Are farmers in Maharashtra ditching grape cultivation for sugarcane farming?

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The cycle seems to have turned within a decade. Around 10 years ago, a wave of grape cultivation had gripped Maharashtra. Farmers ditched sugarcane and turned to grapes in huge numbers. Today, farmers are ditching grape farming and turning back to sugarcane cultivation.   Fact is grape cultivation has turned costlier in the state. Grape vines require a lot of […]

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India maintains nutrient-based subsidy for Phosphorus and Potassium fertilisers for FY22

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India has kept the nutrient-based subsidy rates unchanged for phosphatic and potassic (P&K) fertilisers for the current 2021-22 fiscal till further orders. For the last fiscal, the government had fixed the subsidy rate for nitrogen (N) at Rs 18.78 per kg, phosphate (P) at Rs 14.88 a kg, potash (K) at Rs 10.11 per kg […]

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India has exported almost 25 lakh tonnes of sugar till now: AISTA

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Indian sugar mills have exported 24.9 lakh (2.49 million) tonnes of sugar so far in the ongoing 2020-21 marketing year ending September, with maximum shipments to Indonesia, trade body AISTA said. “Mills have contracted to export 3.33 million tonnes of sugar so far as against the 6 million tonnes quota assigned by the food ministry,” […]

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China’s cotton imports set to increase to 2.4 million tonnes this marketing year

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China’s cotton imports are projected to increase marginally to 2.4 million metric tonnes in the current marketing year to meet higher demand for textiles and apparels, according to a report of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Its cotton imports last year were 2.3 million metric tons. World’s largest cotton supplier US exported 884,000 metric tons to […]

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India on course for normal rains for second straight year

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India will receive normal monsoon rains for a second consecutive year, which will help maintain food supplies even as parts of the country are again facing a near lockdown. Leading weather forecaster Skymet predicted that the rains during the June-September monsoon would be around 103% of the historical average. Bountiful monsoons helped India achieve a record […]

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Concerned over dip in sugar sales, industry bodies ask for government relief

Sugar sales have plummeted by nearly 1 million tonnes since March 2020 after demand took a hit as Covid lockdown and subsequent extension of restrictions lowered consumption of many sweetened products including confectionery, soft drinks, chocolates, and sweetmeats among others.  “Even as businesses pick up, it is unclear how quickly demand will recover with subdued sugar […]

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Increase of crucial fertiliser prices in India to affect yield for kharif crops this season

Prices of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and complex fertilisers have surged in the international market in recent months. Domestic fertiliser companies have also hiked prices for the upcoming kharif season steeply. This is likely to reduce crop yield as farmers will resort to excessive use of subsidised fertiliser urea instead. Prices of phosphatic and potassium fertilisers […]

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