Kharif sowing gradually picking speed, despite delayed rains


Farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Gujarat have increased sowing activities despite the rainfall deficit during the past fortnight. The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) says monsoon has revived after a gap of three weeks.  The overall acreage of summer crops at about 50 million hectare was still 10% below last year’s level. Sowing has […]

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Growth of hydropower plants worldwide set to slow significantly this decade, says IEA


The growth of hydropower plants worldwide is set to slow significantly this decade, putting at risk the ambitions of countries across the globe to reach net-zero emissions while ensuring reliable and affordable energy supplies for their citizens, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Global hydropower capacity is expected to increase […]

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Recovery seen in global cotton consumption, trade in 2021/22 season, says ICAC


Global cotton production is projected to return to pre-pandemic levels next year after a 7% decrease in 2020/21, the Interntional Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) said in its latest monthly report. Even better, global consumption has recovered from 2019/20 to post a 12.5% increase to 25.59 million tonnes in 2020/21 and is projected to improve further to 25.8 […]

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World total grains production cut on reduced Brazil maize production – IGC


A reduced outlook for Brazilian maize is mainly behind a 3m t m/m (month-on-month) cut for world 2020/21 total grains (wheat and coarse grains) production, to 2,216m, the International Grains Council (IGC) said in its latest monthly report. With total consumption fractionally higher m/m and opening stocks trimmed, the carryover at the end of 2020/21 is lowered […]

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