India food inflation stands at 17.65%

16:56, April 22, 2010      

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Food inflation rose to 17.65 percent for the week which ended April 10 from 17.22 percent in the previous week in India, reported the Press Trust of India.

Higher prices of fruits and vegetables were the reason for the high inflation as they rose by 3 percent over the past week, while that of sea fish rose by 2 percent and pulses such as arhar and moong by 1 percent, said the report.

The overall inflation had gone up to 9.9 percent in March, higher than the central bank's projection of 8.5 percent, said the report.

Compared with the same time last year, prices of pulses rose by 28.77 percent, milk by 22.21 percent, fruits by 18.81 percent and wheat by 11.18 percent.

The high inflation triggered a massive protest by the opposition BJP party in New Delhi on Wednesday. The BJP blamed the ruling Congress for failing to curb the soaring prices of basic commodities.



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