USDA projects India’s cotton production to rise to 29.5 million bales in 2019-20; pegs soybean crop at 11 million tonnes

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts India’s cotton production for 2019/20 at 29.5 million 480-pound bales, up nearly 2 per cent from last month and up 11 per cent from the previous year. The increase is based on improved weather conditions in the major cotton areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Harvested area is […]

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Cotton prices start rising on monsoon-led crop damage, pink bollworm attack

Cotton prices have started rising the past one week due to lower production estimates this year, following reports of crop damage on erratic rainfall and pink bollworm attack on standing crops in major growing regions, reports Business Standard. Data compiled by Agmarknet.in showed raw cotton prices in Warangal mandi surged by 7 per cent the past 10 days […]

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Indian states of Punjab, Haryana may harvest 300 lakh tonnes of wheat this season; El Nino may spoil the party next year

With an extended winter and spell of rain at regular intervals during the ongoing Rabi season, the key grain growing States of Punjab and Haryana are expected to reap a bumper harvest of wheat at nearly 300 lakh tonnes. For the state of Punjab, the agriculture department is expecting about 180 lakh tonnes of wheat […]

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COMMENTARY – Kerala floods to hit India’s coffee, spices and rubber output hard

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The devastating floods in Kerala have brought the state’s economy to a standstill, with tens of thousands of farmers clueless about their future, as rainwaters have destroyed yearlong plantations, hitting coffee, spices and rubber. “Preliminary findings show that nearly 1,82,000 farmers are directly affected, and nearly 28,150 hectares of farm land are submerged in flood […]

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