All stories by Dilip Kumar Jha
Poultry farmers in Karnataka, Kerala hit by bird fluRediff.com21 Mar 2020
Farmers in the two states have reportedly begun culling chickens, while the state governments have restricted supply of chicken across their borders.
Coronavirus fears halt export of buffalo meatRediff.com15 Mar 2020
Since 2013-14, buffalo meat had been the largest export item in the agri commodity basket for a few years. Since the coronavirus outbreak in January, Indian exporters have received no fresh orders from Southeast Asian and West Asian countries, which cumulatively contribute nearly 65 per cent of India's overall buffalo meat shipment.
Potato prices jump by 25% due to crop damage, rainsRediff.com13 Mar 2020
Farmers reported a massive crop damage in transit in addition to huge quantity of the potato left unharvested due to mud in the field.
Onion prices shoot up as export curbs are liftedRediff.com28 Feb 2020
At the benchmark Lasalgaon Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandi, the model onion price shot up to Rs 21.50 a kg on Thursday, as against Rs 16.50 a kg on Wednesday. This was the highest since February 11.
Roses to become pricier by 20-25% as demand rises ahead of Valentine's DayRediff.com13 Feb 2020
Demand has also jumped from abroad, including the European Union and America.
Valentine's Day: Silver's the NEW shade of love!Rediff.com10 Feb 2020
Why millennials are choosing silver over gold this Valentine's Day.
Poultry prices decline amid rumours of coronavirus spreading to birdsRediff.com7 Feb 2020
Since coronavirus broke out in a few cities in China and a couple of cases were spotted in India as well, rumours claimed for the first time that it was carried by birds.
Onion prices fall 40 pc in a week at Lasalgaon mandiRediff.com29 Jan 2020
Data from the Nashik-based National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation showed that onion was trading at at Rs 24 a kg on Tuesday in the benchmark Lasalgaon mandi in Nashik district of Maharashtra. That's a fall of four per cent since Monday and 40 per cent from Rs 40 a kg on January 20, a level not seen since November 6, 2019. It continues to sell at Rs 40-44 a kg in retail markets across the country.
India facing a bumper wheat crop, shows dataRediff.com28 Jan 2020
Data compiled by National Collateral Management Services (NCML, a non-government body) shows a 6.3 per cent rise to 109 million tonnes (mt). The Union ministry of agriculture's first advance estimate was 100.5 mt, as compared to 102 mt in last year's fourth advance estimate.
After Dec's surge, veggie prices dip on rise in arrivalsRediff.com15 Jan 2020
Prices have continued to move up in Delhi's markets, wholesale and retail, on supply worries and spoilage due to record cold weather.
Why poultry, mutton prices have surged by 20%Rediff.com2 Jan 2020
Mutton is retailing here at Rs 600 a kg, from Rs 500 a kg about a month before. Price of broiler chicken is Rs 150-160 a kg, as compared to Rs 130 a kg earlier.
Silver price jumps 8% in two weeks; gold follows suitRediff.com27 Dec 2019
Gold-silver ratio indicates more upsurge possible for the white metal.
Explained: The Onion Story, in chartsRediff.com16 Dec 2019
Experts believe the rising prices may encourage farmers to bring in additional areas for under onion cultivation during the rabi season, which may boost the precious bulb's output, reports Dilip Kumar Jha.
Farmers are worried despite high onion pricesRediff.com12 Dec 2019
Despite onion prices hitting Rs 130 a kg in the wholesale market, farmers have not gained enough to make a profit this season. Farmers and other stakeholders in the value chain estimate that 30 per cent crop damage this kharif season would result in a decline of about 2 million tonnes in output from Lasalgaon district alone. Similar crop damage across the country could lead to an onion shortage of nearly 7 million tonnes this year.
Why onion farmers are harvesting premature cropRediff.com11 Dec 2019
Farmers in Nashik district, Maharashtra - a major producer of onion - have started harvesting the premature crop to cash in on the high prices in mandis. Good-quality onion was quoted at Rs 93.50 a kg on the higher side. However, the poorest-quality onion was selling at Rs 25.50 a kg on Wednesday as against Rs 20 a kg on Tuesday. Thus, the model price of onion works out to Rs 70-75 a kg in Lasalgaon, translating into Rs 100-125 a kg in the retail markets of the country.
Onion prices may decline by half in 2 weeksRediff.com11 Dec 2019
Onion prices are likely to decline by 50 per cent in the next two weeks, as arrivals of seasonal and pre-seasonal varieties of "red onions" from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka increase sharply. Arrival of pre-matured onions has already brought down prices by 42 per cent since Sunday.
How not to get duped by rogue jewellersRediff.com20 Nov 2019
The industry body has issued two advisories in an attempt to restore jewellers credibility in the wake of the Rs 12,000-crore PNB-Nirav Modi scam, and recent defaults by two domestic jewellers - Goodwin and Rasiklal.
Gold is selling at a premium for the first time since BudgetRediff.com15 Nov 2019
The yellow metal now trades at a 0.5 per cent premium over its landed cost, compared to a 4 per cent discount in mid-September because jewellers have voluntarily withdrawn the display of cash price from their website.
