India likely to ban 27 Pesticides; expert committee appointed

About 27 pesticides are likely to be banned by the central government, the union minister for agriculture and farmers’ welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, announced in Rajya Sabha. The government has already appointed an expert committee in this regard.   At the same time, the Standing Committee on Agriculture has invited public opinion on Pesticide Management Bill 2020 and the bill is under […]

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World total grains production cut on reduced Brazil maize production – IGC


A reduced outlook for Brazilian maize is mainly behind a 3m t m/m (month-on-month) cut for world 2020/21 total grains (wheat and coarse grains) production, to 2,216m, the International Grains Council (IGC) said in its latest monthly report. With total consumption fractionally higher m/m and opening stocks trimmed, the carryover at the end of 2020/21 is lowered […]

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India’s exports of cereals witnessed sharp spike in 2020-21

India saw a sharp rise in exports of rice (basmati and non-basmati), wheat and other cereals in 2020-21 to new markets and attributed it to the synergy and collaboration between various stakeholders—farmers, millers, exporters, and government agencies. APEDA in collaboration with stakeholders has been exploring new opportunities through ensuring market access, adherence to products qualities […]

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India, Pakistan clash in European Union over GI tag for Basmati


The long-grained aromatic Basmati rice, grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and in the Indo-Gangetic belt and in some areas of Pakistan, finds the itself in the thick of a stormy tussle between the two neighbours over the right to protected geographical identification (PGI) trademark in the European Union. “In 2018, India had filed […]

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Data – Latest USDA agri forecast for 2021/22

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided the following forecast for various crops in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report: Wheat Global production is raised to a record with larger crops in the European Union, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Global consumption is revised higher with more feed and residual use, […]

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Second wave of COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions will have no impact on India’s agri sector: Niti Aayog

Niti Aayog Member (Agriculture) Ramesh Chand has said that the second COVID-19 wave will not impact the Indian agriculture sector in any way as rural areas saw spread of infections in May when agriculture activities remained at bare minimum.  In an interview with Press Trust of India (PTI), Chand said that India’s policies on subsidy, price […]

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