Farmers in India find rabi sales profitable, despite early market lockdown disruptions

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Wheat prices have increased about 3 per cent to nearly Rs 1,900 per quintal during April-June quarter from the year-ago period. Similarly, there has been 25 per cent and 15 per cent increase in prices of masur and mustard respectively during the period, while their corresponding arrivals dropped by 3 per cent and 37 per […]

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Bihar doubles rice, wheat, maize crop yield, despite significant regional inequity: World Bank report

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A World Bank research paper has revealed that even as crop yield levels remain low in Bihar, there has been an uptick in productivity growth over the last 15 years or so. “Bihar, India’s poorest state, witnessed impressive yield growth in each of its three principal crops over 2005–17,” said the research report. The yields of […]

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Container woes at Kakinada port disrupts Indian rice exports; Thailand, Vietnam find opportunity

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India’s rice exporters are struggling to fulfil orders due to limited availability of containers. Irregular attendance of workers at the rice mills has further disrupted operations at Kakinada, the biggest handling port on the east coast, reports Reuters. Slowing shipments from the world’s biggest rice exporter could allow rivals like Thailand and Vietnam to raise […]

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Data – India’s kharif sowing area

India’s Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare released the following details of the area under kharif sowing as of July 24: Rice: About 220.24 lakh ha area coverage under rice as compared to 187.70 lakh ha. during the corresponding period of last year. Pulses: About 99.71 lakh ha area coverage under pulses as compared […]

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Need to shift from rice to millet cultivation to deal with India’s water crisis – official

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Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said there is a need to shift from rice to millet cultivation to reduce high water consumption.   Millets are nutritious and rich in micro nutrients, particularly protein and calcium, and they must be used in safety net schemes for women and children to reduce high water consumption, he said in […]

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Flooding in eastern India raises concerns about crop size for world’s largest rice exporter

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Heavy monsoon rains over the Indian subcontinent have raised concerns whether the world’s largest exporter of rice will be on track for another record crop. Parts of India’s eastern states of Assam and Bihar have been inundated, with heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of Nepal’s Gandak river submerging nearby areas. Both the states are […]

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India sees trade surplus for the first time in 18 years as imports fall higher than exports

India’s exports fell for the fourth straight month in June as shipments of key segments like petroleum and textiles declined, but the country’s trade turned surplus for the first time in 18 years as imports dropped by a steeper 47.59 per cent. Exports in value terms declined by 12.41 per cent to $21.91 billion in […]

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