New high-yield variety of sugarcane could revolutionise sugar cultivation

Developed by G Hemaprabha and Bakshi Ram of Coimbatore-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute, the sugarcane Co-11015 variety can increase yield to 142 tonne  petr hectare from about 100 tonne currently achieved through the Co-86032 variety. According to Ram, director of the institute, though the variety has been approved by Tamil Nadu it is yet to be […]

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ICAR prepares a 5-year road map to raise oilseeds productivity

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To bring in self-sufficiency in oilseeds sector, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has prepared a five-year road map, under which area expansion and productivity increase will be the major focus. However, the actual implementation of the proposed initiatives will depend on the budgetary allocation for the self-sufficiency programme, says a report in Financial […]

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India’s pulses import estimated to fall record low of one million tonnes

India’s pulses import this year is expected to fall to one million tonnes from 6.6 million tonnes in 2016-17, Business Standard reports. This would help farmers who have been trading their produce below state-fixed minimum support prices (MSP). India consumes around 24-25 million tonnes of pulses, but sowing trends show this year production is expected […]

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Brazil seeks WTO to set up dispute panel against India on sugar subsidy

Brazil has sought establishment of a dispute panel under the aegis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a case against India’s sugar subsidies to farmers. In February, Brazil and several other countries including Australia and Guatemala have dragged India into the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism alleging that New Delhi’s sugar subsidies to farmers are […]

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India’s WPI inflation declined to near 2-year low at 2.02 per cent in June 2019

India’s wholesale price-based inflation declined for the second consecutive month to its 23-month low of 2.02 per cent in June 2019, helped by decline in prices of vegetables as well as fuel and power items, according to official data. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 2.45 per cent in May 2019. It was […]

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After ban on plastic pouches, Maharashtra dairy owners threaten to sell loose milk

Dairies in Maharashtra have threatened to sell loose milk instead of the present system of selling milk in plastic pouches. Accusing the government of holding dairy sector to ransom under the garb of plastic ban, Maharashtra dairy owners have yet again expressed their helplessness in being able to come up with a buyback mechanism for […]

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