India to provide fortified rice to school kids under mid-day meal programme

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The government has decided to supply fortified rice in schools covered under the mid-day meal programme as part of its effort to fight malnutrition, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey revealed at a seminar organised by industry body PHDCCI. The rice will be fortified with three micronutrients, vitamin B12, iron and folic acid, he said. Addressing the […]

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India procures 9.81 million tonnes of paddy at MSP for Rs 18,540 crore

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State-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state procurement agencies have bought 98.19 lakh tonnes of paddy for Rs 18,540 crore. “Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is progressing at a fast pace in the procuring states/UTs of Punjab, Haryana, UP, TN, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, J&K and Kerala with purchase of over 98.19 lakh tonnes of paddy up […]

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India’s agriculture ministry pegs Kharif foodgrain production at a record 144.52 million tonnes in 2020-21

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Foodgrain production is pegged at record 144.52 million tonnes in the 2020-21 kharif season notwithstanding COVID-19 crisis, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Foodgrain production stood at 143.38 million tonnes during the 2019-20 kharif season, as per official data. Currently, harvesting of kharif crops is underway. Rice is the main kharif crop. “Foodgrain production will […]

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Global cereal markets to remain well supplied in 2020/21, says FAO

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Global cereal markets are expected to remain adequately supplied in 2020/21 despite this month’s downward revisions to production and inventories, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its latest monthly report. With trade in cereals seen expanding in 2020/21, global cereal markets continue to demonstrate their resilience amidst the challenges and uncertainty caused by […]

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Monsoon boosts top rice exporter India’s prospects

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Strong monsoon rains have buoyed top rice exporter India’s prospects amid competitive prices and expectations of a record summer crop,  a top trade official told indoasianommodities.com. Exports of premium basmati rice have notched an 11% growth between April and June. Though data is not yet available for July and August, indications are that the trend […]

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