Major ports’ cargo handling drops by 18% to 193 million tonnes in April-July, 2020


COVID-19 disruptions and lockdowns caused major ports in  India to witness a continued fall in cargo handling. The cargo handling capacity of major ports registered a 18.06 per cent drop to 193.38 million tonnes between April and July this fiscal, according to the Indian Ports Association (IPA). Cargo volumes at these 12 major ports under […]

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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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China is hitting Indian spices extraction industry where it hurts

China is slowly gaining dominance in the spices extraction industry by employing restrictive trade practices against Indian companies operating in China. India is a dominant global player in spices extraction business. Oleoresins are a natural mixture of essential oils and resin extracted from its plant and help in adding flavour or colour to food and […]

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SEA estimates 3% jump in oilseed production at 251 lakh tonnes during 2019-20 season


The Solvent Extractor’s Association of India (SEA) has estimated the total production of oilseed crops, grown during the kharif and rabi seasons in the 2019-20 (November-October) season, at 251.49 lakh tonnes, nearly 3 per cent higher compared with 244.08 lakh tonnes last year due to higher yield in groundnut and castor seed. According to SEA’s […]

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Global logistics giants looking at India, Vietnam as potential Asia hubs, says supply chain guru Lagad


Several Europe and U.S.-based logistics giants would be keen to expand operations in India and Vietnam, making them the new supply chain hubs in Asia in the medium- to long-run following growing hostility between the West and China, a leading logistics expert said. Harry Himmat Lagad told from Singapore that while India and China […]

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Weekly Wrap – Monsoon and gold keep commodities sentiments bullish

In March this year, the world entered the COVID-19 pandemic with persistent, pre-existing external imbalances. The crisis has caused a sharp reduction in trade and significant movements in exchange rates, but limited reduction in global current account deficits and surpluses. The outlook remains highly uncertain as the risks of new waves of the contagion, capital […]

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Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Punjab spat over basmati rice GI tag

The spat between Madhya Pradesh and Punjab over the GI tag to basmati rice flared up with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calling Punjab’s Amarinder Singh’s opposition to MP getting the tag ‘politically motivated’ and a move that hurts farmers. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote to Congress Interim Chief Sonia Gandhi, accusing her party of being step-motherly towards farmers. In a […]

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850 MW Ratle hydroelectric power project to be revived soon in J&K


The 850-MW Ratle hydroelectric power project in Jammu and Kashmir, work on which was stalled for the past six years, will be revived soon, Union minister of state for power, Jitendra Singh said. The hydroelectric project is a run-of-river scheme located on river Chenab in Kishtwar district of the union territory. The preliminary work such as construction […]

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High prices of pulses may affect nutrition security in India: Tata-Cornell Institute study

Food habits during coronavirus (COVID-19) may have shifted from diverse and nutritive diets to staple foods such as wheat and rice as the prices of vegetables, pulses and eggs rose sharply after the lockdown while those of cereals remained relatively stable, according to a new study by the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition in […]

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