Maharashtra cotton farmers seek technological freedom; plan to grow other GM crops defying state diktat

Maharashtra’s cotton farmers who had defied the government and planted herbicide tolerant cotton (HTBT) in their fields are now planning to begin a technology freedom movement in the country that will be led by the Shetkari Sanghatana, reports Financial Express. The farmer body plans to take this movement further by planting other GM crops, including […]

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Despite Nov 22 deadline, sugar crushing in Maharashtra held up due to cane farmers’ demand for higher price

Not a single sugar mill has started crushing despite Maharashtra’s sugar season of 2019-20 officially commencing last Friday (22 November). The delay is being linked to the ongoing political crisis in the state and the aggressive agitation launched by farmer body Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) for seeking higher prices for cane growers. The farmers’ outfit […]

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High production, decline in exports may affect cotton prices: Ind-Ra

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High cotton production due to greater-than-average rainfall in the country and increased sowing by farmers may adversely impact prices. As per Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) estimates, cotton production is likely to increase 13.6 per cent to 35.5 million bales (170kg) for the October 2019-to-September 2020 season. Area under cotton cultivation has increased by 6 […]

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Heavy untimely rains hit 54 lakh hectare of crops in Maharashtra

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Preliminary estimates by the agriculture department of Maharashtra reveal that standing crop spread over 54 lakh hectare has been damaged by the unseasonal rains. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed officials to conduct Panchanamas so that the government can assess the total damage and consider compensation for farmers. Farmers have demanded immediate Panchnamas to help […]

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Cotton prices may fall further on higher output, weak demand: Ind-Ra report

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Cotton prices continued to reduce in August 2019, mainly due to a fall in international prices, rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said in its latest report, adding that it expects prices to fall further as global production is likely to be higher than demand growth. With local prices (MSP) being higher than international […]

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USDA revises down India’s sugar production forecast for marketing year 2019

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India’s out-year centrifugal sugar production will decline for the second consecutive year to 29.3 million tonnes, which is 14.6 per cent below the previous season, according to the latest data compiled by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This forecast includes 620,000 tonnes of khandsari (a local type of low-recovery sugar prepared by open-pan evaporation) […]

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