Coal block auction to start shortly; mines auctioned 4 years ago still behind production target

Union minister Pralhad Joshi Wednesday said the auction of coal blocks would commence “very shortly”. The coal minister also said that major policy changes would also be notified very shortly and expressed hope that the auction would be successful. However, coal mines, which were awarded through flagship e-auction during the BJP’s first term, are still […]

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India’s cotton imports may rise 80% this year; China to sell 800,000 tonnes of cotton from state reserves

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India’s cotton imports are likely to rise by 80 per cent this crop year (October 2018 to September 2019) to 2.7 million bales (one bale equals 170 kg) as compared to 1.5 million the previous year, according to latest data compiled by apex industry body, Cotton Association of India (CAI). “The major reason is unavailability […]

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Inter-state Agri trading via eNAM in 8 Indian states so far: Government of India

Eight states including Uttar Pradesh are offering inter-state trading via 21 electronic national agricultural market (eNAM) so far in the country, the Agriculture Department said. Under the eNAM, launched in 2016, agri-trading was initially allowed within a mandi and later inter-mandi within a state was permitted. So far, 10 states are offering inter-mandi trade within […]

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Indian cabinet approves proposal for higher allocation of power to host states after NTPC power projects are complete

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of Ministry of Power to allocate 85 per cent power to the Government of Telangana generated from Telangana Super Thermal Power Project (4000MW) of NTPC Ltd. The cabinet also approved the allocation of 85 per cent power from expansion project of Patratu […]

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India’s Telangana state restricts use of glyphosate to control herbicide tolerant cotton

The Telangana state government has put severe restrictions on the use of glyphosate, a controversial herbicide, in agricultural and horticultural crops in general and cotton in particular to curb the illegal use and spread of herbicide tolerant cotton (or Bt3) in the state. It has asked the pesticide dealers not to sell the herbicide, which […]

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India’s state of Telangana to replace large chunks of cotton cultivation with palm oil for better yield

Cotton is unlikely to remain the main cash crop which is widely cultivated in Telangana as 6.75 lakh acres in 204 mandals in the state have been distinguished for oil palm plantation this month. To kick-start the transition, 50,000 acres of land in Khammam and Bhadrachalam regions are now reserved solely for oil palm cultivation. […]

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