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Natural Rubber supply will be short of demand from 2020, says ANRPC secretary general

Though there may be a small surplus of natural rubber in the market for the next few years, the supply will be short of demand from 2020 onwards, said Sheela Thomas, secretary general of Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).   Speaking at the ninth annual rubber conference of ANRPC, an inter-governmental organization of major rubber producing countries, at Guwahati on Monday, she said the price of natural rubber is not determined by demand and supply alone, but is strongly influenced by the general trend in commodity market, crude oil prices and exchange rate of currencies of major NR-exporting countries. Owing...

Last Updated: Monday, 17th October, 2016 02:17 PM Visits 173

Depleting green pastures, droughts make it an open field for animal feed firms

HYDERABAD: Fast-depleting green pastures across India as a fallout of rapid urbanisation and frequent droughts owing to inadequate monsoons, coupled with booming dairy industry is boosting the prospects of animal feed manufacturers, who are looking at adding capacities. Reports by various agencies, both private and public, indicate fast depleting green pastures allocated for animal grazing, which are currently at 7 per cent of total arable land and estimated to further plunge to around 6 per cent by 2020 and 5 per cent by 2030.  Awareness among the dairy farmers over the benefits of higher productivity through manufactured feed is also helping the animal...

Last Updated: Thursday, 13th October, 2016 10:41 AM Visits 265

What drives India to be world's second agricultural product market? − Interview with Advanta Seeds CEO

Advanta Seeds is an international seed company and one of the market leaders with presence in over 60 countries. Advanta Seeds is part of UPL Group which is a global agriculture company providing total crop solutions from seed to post-harvest, one of the most successful one-stop agricultural solutions companies in the world.  Bhupen, Chief Executive Officer of Advanta Seeds recently shared his viewpoints on India Agriculture in the interview with AgroPages.     What changes made India to be the second agricultural products market? In the world, changes were driven mainly at 3 levels for India to become the second agricultural products market. The prime drivers are: 1. DEMAND for...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 12th October, 2016 04:24 PM Visits 196

GM mustard may be stalled indefinitely

Even though transgenic mustard (GM mustard) may have been declared safe by a government sub-committee, it may yet remain in the can for an indefinite period. On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to hear a petition by anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) campaigner Aruna Rodrigues, who argues that the Centre’s preliminary clearance to GM mustard, named Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11), contravenes a 2013 report by a Supreme Court-appointed technical expert committee. This committee had said, among other things, that herbicide-tolerant crops ought not be permitted in India. One of the genes in DMH-11, developed by researchers at the Delhi University under a...

Last Updated: Friday, 7th October, 2016 04:14 PM Visits 233

250 mandis in 10 states linked with e-agri market in 1st phase

NEW DELHI: Government has integrated 250 mandis in ten states with the electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) in the first phase, on which commodities worth Rs 421 crore have been traded, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.   He also launched mobile App to access information related to prices of commodities traded on the e-NAM platform so that to encourage more farmers to take advantage of this new initiative.   In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the e-NAM on a pilot basis with 22 mandis in eight states. The target was to integrate 200 mandis by September this year and...

Last Updated: Thursday, 6th October, 2016 04:14 PM Visits 180

Mumbai to get 17 weekly markets run by farmers

PUNE: Maharashtra government has approved the proposals to set up weekly farmer markets at 17 places in Mumbai and at 70 places in rest of the state under the new policy of de-regulating fruits and vegetables from the APMC rules. The state plans to now de-regulate the trade of grains.   There are 37 farmers markets already running in the state. The inspecting the 60 spaces offered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board finalised 17 locations as suitable for starting markets. These markets will be open once a week for four hours.   The marketing reforms in...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 04:13 PM Visits 194

Government procures 3740.47 metric tonne pulses till October 2

KOLKATA: The government agencies have procured 3740.47 metric tonne pulses as on October 2 during ongoing KharifMarketing Season (KMS).   The Central government has directed FCI and NAFED to procure kharif pulses from the farmers to ensure MSP for their crops. The agencies have set up 417 procurement centres in pulses producing states to ensure their reach to the farm gates for procurement of Moong and Urad. More centres will be set up if required on the arrival of Tur crop.   So far, FCI has procured 1075.34 metric tonne and NAFED 2665.13 metric tonne pulses since the arrival of kharif pulses during...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 4th October, 2016 04:11 PM Visits 186

Rs 475/quintal hike recommended for pulses MSP in rabi season

NEW DELHI: To boost production and check prices of lentils, government's advisory body on farm pricing CACP has recommended a sharp hike of up to Rs 475 per quintal in the minimum support price ofpulses for winter season.   The body has suggested a hike of Rs 100 in wheat MSP (minimum support price) to Rs 1,625 per quintal the rabi crop (winter) against Rs 1,525 per quintal in the last year, sources said.   The CACP has submitted the MSP proposals for wheat and other winter crops for 2016-17 rabi season to the Agriculture Ministry. The MSP is the rate at which...

Last Updated: Sunday, 2nd October, 2016 04:09 PM Visits 179