Cabinet approves extension of jute packaging norms for foodgrains and sugar

The Cabinet has approved extension of norms for mandatory packaging of foodgrains and sugar in jute material for the Jute Year 2019-20. The decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mandates that 100 per cent of the foodgrains and 20 per cent of sugar will be mandatorily […]

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NAFED issues international tender to buy, import 100,000 tonnes of corn

NAFED has issued an international tender to purchase and import up to 100,000 tonnes of corn (maize), European traders revealed to Reuters. The corn should be sourced from Ukraine, they said. The tender closes on December 3 with offers having to remain valid up to December 24. NAFED, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of […]

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Tata Power, Rockefeller Foundation float dedicated arm to tap rural India opportunity

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Pwer major Tata Power has decided to float a dedicated micro-grid arm to tap the renewable opportunity in the rural India in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. The Rockefeller Foundation recently initiated the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty (GCEEP) programme to fast-track sustainable power solutions, investments, and partnerships globally over the next decade. This […]

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INTERVIEW – Kaushalya Foundation keen to create agri-entrepreneurs in India’s eastern hinterland

Kaushalya Foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) working for the welfare of farmers for over a decade, has set its eyes in promoting agri-entrepreneurs at the district levels in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The NGO promoted by IIM Ahmedabad alumnus Kaushlendra Kumar, has grabbed attention in recent years for helping farmers in more than […]

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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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India’s wheat plantation acreage surge in rabi season 2018-19; rice, pulses, oilseeds decline

According to the latest official data from the ministry of agriculture, wheat sown in India reached 298.47 lakh hectare so far in the rabi season 2018-19 as against 299.84 lakh hectare a year ago. Sowing of wheat, the main rabi crop, begins from October and harvesting from March-April. However, sowing of rice, pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds […]

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