India’s move to open commercial coal mining can halve its annual import bill, says CRISIL

India’s move to open up commercial coal mining can halve the annual expenditure incurred on importing non-coking coal because of substitution through domestic production. In fiscal 2020, India imported an estimated 180-190 million tonne (MT) of non-coking coal costing over Rs 90,000 crore. The government earlier this month approved the liberalisation of coal mining by […]

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Prices of dairy products in India unlikely to rise in short term after lockdown hits demand, says CRISIL

Supply chain disruptions in the early weeks of the two-month nationwide lockdown and bread-and-butter issues for hotels, restaurants and cafes that had to shutdown, have materially reduced demand for dairy products in India, ratings and research firm CRISIL said in a report. This is despite supply of most dairy products continuing during the lockdown, since […]

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Farmers woes to increase by Draft Order to ban 27 pesticides: CropLife India

After the government’s move to ban 27 pesticides in India, various agricultural organization and associations are opposing the draft bill. As per reports, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare issued a draft order on Monday outlining the pesticides set to be prohibited from manufacturing, sale, and import, which it said are “likely to involve risk to human beings and animals.” […]

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Interview – Success of India’s big-bang agri reforms depends on bureaucrats giving up control

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The key to reap real benefits of the big bang reforms for the agriculture sector recently announced by the government would be in demolishing several layers of controls as envisaged in the proposal, noted agriculture economist Ashok Gulati said. Gulati, chair professor for agriculture at the Indian Council for Research on International economics (ICRIER), said […]

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India’s poultry industry urged to build better linkages with maize farmers, FPOs

Mr S K Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt of India today said, “Maize, known as Queen of cereals is the most important crop after rice and wheat.” Addressing a webinar on  ‘Covid Impact on Maize Value Chain – Challenges and Prospects’ organized by FICCI, Mr Malhotra said, “Farmers are happy to cultivate maize, if there is […]

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European Union raises restrictions on capsicum imports from India, Pakistan

The EU has raised the restrictions on capsicum imported from India and Pakistan due to high rate of non-compliance with pesticide norms making it mandatory for shipments to be accompanied by an official certificate stating that the items were free of pesticide residues. For curry leaves imported from India, however, the EU observed that the […]

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