Fifty Six APMCs shut in Maharashtra; Pune market to remain shut till March 31

Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in Maharashtra have begun shutting down services in the wake of Section 144 imposed by the state government to curb the spread of coronavirus. Around 56 market committees in the state remained shut in Maharashtra on Monday, according to a daily survey conducted by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB). […]

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Nashik onion growers seek relief of Rs 5/kg for 45-day period for government’s delay in banning exports

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The onion growers in Nashik are seeking a compensation of Rs 5 per kg for the period from February 1 to March 15 for the delay in the government’s decision to revoke the ban on exports. A report in the Financial Express quotes Bharat Dighole, president, Maharashtra State Onion Growers’ Association, who pointed out that […]

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Wholesale onion prices firm up on lifting of ban on export; Shetkari Sanghatana rues government interference

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Wholesale Onion prices at Lasalgaon — the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulb firmed up last week by Rs 500 per quintal after Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister of consumer affairs, food & public distribution tweeted that the government has decided to lift the ban on onion export. The minister tweeted that since the […]

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Exports of grapes this season falls behind; recovery expected soon

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Unseasonal rains in September and October last year that had damaged vineyards in Maharashtra has led to a decline in grape exports this season, as compared to the corresponding period last year. Exporters, however, believe exports will pick up soon and the season’s exports to Europe should be good this year as well. All India […]

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Nashik traders, growers seek removal of onions’ stockholding limit

Onion growers and traders in Nashik district — the onion belt in Maharashtra — will soon approach the Centre with a plea to remove the stockholding limits in the wake of increasing arrivals in the markets. NAFED director Nanasaheb Patil told Financial Express a meeting is slated to be held with Nashik’s district collector along […]

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Nashik farmers to grow new variety of grapes to compete in global markets

A Nashik-based company, owned by farmers, mentioned a week ago on this site has begun a new project to undertake plantation of new Californian variety of grapes in order to compete in the export market. Sahayadri Farmers Producer Company (SFPL) has brought seedlings of the Californian variety of grape seedlings Arra-32 that can withstand adverse […]

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Farmer entrepreneurs become India’s largest grape exporter

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A European Union rejection turned out to be a watershed moment for an entrepreneur’s endeavours who then converted his private grape export company to full-fledged farmer’s cooperative, which is now also India’s largest grape exporter, reports Financial Express. When a consignment from his company was turned down by the EU due to compliance failure in […]

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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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Garlic prices surge sharply as rain hits supply; onion bounces back

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After onions, the prices of garlic have jumped sharply over the last one month on lower availability of last year’s crop ahead of the commencement of winter sowing which raises hopes for increase in acreage this year. Data compiled by Nashik-based National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation (NHRDF) shows garlic prices have more than doubled in the last one […]

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