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Farm sector — III
Walking away from the problem

The real problem is still too many mouths with too little in the pockets to put enough food each day on their plates. The prospects are grim and running away from the problem is no longer a policy option. The only long-term solution is to bring dow n the number of people employed in the farm sector. More

FLORICULTURE
Seminars on floriculture
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two national seminars on `Floriculture' and `Role of fruits and vegetables in heath and nutrition' will be organised here on Saturday in connection with the ongoing Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show 2004. The ... More

RUBBER
Rubber prices dip
KOTTAYAM: Rubber prices fell again as selling pressure increased on Thursday. Sheet rubber RSS 4 weakened to Rs 50 a kg. RSS 3 closed at Rs 56.72 a kg at Bangkok. The near month February delivery was quoted at Rs 51, March at Rs 52.92, ... More

TEA
UPASI bourse plans trading in 3 tea grades
THE UPASI Commodities Exchange Ltd (UCEL), the first exchange constituted by the producers' body, has set the stage for futures trading in tea. "We are planning to go live before the end of February," Mr B.R. Bhansali, Chairman, UCEL, told ... More

FOODGRAINS
Kerala plans foodgrain bank
The State Government proposed to set up foodgrain godowns in 50 tribal villages in the State as part of the drive for consolidating food security. The Tribal Welfare Minister, Mr M.A. Kuttappan, told the House that the programme envisaged the ... More

COFFEE
Visakha Coffee Utsav on Feb 2
THE Coffee Board will organise the Visakha Coffee Utsav for two days from February 2 at the Viswapriya function hall on the beach road here. Coffee is grown by Girijan farmers in the agency (tribal) areas of Visakhapatnam district, and ... More

POULTRY
Venkateshwara Hatcheries allays bird flu fears
ALLAYING fears over the spread of bird flu into India, a leading player in the poultry sector Venkateswara Hatcheries said on Wednesday that the poultry industry and the national laboratories are fully geared to prevent this disease, even in the ... More

No reports of bird flu in the country: Sushma Swaraj
THE Union Health Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, has said the country is free from bird flu and that no cases have been reported so far. However as a precautionary measure, advisories have been issued to State Governments to remain alert on any ... More

AP poultry body sees scope for export boom
EVEN as South-East Asia and Pakistan fear a bird flu epidemic, the Andhra Pradesh Poultry Federation (APPF) finds a major opportunity in the form of exports from India. The federation is of the view that the country could successfully cash in ... More

Arambagh Hatcheries eyes overseas market
KEEN to turn a threat into opportunity, the city-based Arambagh Hatcheries, one of the bigger players in the organised poultry industry, is now eyeing market in countries such as Japan. These markets were being catered to by some of the ... More

SPICES & CONDIMENTS
Good scope seen for spices in US, Japan
THE Spices Board has identified the US and Japan as potential export markets with the former alone expected to generate $80 million, constituting 10 per cent of that market, in the next five years. "A market survey has suggested that the Indian ... More

Spicy interaction
An Indian exporter with South Korean delegates at an exhibition organised as part of World Spice Congress 2004 in Hyderabad on Thursday. A large numbers of foreign delegates are attending. ... More

AGRICULTURAL POLICY
OECD farm subsidies distorting trade: IBRD
THE World Bank has expressed concern over the huge farm subsidies doled out by Governments in industrialised countries, which, it says, is distorting world trade in agricultural products and resulting in income losses for farmers in developing ... More

EVENTS
Dairy & beverage meet from Feb 11
TETRA Pak India will be hosting the 6th National Dairy & Beverage Seminar on "Innovation for Growth" in Hyderabad from February 11 to 13.The seminar is supported by the Aseptic Food Processing & Packaging Industry Association of India. The . More




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