Code of conduct soon for jewellersRediff.com13 Nov 2019
Confidence had ebbed in the last few years due to default by some errant domestic retailers and exporters. Moreover, many jewellers are believed to have diverted the fund collected through monthly deposit schemes to pay 'mark-to-market' margins on various loans.
Mumbai sees green vegetable prices double in 4 weeksRediff.com12 Nov 2019
'The availability of vegetables has gone down due to fewer arrivals in wholesale mandis. Their supply was disrupted because of low yields and high spoilage,' says Shyam Bhimraoji Karlekar, chairman, APMC Wardha, one of the largest sellers of vegetables in Maharashtra.
India's pulse imports to rise this yearRediff.com7 Nov 2019
Scenario is precarious for urad with almost half the crop damaged in major growing states, tur quota of 400,000 tonnes already exhausted.
Onion prices spurt to four-year highRediff.com5 Nov 2019
Onion is currently trading between Rs 70 and Rs 80 in retail markets across the country.
As demand revives, festival season likely to cheer jewellersRediff.com18 Oct 2019
Discounts and incentives are attractions jewelleres are offering along with new designs to woo customers to boost sales ahead of Diwali.
Will China throw a lifeline for India's agri exports?Rediff.com13 Oct 2019
On the occasion of Chinese president Xi Jinping's two-day visit, Indian exporters are looking for a big boost in export of agricultural commodities, especially the ones that have been impacted by the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.
As Maharashtra farmers protest, onion prices soar againRediff.com9 Oct 2019
Assembly elections in Maharashtra are scheduled later this month. The farmer protests are likely to affect the results, especially in the onion-growing belt of Nashik.
Farmers' protest over onion stock leads to price fallRediff.com1 Oct 2019
With auctions unable to proceed, the median onion price declined 17 per cent or Rs 6 a kg to trade at Rs 30 a kg on Monday, with arrivals of around 500 tonnes.
After onion, now tomato prices go up thanks to rainsRediff.com29 Sep 2019
Trade sources believe that tomato supply from Maharashtra has slumped due to incessant rain in the state towards the fag end of the monsoon season, reports Dilip Kumar Jha.
At Rs 60 a kg, onion makes Mumbai cryRediff.com24 Sep 2019
Onion has become costlier by over 33 per cent in the last one week and over 70 per cent in September so far, reports Dilip Kumar Jha.
Onion price hits 20-month high despite govt's measuresRediff.com17 Sep 2019
At Lasalgaon mandi, Asia's largest onion selling market, the onion price jumped Rs 1.50 a kg to Rs 32 a kg, the highest since January last year.
US-China trade war a 'golden' opportunity for IndiaRediff.com12 Sep 2019
The US is the largest consumer of gems and jewellery in the world contributing nearly 40 per cent of global production. If India can tap the opportunity, its overall exports to the US could jump by 10 per cent to $ 11 billion this year.
Trade war pushes gold futures to record highRediff.com26 Aug 2019
Since the Union Budget, gold has become costlier by 8-9 per cent because of a 2.5 per cent increase in import duty to 12.5 per cent and about a 5 per cent depreciation in the rupee.
As supply slumps, onions prices rise by up to 76%Rediff.com22 Aug 2019
The crop is currently trading at Rs 22 a kg compared to Rs 12.50 one month ago.
Customers hope for windfall, put off selling old goldRediff.com15 Aug 2019
Forecasts of a further rise in bullion prices keep Indians away from selling gold.
Why vegetable prices are going through the roofRediff.com13 Aug 2019
Vegetable arrivals at mandis, especially in Maharashtra, have declined by more than 50 per cent since the beginning of the month.
Why jewellers are returning to the unorganized sectorRediff.com7 Aug 2019
They are now scaling or shutting down their businesses because they can't compete with untaxed grey market gold. India's gold smuggling has increased significantly since the import duty was increased in the Union Budget 2019 in contravention with the broader market expectations of a cut.
As prices hit 7-year-high, Indians sell record amount of old goldRediff.com2 Aug 2019
Consumers during the quarter sold 37.9 tonnes of old gold, which is the highest quarterly sale after September 2016, when old gold sale, or scrap supply, was 39 tonnes.
Non-basmati rice export falls after govt withdraws tax sopsRediff.com30 Jul 2019
In order to help farmers, the government has increased minimum support price for the last several years. This has made Indian rice uncompetitive for exports.
Monsoon delay puts pressure on margin of agri input cosRediff.com26 Jul 2019
With monsoon rainfall 16% below the long-period average, total sowing area is down by 7% at 56.7 million hectares so far this season.
Vegetable prices soar over supply shortageRediff.com19 Jul 2019
Deficient rains in west, flooding in north play havoc with crop cycles.
Bring on the biryani, basmati rice is cheaper by 12%Rediff.com16 Jul 2019
With satisfactory progress of monsoon rainfalls prompting farmers to bring in additional area under basmati sowing, prices are set to fall lower going forward.