Raw sugar prices in New York have fallen since February because of bumper production in Brazil and less-than-expected imports by India, a trader said.
Jewellers are not complaining about loss of business as hardly anybody buys jewellery at this time of the year, but the tax rankles.
The truckers’ gain, however, is a loss for small vendors and hawkers who did brisk business at choke points on highways.
The acreage under pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereals, rice, sugarcane and cotton increased from a year earlier, but that under jute fell.
Producers of pickles, jam, tomato ketchup, however, complained that GST had raised the taxation level and said sales had slumped after the onset of the new regime.
Micro irrigation has not been notified in the GST list that has been released, and industry insiders said they fear it could be in 18% or 28% slab.
A major advantage of pig farming is that they can be fed on fibrous low-quality agro byproducts and material that are not suitable for human consumption, a good way to boost agricultural incomes.
They attribute their hardship to reduction of import duty on grains when the crop was being harvested and inadequate procurement of grains, pulses and oilseeds at the support price.
Agriculture minister has accused opposition parties of trying to instigate farmers in BJP-ruled states, adding the government is doing more than enough for farmers.
In Madhya Pradesh more than 17 irrigation projects have been put on fast track and are likely to be completed ahead of schedule, officials said.
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