Nearly a third of India’s rice exports for this month are stuck due to a shortage of freight trains

Nearly a third of India’s rice exports for January 2022 are stuck due to a shortage of freight trains. Most traders have stopped signing February export contracts to avoid demurrage charges, industry officials told Reuters. The slowdown in exports from India, the world’s biggest rice exporter, has allowed rival suppliers such as Thailand, Myanmar and […]

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India’s edible oils import bill jumps by 75% to Rs 1,04,354 crore during Apr-Dec 2021: SOPA

The country’s edible oils import bill surged 75 per cent to Rs 1,04,354 crore during the first nine months (April-December 2021) of the current fiscal from Rs 59,543 crore in the year-ago period, a processors association said. According to Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) Chairman Davish Jain, during the first nine months (April-December 2020) […]

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India’s Food Ministry fear loss of tomato, onion and potato crops due to erratic weather

Erratic weather conditions like rains and hailstorms witnessed recently are likely to hit the yield of key vegetables such as potato, onion and tomato, thus pushing up their prices in the coming weeks, a market intelligence report prepared by the ministry of food processing industries (MFPI) has stated. Currently, mandis’ prices of the key vegetables […]

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Twenty lakh tonnes of free foodgrains distributed under fifth phase of PMGKAY

Nearly 20 lakh tonnes of foodgrains have been distributed for free so far to eligible beneficiaries under the fifth phase of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). In March 2020, the Centre had launched the scheme to provide free foodgrains to over 80 crore beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) as […]

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APEDA expands global footprints for India’s exports of fruits and vegetables; Purvanchal, UP a new export hub

For the first time, Banarasi mangoes are being exported to London, Dubai and other parts of the world under Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) supervision, according to the Union ministry of commerce and industry. A consignment of 1.2 and 3 metric tonnes of mangoes were dispatched from Varanasi for London and […]

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Union Food Secretary recommends increased production of fortified rice and millets like ragi in Karnataka

India’s Union Food Secretary, Sudhanshu Pandey suggested the state government of Karnatka should encourage production of fortified rice locally and undertake fortification of rice at milling stage itself. He said FRK (fortified rice kernels) units should be set up to achieve the long-term objective of 100 per cent fortified rice for aspirational and heavy burdened […]

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