Maize Closes Lower On Waning Demand

Maize prices ended lower by 1.41 per cent on Monday at the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited as a result of heavy selling activity by the traders on account of higher global supplies and weak offtakes from the local buyers. At the NCDEX, maize futures for February 2016 contract closed at Rs. 1,400 per quintal, down 1.41 per cent, after opening at Rs. 1,414 against the previous closing price of Rs. 1,420. It touched the intra-day low of Rs. 1,394.
Sentiment weakened further as a result of a decline in the demand for the commodity from bio-fuel making industries tracking the weak global markets.

USA, China and Brazil are the top three maize producing countries in the world while the prominent exporters of maize are USA, Argentina and Brazil. Chief importers are Japan, EU, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia etc.

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