Are farmers in Maharashtra ditching grape cultivation for sugarcane farming?

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The cycle seems to have turned within a decade. Around 10 years ago, a wave of grape cultivation had gripped Maharashtra. Farmers ditched sugarcane and turned to grapes in huge numbers. Today, farmers are ditching grape farming and turning back to sugarcane cultivation.   Fact is grape cultivation has turned costlier in the state. Grape vines require a lot of […]

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India on course for normal rains for second straight year

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India will receive normal monsoon rains for a second consecutive year, which will help maintain food supplies even as parts of the country are again facing a near lockdown. Leading weather forecaster Skymet predicted that the rains during the June-September monsoon would be around 103% of the historical average. Bountiful monsoons helped India achieve a record […]

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Govt pares 2020-21 sugar output estimate down to 30.2 million tonnes

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The country’s sugar production is expected to be 30.2 million tonnes in the ongoing 2020-21 marketing year, about 800,000 tonnes lower than the initial estimate. However, the sugar production is estimated to be higher than 27.4 million tonnes achieved during the 2019-20 marketing year (October-September). Already, sugar mills have produced 23.4 million tonnes of sugar. […]

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Logistics nightmare scuttles ethanol blending programme; targets likely to fall short

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Failing to create adequate tankage for ethanol supplied by sugar producing distilleries, oil marketing companies (OMCs) have started reallocating contracted quantities from several depots, which the distilleries had competed to obtain, to faraway depots in other states. This takes several days, resulting in huge financial losses to the distilleries. In a series of letters exchanged […]

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India notifies modified scheme on ethanol production to assist distilleries

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The Indian government notified a “modified” scheme to provide financial assistance to distilleries producing first-generation ethanol from feedstocks, including cereals. The assistance will be given for capacity expansion, setting up of new ethanol distilleries or converting molasses-based distilleries to dual feedstock. In a statement, the government said sugar mills, distilleries or entrepreneurs are required to submit an application in a prescribed […]

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