India needs deep synergies to implement radical farm reforms, says official

India will need to create deep synergies in the agriculture supply chain for implementation of recent path-breaking reforms that have freed up farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country, according to Nandita Gupta, joint secretary in the department of food and public distribution The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Ordinance 2020 recently removed a […]

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India eyes creation of energy storage regulator

An expert committee under India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has proposed a draft for the creation of the National Energy Storage Mission (NESM) to create an enabling policy and regulatory framework that encourages manufacturing, deployment, innovation and further cost reduction. The expert committee was formed last February 2018. The Indian government aims to […]

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Agriculture groups suggest major changes to USDA’s biotech regulatory proposal

A letter sent by 103 agricultural organisations in the US commended USDA (US Department of Agriculture) for some “very positive and bold steps in the right direction” but urged the government body to introduce major changes in order to ensure the new rules encourage innovation. “We are supportive of USDA’s efforts to modernize its regulations, […]

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Indian Q3 gold demand down sharply year-on-year on government’s drive for transparency and accountability – WGC

India’s demand for its favourite metal gold fell to multi-year lows in the third quarter of 2016, as consumers continued to face challenges due to the government’s drive for transparency and accountability, the World Gold Council said in its latest demand trends report. The report said demand for gold fell 28 percent year-on-year to 154.7 […]

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High prices, poor rural demand and regulations hit India’s gold jewellery demand hard.

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A combination of high prices, weaker rural demand and government regulations ensured that gold jewellery demand in India did not bounce back in the second quarter, the World Gold Council (WGC) said in its latest quarterly report. Paltry import numbers and steep local discounts were omens of a disappointingly weak quarter, the WGC said, adding […]

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