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FAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable...

July 02, 2020: In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals and meat markets, most prices remained under downward pressure amid market uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 93.2 points in June, some 2.4 percent higher than the previous month.

Effective from July 2020, the price coverage of the Food Price Index has been expanded and its base period revised from 2002- 2004 to 2014-2016. For more details on this revision, see the feature article published in the June 2020 issue of the FAO Food Outlook. A November 2013 article contains technical background on the previous construction of the Index.

The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index gained 11.3 percent in June, after declining for four consecutive months. The rebound mainly reflects a sharp rise in palm oil prices due to recovering global import demand, following the easing of COVID-19 related lockdowns in a number of countries, and concerns over possible production setbacks amid prolonged migrant labour shortages. Price quotations of soy, sunflower and rapeseed oils also went up.

The FAO Sugar Price Index climbed 10.6 percent in June from the previous month. The surge in crude oil prices provided strong support to sugar markets, encouraging Brazil's sugar mills to use more sugarcane supplies to produce ethanol instead of sugar, thereby affecting sugar export availabilities and prices.

The FAO Dairy Price Index rose by 4.0 percent from May, marking the first increase after four months of successive declines. Renewed import demand for spot supplies, especially from the Middle East and East Asia, coupled with seasonally declining supplies in Europe and limited availability of uncommitted supplies in Oceania, underpinned the recent price increases.

The FAO Cereal Price Index declined 0.6 percent from May. Downward pressure on wheat prices in June was in part due to new harvests in the northern hemisphere and improved production prospects in a number of major exporting countries, including the Black Sea region.

The FAO Meat Price Index fell 0.6 percent from May, averaging 6.0 percent below its June 2019 value. Bovine meat and poultry price quotations fell, largely due to increased export availabilities in major producing regions, whereas pig meat prices registered a small increase, mostly in Europe, on the expectation of the further easing of COVID-19 market restrictions.


Record global cereal production to boost stocks 


World cereal production is poised to reach a new record level of 2 790 million tonnes in 2020 - up 9.3 million tonnes from the May forecast - surpassing the record-high registered in 2019 by as much as 3.0 percent, according to FAO's Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also released today.

Wheat production forecasts have been raised for India and the Russian Federation, more than offsetting a cutback to the EU and the UK expected outputs.

The forecast of world coarse grains production in 2020 has also been revised up to 1 519 million tonnes, up 5.7 million tonnes from the previous month, reflecting expectations of larger outputs of barley in Australia, the EU and Turkey.

FAO's global rice production forecast for 2020 is now pegged at 509.2 million tonnes, 400 000 tonnes above June's figure, primarily reflecting improved prospects for South American countries, where conducive weather raised yield expectations to all-time-highs.

World cereal utilization in the year ahead is forecast to rise to 2 735 million tonnes - 1.6 percent up from the previous month's forecast, mostly driven by an upturn in feed and industrial uses of coarse grains compared to earlier expectations. World rice utilization is also predicted to reach a fresh peak of 510.4 million tonnes in 2020/21, 1.6 percent up from June, based on expanding food use.

Reflecting new production and consumption forecasts, FAO now expects world cereal stocks by the end of seasons in 2021 to reach 929 million tonnes, representing a robust year-on-year expansion of 6.0 percent. This would drive the global cereal stock-to-use ratio in 2020/21 to a twenty-year high of 33.0 percent, highlighting the comfortable global supply prospects in the new season.

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European shares rise on upbeat global mood, cyclicals jump

July 2, 2020: European shares climbed on Thursday, as encouraging economic data from across the globe and hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine lifted sentiment ahead of the crucial U.S. jobs data.

The pan-European STOXX 600 rose 0.9% by 0716 GMT, in its fourth consecutive day of gains. Banks, automakers and travel & leisure were the top gainers, rising between 1.5% and 2%.

Financial markets entered the second half of the year on a positive note this week, as business surveys showed a coronavirus-induced slump in global manufacturing eased in June, while a COVID-19 vaccine was found to be well-tolerated in early stage human trials.

