India follows USDA warning; alerts states about unsolicited seed parcels

Fearing a new kind of germ warfare, Indian government has alerted state governments, agriculture universities, seed associations, certification agencies and research institutes under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to remain vigilant as unsolicited seeds reaching the country via courier. The government is perceiving a new threat of foreign seeds harming India’s food chain and […]

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Oil and gas fueling South China Sea tensions

Beijing aims to force all foreign oil companies out of the South China Sea, leaving itself as the only potential joint development partner for rival sea claimants. Last year, a US State Department spokesman estimated China is effectively blocking the development of $2.5 trillion worth of oil and gas resources in the South China Sea. Other analysts have […]

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China’s early July steel output down another 0.5%

(The story appears here courtesy our content partner Mysteel Global) Daily crude steel output among the 97 member mills of the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) dipped further over July 1-10 by another 11,400 tonnes/day or 0.5% over ten days to 2.13 million t/d, according to CISA, as many of them have commenced mid-year maintenance […]

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Indian palm oil demand dips as food sector, households seek alternatives

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Palm oil demand in India, the world’s top edible oil importer, is set to plunge this year as coronavirus lockdowns have slashed food service sector demand, while households are opting for alternatives at the supermarket. Traders say India’s palm oil imports could plunge 20 per cent from a year ago to 7.5 million tonnes in the 2019/20 marketing […]

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