Are farmers in Maharashtra ditching grape cultivation for sugarcane farming?


The cycle seems to have turned within a decade. Around 10 years ago, a wave of grape cultivation had gripped Maharashtra. Farmers ditched sugarcane and turned to grapes in huge numbers. Today, farmers are ditching grape farming and turning back to sugarcane cultivation.   Fact is grape cultivation has turned costlier in the state. Grape vines require a lot of […]

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Maharashtra exempts gems, jewellery manufacturing activities from Covid-19 emergency measures: GJEPC


The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) said the Maharashtra government has allowed export operations to resume with restrictions in number of people working in the manufacturing units during the ongoing night curfew and weekend lockdowns to curtail the coronavirus spread. In a virtual meeting with the gems and jewellery manufacturers and exporters on […]

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Maharashtra jewellers ask Chief Minister to allow them to avail of festivals in April despite lockdown


The national body of the gems and jewellery industry All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has written to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray to allow jewellers to operate on the festive days in the month of April and the upcoming wedding season despite the lockdown. There are several auspicious occasions such as Gudi […]

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Sugar production in Uttar Pradesh likely fall by 20%, thanks to ethanol diversion

Sugar production in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest sugar producing state in 2019-20 season, is likely to fall by around 20 per cent year-on-year to around 100 lakh tonnes in the October 2020-September 2021 season as against 126 lakh tonnes in the last season. The dip in production is primarily due to diversion into ethanol […]

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Maharashtra to look for options to augment income of state-owned APMCs

The Maharashtra government is looking at several options to generate alternate sources of revenue for Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) that may struggle to survive once the farm laws are fully implemented in the state.  A study committee has been formed to suggest ways and means to enhance revenues for market committees.  A circular issued […]

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