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Indian rapeseed output decline

This article was originally published in The Public Ledger

INDIA’S rapeseed output is likely to drop by a quarter in the crop year ending June 30, meaning that vegetable oil imports by the world’s top buyer could rise by about 500,000 tonnes in the import year ending October 31, trade officials said. The expected drop in rapeseed production reflects a likely decline in output in Rajasthan, the north Indian state that produces about half of the country’s output. Lower plantings in the state have reduced India’s total rapeseed acreage by 10.5% to 6.5m hectares in 2012 from previous year, federal farm ministry data shows.


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