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Futures ban on 7 farm items stays

The other agricultural commodities suspended by Sebi are paddy (non-basmati), chana, crude palm oil, mustard seeds and their derivatives and soya bean and its derivatives

PTI New Delhi Published 22.12.22, 02:07 AM
In a bid to curb inflation, Sebi in December 2021 prohibited exchanges from launching derivative contracts of soyabean, mustard seeds, channa, wheat, paddy, moong and crude palm oil.

In a bid to curb inflation, Sebi in December 2021 prohibited exchanges from launching derivative contracts of soyabean, mustard seeds, channa, wheat, paddy, moong and crude palm oil. Representational picture

Sebi has extended the suspension of futures and options trading in seven agricultural commodities, including wheat and moong, for one more year till December 2023 in a bid to rein in prices.

The other agricultural commodities suspended by Sebi are paddy (non-basmati), chana, crude palm oil, mustard seeds and their derivatives and soya bean and its derivatives.

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“The suspension of trading in the above contracts has been extended for one more year beyond December 20 till December 20, 2023,” Sebi said in a statement on Wednesday.

The suspension permits squaring up of existing positions in these commodities, but no fresh futures trading is permitted in them for a year.

In a bid to curb inflation, Sebi in December 2021 prohibited exchanges from launching derivative contracts of soyabean, mustard seeds, channa, wheat, paddy, moong and crude palm oil. These directions were applicable for one year.

Earlier this month, the Commodity Participants Association of India had urged the government and Sebi to allow exchanges to resume trading in these seven agricultural derivatives contracts.

In its letter to the finance ministry and Sebi, the association said the prolonged bans are detrimental to the commodity market ecosystem and severely dent the perception regarding India’s ease of doing business environment.

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