Australia says agri production value, volume soar to historic heights

Australia’s farmers are on track to smash production value and volume records in 2021-22 on the back of exceptional seasonal conditions and a surge in world commodity prices. Despite recent flood and rain damage in the eastern states, the ABARES Agricultural Commodities: December Quarter is forecasting a history-making agricultural gross production value of $78 billion – […]

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Environmentalists, politicians raise concern over National Edible Oil Mission

Given the widespread destruction of rainforests and native biodiversity caused by oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia, environmental experts and politicians are warning that the Union government’s move to promote their cultivation in the northeastern States and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be disastrous. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last […]

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International Grains Council cuts forecast for 2021/22 global wheat crop

The International Grains Council (IGC) cut its forecast for the 2021/22 global wheat crop, reflecting diminished outlooks for Russia, Canada and the United States. In its monthly update, the inter-governmental body cut its 2021/22 world wheat crop outlook by 6 million tonnes to 782 million tonnes. The Council attributed the cut from last month to […]

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Urgent agricultural reforms needed to feed India’s growing population – report

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Fundamental reforms in agri-food system is the need of the hour if production has to be increased to feed India’s growing population that is soon set to surpass that of China, a report submitted to a UN conference said. India’s reforms need to focus on lowering transaction costs to achieve marketing efficiency in order to […]

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