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# Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some

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Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some major pepper growers have switched to high-priced cocoa, world production of pepper has been running well below worldwide sales for three years. Pepper is consequently in relatively short supply. The price of pepper has soared in response: it now equals that of cocoa.
10. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?
(A) Pepper is a profitable crop only if it is grown on a large scale.
(B) World consumption of pepper has been unusually high for three years.
(C) World production of pepper will return to previous levels once normal weather returns.
(D) Surplus stocks of pepper have been reduced in the past three years.
(E) The profits that the growers of pepper have made in the past three years have been unprecedented.

I think D and E both have the potential to be th eanswer

D -- true as the passage says ... less production of pepper in last three years
E -- few people have grown pepper and price soared and they have made lot of profit for sure.

OA is D. Can somebody explain me pls.

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14 Jan 2010, 19:25
SudiptoGmat wrote:
Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some major pepper growers have switched to high-priced cocoa, world production of pepper has been running well below worldwide sales for three years. Pepper is consequently in relatively short supply. The price of pepper has soared in response: it now equals that of cocoa.
10. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?
(A) Pepper is a profitable crop only if it is grown on a large scale.
(B) World consumption of pepper has been unusually high for three years.
(C) World production of pepper will return to previous levels once normal weather returns.
(D) Surplus stocks of pepper have been reduced in the past three years.
(E) The profits that the growers of pepper have made in the past three years have been unprecedented.

I think D and E both have the potential to be th eanswer

D -- true as the passage says ... less production of pepper in last three years
E -- few people have grown pepper and price soared and they have made lot of profit for sure.

OA is D. Can somebody explain me pls.

I think E assumes they were not operating at a loss prior to the decrease in supply. One cannot necessarily assume, on the information provided, that profits are unprecedented.
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15 Jan 2010, 11:21
D is correct . There is no mention in the passage about the The profits that the growers of pepper made.
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Updated on: 18 Feb 2014, 23:17
Should be D) as It says Production < Demand . So the extra stocks should come from Stocks.

E cannot be as firstly nothing is said about the profit and it might happen that along with the price of pepper has shot up because of the less production, the price of pepper seeds used to plant pepper might have also increased - So not MUST BE TRUE.
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18 Feb 2014, 12:09
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Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some major pepper growers have switched to high-priced cocoa, world production of pepper has been running well below worldwide sales for three years. Pepper is consequently in relatively short supply. The price of pepper has soared in response: it now equals that of cocoa.

Bad Weather + Shift from Pepper Plantation to Cocoa ====> Production of Pepper has decreased ==== > Short Supply ===== > Price Increase = Cocoa.

Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(A) Pepper is a profitable crop only if it is grown on a large scale.

Out of scope , we don't have sufficient information to claim the same.

(B) World consumption of pepper has been unusually high for three years.

Absolutely out of scope.

(C) World production of pepper will return to previous levels once normal weather returns.

Do we have any information to claim the same ? Absolutely not.

(D) Surplus stocks of pepper have been reduced in the past three years.

Definitely True , if stock of pepper have been depleted then it is bound tot create a supply shortage , leading to Price hike. { Concept of Demand and Supply - Economics}

(E) The profits that the growers of pepper have made in the past three years have been unprecedented.

The passage mentions that pepper production has been slow during the last three years , nowhere it mentions whether preceding years yielded unprecedented profits or not .

Hence IMO(D)
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12 Sep 2017, 00:12
Pretty straight. I wonder if the questions from OG in 2009-2010 were a little easier :/ Would that be true? Would love to hear expert opinion on this one!
Either way, it took less than a minute.

Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some major pepper growers have switched to high-priced cocoa, world production of pepper has been running well below worldwide sales for three years. Pepper is consequently in relatively short supply. The price of pepper has soared in response: it now equals that of cocoa.
10. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?
(A) Pepper is a profitable crop only if it is grown on a large scale. Scale is not the concern here
(B) World consumption of pepper has been unusually high for three years.Says who?
(C) World production of pepper will return to previous levels once normal weather returns.'key word' - "partly"
(D) Surplus stocks of pepper have been reduced in the past three years.- negate - price of pepper would remain the same.
So D.

(E) The profits that the growers of pepper have made in the past three years have been unprecedented.Ummm. Not mentioned anywhere
Re: Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some &nbs [#permalink] 12 Sep 2017, 00:12
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