Frequent bans on onion exports from India draws ire from farmers, Japan and the US

The US and Japan have raised questions on India’s frequent ban on onion exports at the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming that such sporadic and frequent bans without prior notification put importing countries in a difficult position. Simultaneously, in Maharashtra onion growers have also demanded that the government draft a comprehensive policy on the import […]

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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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India’s Cabinet modifies Rs 1-lakh-crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund to help upgrade mandis

The Indian Cabinet approved modifications in the guidelines of the Rs 1-lakh-crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF), a move which will expand the beneficiary institutions, including Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs), to avail credit of up to Rs 2 crore from the Fund to set up cold storage, sorting, grading and assaying units. Till now, the […]

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West Bengal exports GI certified Fazil mango variety to Bahrain: Commerce Ministry


A consignment of GI certified Fazil mango variety sourced from Malda district of West Bengal was exported to Bahrain, the commerce ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said that in June 2021, a week-long Indian mango promotion programme was organised in Bahrain where 16 varieties of the fruit including three GI certified Khirsapatin and Lakshmanbhog […]

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