The U.S. payrolls data, due at 1230 GMT, is likely to show the economy created jobs at a record clip in June, although surging virus cases threaten to derail the recovery.

Among individual movers, Associated British Foods jumped 7.1% as it said that trading in its Primark fashion stores that reopened after lockdown has been "reassuring and encouraging".

German fashion house Hugo Boss rose 1.4% after it appointed Tommy Hilfiger executive Oliver Timm as its chief sales officer.

Scandal-hit Wirecard slumped 25% after police and public prosecutors raided its headquarters in Munich and four properties in Germany and Austria.


Export Industries allowed to work 6 days a week:...

July 02, 2020 (MLN): Advisor to Prime Minister, Abdul Razak Dawood has said that Export Industries are allowed to work 6 days a week from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

Advisor to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment said in his official Twitter handle that he has received confirmation from Chief Secretary Punjab.

Furthermore, he said this decision will further facilitate the export industry.

Government extends the date for encashment of Rs 40,000...

July 2, 2020 (MLN): The federal government on Thursday, extended the date for encashment of Rs 40,000 denomination national prize bonds for another six months.

Now, Rs 40000 prize bonds could be converted till December 31, 2020.

This is the second extension that government has given for conversion of prize bonds as earlier, the date to encash bonds was March 31, 2020 which was extended to June 30, 2020.

It is pertinent to mention that government gave three options for conversion of prize bonds-deposit bonds in your account, convert into savings certificate or convert these bonds as registered ones.

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Govt initiates thorough process of reforms in CAA

July 02, 2020: Meeting of the Federal Cabinet was held in Islamabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. The meeting discussed the overall political and economic situation in the country.

Briefing media after the cabinet meeting in Islamabad, Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz said the federal government has initiated a thorough process of reforms in the Civil Aviation Authority and all airlines of the country to ensure transparency in all procedures and licensing of pilots.

The Information Minister said pilots with dubious credentials have been grounded forthwith. He said the pilots whose licenses were found to be suspicious have been terminated from service.

He said five employees of CAA have also been grounded until the process is completed. In addition, the CAA has been directed to start further action on a fast track basis. He said the degrees of all airline staff will be verified.

The Minister said Prime Minister strongly believes in meritocracy and transparency in all sectors.

Senator Shibli Faraz said the cabinet deliberated on the report of Auditor General and expressed satisfaction that remarkable improvement has been made in procedures during this government.

He said the cabinet also endorsed the decisions taken in the ECC meeting of the 25th of last month.

The cabinet accorded approval to three agreements of hydropower projects.  It also took into consideration the renewable energy options for power production including solar and wind. The Prime Minister directed to remove any hurdles and bottlenecks in the way of these alternative sources to encourage cheap energy production.

The cabinet also discussed sustainable development goals and on the suggestion of Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haq, the Prime Minister directed to reallocate development funds within a month before their lapse.

Shibli Faraz said the Prime Minister directed to activate provincial finance commission in order for equitable development in all parts of provinces in an organized way and without any undue influence. This will also help remove a sense of deprivation among residents of different areas in a province.

He said Prime Minister directed to form a committee under the leadership of Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Khusro Bakhtiar to look into public sector projects to be undertaken on reduced costs and improved quality. The committee will submit its report in 90 days' time.  

The cabinet accorded approval to appoint an auditor for SECP.

The Minister said the cabinet discussed the potential of IT exports and how to increase Pakistan's share in the international market. This sector has the potential to increase exports to 5 billion dollars from the earlier one billion dollars.

The forum discussed the issue of evacuee properties and their optimal use for income generation. It was decided that education and health-related properties can be offered to private parties to not only generate their business but also provide facilities to the public.

Replying a question, the Minister said that a transparent system of accountability is inevitable for the development of the country. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will hold accountable all those who looted the national exchequer.

He urged the opposition to join hands with the government to meet challenges in the wake of the corona pandemic.

Radio Pakistan



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