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Agriculture
Global sugar output forecast at 124.4 mt
WORLD centrifugal sugar production in 2000-01 is forecast at 124.4 million tonnes (raw value), down six per cent from the record level set last year and the lowest outturn in four years, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said in its latest Worl d Sugar Situation report.

Rootwilt disease spreads to TN coconut gardens
ROOTWILT disease which is widely spread in Kerala's coconut palms has now seem to have spilled over to the plantations in Tamil Nadu's Cumbum valley.

Nitish Kumar assumes charge -- `Special task force on agriculture soon'
THE Government is considering setting up a special task force to go into the entire gamut of farm-related issues, including those pertaining to agricultural terms of trade and providing remunerative prices for farm produce, facilitating capital formation , credit delivery and other measures required to double food production in the next 10 years and ensuring a minimum four per cent annual growth for the sector.

Panic in edible oils market on customs hike reports
THERE is panic in the edible oils market within the country and outside in the wake of strong rumours - some say, reports - of an imminent hike in the rate of customs duty on edible oil imports. Most dealers are hesitant to put through deals.

Commodities
Silver falls to $4.9/ounce
SILVER weakened last week, even dropping below $4.90 per ounce, despite a generally positive market survey by Gold Fields Minerals Services that suggested silver prices will remain in a $ 4.90/oz and $ 5.50/oz range.


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