AGRI-BIZ & COMMODITIES
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Monsoon plays truant again in Kerala
AS the northeast monsoon is well and truly over, Kerala has recorded a shortfall of 5 per cent during the season. According to Mr M.D. Ramachandran, Director, Met Office, Thiruvananthapuram, this would not normally have mattered but for the ...
UK company signs MoU with Bengal firm for flower exports
PERHAPS not too far from where George Bernard Shaw's Eliza Doolittle sold her flowers in Covent Garden, blooms and buds from this State might try to find a space in hearts of flower-loving Britons, very soon. A UK-based company on Friday ...
HORTICULTURE/FRUITS & VEGETABLES
TN onion growers' plea for trading centre
ONION growers in Tamil Nadu have demanded the establishment of an exclusive trading centre. According to Mr K. Ramarajan, a grower and district secretary of the Farmers and Toilers Party, the input costs have increased and setting up of a ...
Plea to scrap subsidy on natural rubber exports
The domestic tyre makers have said the subsidy gives an unfair advantage to tyre exporters in other countries in their competition with tyre exports from India.
Uncertainty continues in rubber market
UNCERTAINTY continued to prevail in the rubber market and the rates closed flat on Friday. Traders appeared waiting for a clear trend to emerge and the trading activities were in a low profile. Sheet rubber RSS 4 closed unchanged at Rs 53 as ...
Tea industry to urge RBI to make Madhukar proposals binding
The industry requires additional funds to the tune of Rs 350 crore for development work in the gardens and address its cash flow issues.
`Quality, consistency key to improving tea exports'
QUALITY, consistency and price should be the mantra for the year ahead for the South Indian tea industry, says the Tea Board Executive Director, Mr Vikram Kapur. "It is a well documented fact that today there is an imbalance in demand and ...
GOLD & SILVER
Hutti Gold Mines makes record monthly output
HUTTI Gold Mines Ltd has touched its highest monthly gold output of 335 kg for December 2003. The country's sole gold producer averages an output of 240-250 kg a month. The Chairman, Mr Parasmal Sukhani, said the company was targeting a ...
Boost for contract farming in cotton
CONTRACT farming for the cultivation of cotton is to be promoted in the Perambalur district. At the initiation of the agriculture department, Super Spinning Mills from Coimbatore and Appachi Cotton Mills from Pollachi, have come forward to ...
AP tobacco auctions from Jan 23
TOBACCO auctions in Andhra Pradesh are scheduled to begin from January 23 in a phased manner, according to Mr K.J.B.V. Subrahmanyam, the Executive Director of the Tobacco Board, here. In an interview, he said auctions were going on in Karnataka ...
SPICES & CONDIMENTS
Uptrend in pepper futures on speculative buying
SPOT pepper prices ruled steady, while futures showed an upward trend on speculative buying by upcountry operators. However, the international market is in a holiday mood. In spot sales, prices of MG 1 and ungarbled remained steady at last ...
Kishor Shamji elected IPSTA chief
KOCHI: The 43rd annual general meeting of the India Pepper and Spice Trade Association on December 31 has elected Mr Kishor Shamji and Mr Ajay Agarwal as President and Vice-President respectively for 2003-04. Other members elected to the ...
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