India’s exports of extra sugar may drag down already low global prices

India’s export of sugar is being labelled as India dumping its extra sugar on the world, threatening to further drag down prices that are already at the lowest in almost a year, reports Bloomberg. India’s government is spending Rs 6,268 crore ($873 million) to subsidise exports in an effort to cut the nation’s record stockpiles. […]

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Garlic prices in India soar ahead of winter demand due to supply crunch

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Garlic prices have risen by as much as 55 per cent since June in retail markets, due to a sharp increase in stockists’ demand and reduced supply ahead of winter season, reports Business Standard. Data compiled by the government-owned National Horticulture Board (NHB) showed that garlic prices shot up at the highest rate of 55 per cent in […]

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Report on curbing cane farming in parched Marathawada to be submitted to Maharashtra CM

Farmers in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region need to be weaned away from water-intensive crops such as sugarcane because of recurring droughts and water scarcity, a state government official has said in a draft report, reports Financial Express. Aurangabad divisional commissioner Sunil Kendrekar told Financial Express that he is giving final touches to a report on measures […]

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India’s horticulture production in 2018-19 to be 314 million tonnes: Department of Agriculture

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Production of horticulture crops in India was officially estimated to have inched up higher in 2018-19 crop year ended June 30 on productivity gains, with output of fruit, vegetables, spices, flowers, and honey going up, while that of plantation, aromatic, and medicinal crops declining, reports Business Standard. India’s horticulture production is estimated to be 313.85 million tonnes […]

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Govt approves Rs 6,268 crore subsidy to promote sugar exports

The government of India has announced a Rs 6,268-crore subsidy for export of 6 million tonnes of sugar for 2019-20 marketing year, starting in October, to help cash-strapped mills liquidate surplus and clear sugarcane arrears to farmers. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for providing a lump sum export subsidy […]

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INTERVIEW – Kaushalya Foundation keen to create agri-entrepreneurs in India’s eastern hinterland

Kaushalya Foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) working for the welfare of farmers for over a decade, has set its eyes in promoting agri-entrepreneurs at the district levels in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The NGO promoted by IIM Ahmedabad alumnus Kaushlendra Kumar, has grabbed attention in recent years for helping farmers in more than […]

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India calls for uniform GAP standards in SAARC nations

India has pitched for harmonisation of individual national standards on Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) among SAARC nations to boost regional trade in south Asia. GAP is a standard that defines appropriate methodology and inputs to be followed by farmers in order to produce safe and high quality agri-products which is in demand throughout the world. […]

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