Coal block auction to start shortly; mines auctioned 4 years ago still behind production target

Union minister Pralhad Joshi Wednesday said the auction of coal blocks would commence “very shortly”. The coal minister also said that major policy changes would also be notified very shortly and expressed hope that the auction would be successful. However, coal mines, which were awarded through flagship e-auction during the BJP’s first term, are still […]

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Pomegranates in the desert? Farmers in India’s Barmer show the way

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By Ritwik Sinha Farmers in the desert district of Barmer in the western Indian state of Rajasthan are increasingly turning to pomegranates as part of their strategy to diversify to commercial crops. Bazra, moth, moong and guar have been traditional crops of the region, but pomegranates cultivation has made a significant headway since the beginning […]

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Vedanta gets green nod for Rs 12,000 crore oil and gas expansion project in Rajasthan

Mining moghul Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta Ltd has received environment clearance for the expansion of its oil and gas operation in Rajasthan that would entail an investment of Rs 12,000 crore, according to an official circular. The proposal is to expand onshore oil and gas production from the existing 3,00,000 BOPD (barrels oil per day) to 4,00,000 BOPD and 165 mmscfd (million […]

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India’s rapeseed production may hit record 8.5 million tonnes in 2018-19: SEA

Rapeseed production in India in 2018/19 is expected to rise nearly 19 per cent from a year earlier to a record 8.5 million tonnes due to conducive weather and as higher prices prompted farmers to expand areas under planting, a leading trade body Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) said in a statement. Rapeseed mustard […]

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Inter-state Agri trading via eNAM in 8 Indian states so far: Government of India

Eight states including Uttar Pradesh are offering inter-state trading via 21 electronic national agricultural market (eNAM) so far in the country, the Agriculture Department said. Under the eNAM, launched in 2016, agri-trading was initially allowed within a mandi and later inter-mandi within a state was permitted. So far, 10 states are offering inter-mandi trade within […]

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Soybean output in India likely to reach 110 lakh tonnes on high acreage

Due to increase in acreage and conducive weather condition, country’s Soybean output is likely to touch 105 lakh tonne-110 lakh tonnes, industry experts aver. Although there was a drought like situation in some parts of key growing area, Soybean output have not been impacted much. The average production of the previous three seasons is in […]

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Cotton Corporation of India to procure cotton directly from farmers in Rajasthan

The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) will procure cotton directly from farmers in Rajasthan at the minimum support price (MSP) and make the payment to their accounts in the upcoming cotton season. Rajasthan thus becomes the first cotton-growing state in the northern region to make direct transaction compulsory for procurement at MSP. “The CCI needs […]

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