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India's April-Aug rice exports drop 4.3 pct year on year: govt body

India's rice exports between April and August dropped 4.3 percent from a year earlier to 5.03 million tonnes as leading buyer Bangladesh trimmed purchases due to bumper local harvest, a government body said.  The country's buffalo meat exports during the period edged down 1 percent from a year ago to 499,186 tonnes, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority said.  Guar gum exports rose 1.8 percent to 222,055 tonnes on robust demand from the United States.  India is the world's biggest exporter of buffalo meat, guar gum and rice.  The country's exports of pulses more than doubled during the period to 144,608 tonnes, while dairy exports surged 29.3 percent...

Last Updated: Monday, 1st October, 2018 10:59 AM Visits 16

Plantation sector in deep crisis: Upasi

KOCHI: The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (Upasi) has said that all plantation crops - tea, coffee, rubber and spices- are currently passing through an unusually difficult phase, with the basic problems of low commodity prices combined with high cost of production owing to low productivity of labour & land, further complicated by climate change .  Upasi outgoing president T Jayaraman said at the 125th annual conference of the association at Connoor that the current tea crop prospects for south India, is not encouraging, with Jan-Aug production being 22 million kg lower than last year. Heavy crop losses are being reported in...

Last Updated: Sunday, 30th September, 2018 10:56 AM Visits 14

Kharif food-grain output to be record high, show initial government estimates

India is likely to post record high food-grain production this kharif season, with monsoonrains being normal in main crop-producing states, the government’s initial estimates show.  Production of rice, sugarcane and oilseed is expected to be higher than last year, show the first advance estimate of the agriculture ministry, released on Wednesday. Coarse cereals, pulses and cotton are expected to see a fall in output.  Production of kharif crops that are cultivated during the rainy season is expected to be 141.59 million tonnes in 2018-19, which is 0.61%, or 0.86 million tonnes, more than last year’s 140.73 million tonnes, which is the highest so far. This...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 10:33 AM Visits 14

Heavy rains hit paddy, cotton crops hard

CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI: Torrential rains at the end of the monsoon season have severely damaged paddy, cotton as well as vegetable crops in Punjab and Haryana, the key suppliers of grain in the country, dampening prospects of a record harvest that the agriculture ministry expects.  Farmers and traders said long spells of rain in the past few days have led to heavy losses in the early-sown varieties of paddy and cotton as some of it was being harvested or was ready for the harvest. Punjab and Haryana are the worst affected states.  Farmers said the yield loss was up to 30% for widely-used ‘Pusa 1509’ variety of basmati, and up to...

Last Updated: Monday, 24th September, 2018 10:54 AM Visits 13

Government expects to create 15 lakh tonnes silo capacity under PPP by 2019

NEW DELHI: India expects to double the capacity of silos under public-private partnership (PPP) by next year to 15 lakh tonnes as the government seeks to raise the nationwide holding count six-fold.  To be sure, land acquisition is a big challenge for the government’s ambitious plan of constructing 100 lakh tonne capacity of silos across the country. To maintain the quality of food grains, minimise losses and ensure rapid bulk movement of grains, the food ministry has taken up the task to construct modern silos for storage of wheat and rice.  “For every tonne of food grain to be sent to the...

Last Updated: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018 10:55 AM Visits 8

India's foodgrain output to touch new record of 284.83 million tonnes in 2017-18

India's foodgrain production is estimated to grow to an all-time high of 284.83 million tonnes in the 2017-18 crop year ending June, driven by record output in wheat, rice, coarse cereals and pulses after a normal monsoon, according to the Agriculture Ministry.  Wheat output has been pegged at record 99.70 million tonnes, rice at Rs 112.91 million tonnes and pulses at 25.23 million tonnes for the 2017-18 crop year, it said.  The previous record foodgrain output was 275.11 million tonnes achieved in the 2016-17 crop year. The foodgrain basket comprises of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses.  In its fourth advance estimate released today, the ministry revised...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 10:47 AM Visits 46

Kharif planting gathers steam in last leg due to fresh spell of rains

New Delhi: Kharif crop planting has been done on 94% of the arable land, with last phase of planting picking up in rain-fed parts of the country boosted by fresh spells of rains across western, central and southern India in the past one week.  However , the planting is still marginally lower than the level this time last year.  Planting covering 995.62 lakh hectares so far this season is 1.28% less than a year earlier, data from the Agriculture ministry showed. Total area to be planted this kharif season is estimated at 1,058.10 lakh hectares.  Coarse cereals, cotton, rice and pulses have seen a...

Last Updated: Saturday, 25th August, 2018 10:48 AM Visits 39

Steps being taken to stop cotton contamination: CCI

The Centre and the textile ministry are taking efforts to reduce contamination in cotton for the benefit of the textile industry, according to a senior official of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI). This was in response to concerns expressed by stakeholders in the cotton and textile industry over the contamination in cotton and lower yield in India compared to other countries.  CCI Chairman and Managing Director P Alli Rani, in her address to the two-day 4th All India Cotton conference here last night, noted that though India was the largest producer, the 'trash level' in the raw material affected end users.  As a...

Last Updated: Saturday, 18th August, 2018 10:49 AM Visits 39