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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High soybean meal exports from India on global demand leads to a crunch for domestic poultry industry

India exported around 16 lakh tonnes of soybean meal between October 2020 and January 2021 because of strong global demand, and is likely to cross the 18-lakh-tonne export mark this season, according to the Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA). Meanwhile the poultry industry in India, which is now facing a crunch of soymeal feed […]

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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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Indigene’s food park in Telangana to get fully operational by next March; to generate Rs 500 cr business

Telangana-based Indigene Foods, which is setting up a dedicated park for the production of a wide variety of protein products, is expecting its 25 acre facility to become fully operational by the end of March, 2022. Speaking with Ritwik Sinha of indoasiancommodities, CEO of the firm Dr. Rangaiah Setlam said different sections of plant will become operational […]

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Global food prices rise for 10th month in a row

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Global food commodity prices rose in March, marking their tenth consecutive monthly increase, with quotations for vegetable oils and dairy products leading the rise, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 118.5 points in […]

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Rising Covid cases in India boost demand for organic foods

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When agriculture entrepreneur Sharmila Oswal learnt that her sister, best friend, and nephew were all affected by Covid, she was shaken and began thinking about what could be done to help people build up their immunity. She was convinced that unhealthy food was one of the main reasons for their vulnerability because the majority of crops in India […]

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