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UNION AGRICULTURE MINISTER SHARAD PAWAR ASSERTS FOOD PRICES TO COME DOWN FROM APRIL

food-price-3The government however has said it is confident food prices will start easing from April when the rabi harvest hits the market. The situation will definitely change after March-end, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said. Food inflation has been hovering around 17-18% over the last few weeks, driven by high prices of certain items such as potatoes, pulses and sugar. Sharad Pawar, however, attributed the high level of inflation partly to low-base year. He said the inflation is high because the current price is compared with the rates of the year-ago period. He said that they have to admit that prices of important items like rice, wheat, pulses and sugar are showing declining trends. When asked about the recent decision of the government to allow sugar exports to the European Union, Sharad Pawar said he was not aware of it. Directorate general of foreign trade has recently allowed export of 10,000 tonnes of sugar to the EU. Commenting on the sugar price, Sharad Pawar said sugar futures in international markets are showing declining trend. The minister also said that crop condition is good so far and the country may harvest more wheat than last year’s record production of 80.58 million tonnes. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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