Azadpur Mandi operators fear major disruption in supply

BY RITWIK SINHA Even as the wholesale sellers have not exactly downed their shutters at Azadpur Mandi (Asia’s biggest wholesale market for fruits & vegetables) following government’s announcement of lockdown for three weeks to combat Coronavirus crisis, the market operators are reporting situation increasingly turning out to be adverse for them. The wide fluctuation in […]

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No El Nino, but world still expected to be hotter due to climate change, says WMO

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Above average temperatures are expected in many parts of the globe in the next few months, even without the presence of a warming El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). El Nino causes a surge in global temperatures but researchers have now found human-induced climate change is as powerful as the natural […]

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Australia says farm production value holds despite bushfires, drought

The value of Australian agricultural production is forecast to remain high despite bushfires and prolonged drought, with overseas demand balancing drought-related falls in farm output and incomes, ABARES, the country’s agriculture forecaster said,. ABARES’ Chief Commodity Analyst Peter Gooday said the value of farm production in fiscal 2019-20 was expected to fall slightly to $59 […]

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India says area under GM crops increasing steadily

Area, production and productivity of Bt. cotton has increased steadily since its introduction in India, barring minor fluctuation in few years, the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar informed parliament. He gave the following details of year-wise area under cotton, Bt. cotton, production and yield of cotton during 2002-03 to 2019-20: Years Area […]

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Australia’s seafood production value expected to dip in 2019–20

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will likely have a significant short term impact on Australia’s seafood industry, with production value tipped to slide 12% to $2.81 billion this financial year, the country’s premier agricultural forecaster, ABARES, said in a report. However, production value is expected to bounce back to $3.40 billion in 2020–21 as […]

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The ‘insect plague’ that’s eating crops in India & why monsoon may not bring good news

While India has also suffered from the locust attacks, the country has for now brought the situation under control but only after substantial damage to crops in Rajasthan and Gujarat. There are fears, though, that the situation may aggravate again with the onset of monsoon in June. Authorities are ensuring availability of large quantities of insecticides along with […]

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