Pomegranates in the desert? Farmers in India’s Barmer show the way

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By Ritwik Sinha Farmers in the desert district of Barmer in the western Indian state of Rajasthan are increasingly turning to pomegranates as part of their strategy to diversify to commercial crops. Bazra, moth, moong and guar have been traditional crops of the region, but pomegranates cultivation has made a significant headway since the beginning […]

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Chemistry plays spoilsport with guar production and its prices in India

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Guar seed production in India, world’s largest producer of the silly legume, is likely to shrink by 10-12 per cent this kharif season against last year primarily due to rise in use of synthetic polymers by US oil and gas industry. This development has dwindled exports prospects and shrunk domestic guar prices as well. Ruing […]

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Daily Masala

Here is what others are talking about this morning: Asia stocks edge up, dollar sags after Fed meeting Oil scrambles off April lows but oversupply still weighs Gold steady as Fed leaves interest rates unchanged Vale second-quarter profit seen sliding 38 percent on prices, output Rabobank warns of cotton market correction… China offers more funds […]

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Daily Masala

Here is what others are talking about this morning: Saudi, Iran set to clash over OPEC oil output targets China demand to drive 15 year-long bauxite boom, Says Rio Tinto Two years after Qingdao scandal, LME bets on electronic tracking of metal India’s guar seed area to fall as shale gas producers cut purchases Coal […]

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