Food inflation dips but milk, vegetables, meat prices still high

March 10th, 2011 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) India’s annual rate of food inflation declined to 9.52 percent for the week ended Feb 26 from 10.39 percent the earlier week, official data showed Thursday but prices of vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and poultry still remained high.

Limited data on the wholesale price index released by the commerce and industry ministry further showed that the index for primary articles also fell from 14.85 percent to 13.96 percent, while that for fuel also decreased to 9.48 percent from 12.56 percent.

India’s inflation rate continues to remain sharply higher than the comfort zone of both the Reserve Bank of India’s 4-5 percent and the government, which earlier said the prices will be reined in to no more than 5 percent.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told the Lok Sabha that food prices will come down in the near term and that overall inflation will be no more than 7 percent by March-end.

“By the end of this fiscal year, inflation will be controlled. I expect the situation to improve,” he had said, replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the president’s address.

Following are the yearly rise and fall in prices of some main commodities that form the sub-index for food articles:

Onions: 3.90 percent

Vegetables: 9.23 percent

Fruits: 18.75 percent

Potatoes: (-)8.96 percent

Milk: 8.42 percent

Eggs, meat, fish: 15.38 percent

Cereals: 2.02 percent

Rice: 1.16 percent

Wheat: (-)1.07 percent

Pulses: (-)3.91 percent

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