. These cooperatives are selling onions at a cheaper rate of Rs. 23.90 per kg.

However, the price is still on the higher side of the retail market.

These entities are selling onions from the buffer stock maintained by the central government. Out of 56,700 tonnes of onion stored as buffer stock, 18,000 tonnes have been offloaded in different markets, including Delhi.

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243 farmers committed suicide in Telangana :Reports

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243 farmers committed suicide in Telangana :Reports

The Telangana government on Thursday released a total compensation of Rs 14.58 crore of towards payment of ex gratia to families of 243 farmers who committed suicide due to a bad season.

Each family will get a compensation of Rs six lakh, according to the order.

It says: “After careful examination of the matter, the government accords administrative sanction for an amount of Rs 14.58 crore to the Commissioner for Relief.”

The highest farmer suicide was reported in Nalgonda (45) Khammam (32) followed by Sangareddy (20), as per government data.

 According to NCRB State/UT-wise information on the number of suicides committed by farmers/cultivators during the year 2015.

Maharashtra topped the list with 3,030 suicide followed by 1,358 such suicides in Telangana and 1,197 suicides in Karnataka, accounting for 37.8 percent, 17.0 percent and 14.9 percent of total such suicides(8,007) respectively during 2015.

Chhattisgarh (854 suicides), Madhya Pradesh (581 suicides) and Andhra Pradesh (516 suicides) accounted for 10.7 percent, 7.3 percent and 6.4 percent of the total farmer/cultivators suicides reported in the country respectively.

These 6 States together reported 94.1 percent of the total farmer/cultivators suicides (7,536 out of 8,007 suicides) in the country during 2015.

A total of 42.7 percent suicides in Maharashtra (1,293 out of 3,030 suicides), 79.0 percent in Karnataka (946 out of 1,197 suicides) and 46.5 percent suicides in Telangana (632 out of 1,358 suicides) were due to ‘Bankruptcy or Indebtedness’.

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India exports large Robusta variety of coffee bean than Arabica and instant coffee

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India exports large Robusta variety of coffee bean than Arabica and instant coffee

Coffee shipments from India, Asia’s third-largest producer, and exporter, remained flat at 2,38,669 tonnes so far this calendar year with maximum shipments made to Italy, as per the Coffee Board.

The country had shipped 2,37,780 tonnes of the coffee bean during January-July in the previous year, its data showed.

India exports large volumes of Robusta variety of coffee bean, followed by Arabica and instant coffee.

According to the board, the export of Robusta coffee rose to 1,35,892 tonnes until July 2019, from 1,26,254 tonnes in the year-ago period.

Arabica coffee shipments, however, declined to 37,609 tonnes from 40,795 tonnes in the said period.

Even shipment of instant coffee showed a decline as volumes dropped to 12,504 tonnes during January-July of this calendar year from 16,303 tonnes in the same period in 2018.

Re-export of coffee was also slightly down at 52,513 tonnes from 54,222 tonnes in the period under review.

Of the total exports, more than 55,000 tonnes of coffee is estimated to have been shipped to Italy, followed by over 25,000 tonnes to Germany and about 16,000 tonnes to Russian Federation. The country’s coffee output is pegged at 3,19,500 tonnes for the 2018-19 marketing year (October-November), as against 3,16,000 tonnes in the previous marketing year.

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Summer crop planting down by 6.9 %: Agriculture Ministry data

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Indian farmers planted an array of summer-sown crops on 56.7 million hectares, down 6.9% year on year, agriculture ministry data showed on Friday, narrowing the sowing gap estimate from the previous week.

Farmers start planting rice, corn, cotton, soybeans, sugarcane, and peanuts among other crops from June 1, when monsoon rains are expected to reach India. Nearly half of India’s farmland lacks irrigation and planting usually lasts until July.

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare keeps updating the provisional sowing figures beyond July as it gathers more information from the state governments. The planting figures are also subject to revision depending on the progress of the June-September monsoon season.

Planting of rice, the key summer crop, was at 14 million hectares on Friday, against 15.1 million hectares at the same time last year, the ministry said. Corn planting was at 5.5 million hectares, almost unchanged from the same period last year.

The area planted with cotton was at 9.6 million hectares, down from 9.3 million hectares at the same time last year.

Sowing of soybeans, the main summer oilseed crop, was at 8 million hectares, compared with 9 million hectares at the same time in 2018.

Other crop plantings, such as pulses and sugar cane, were also down year on year.

India’s monsoon rains were 20% below average in the week ending on Wednesday, with summer showers having turned patchy over the central, western and southern parts of the country.

Overall, India has received 16% lower than average rain since the monsoon season began on June 1.

Monsoon typically brings rainfall between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 89 cm (35 inches) during the four-month season, according to India’s weather office.

Water levels in India’s main reservoirs were at 24% of their storage capacity, against 32% at the same time last year, the latest government data shows. The average for the past 10 years is 28%.

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