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FARM CREDIT
PNB advises AP farmers to avoid moneylenders
IN efforts to identify farmers in Andhra Pradesh affected by natural calamities and to reschedule or offer fresh loans as per the RBI guidelines, Punjab National Bank (PNB) has advised the farming community not to approach private moneylenders ... More

CLIMATE & WEATHER
Lung space
The Thekkin Kadu Maidan in Thrissur town is in full bloom after the monsoon showers. The ground, named after a teak grove, has been witness to many an action during the freedom struggle. Its name is now being changed into Vadakkunnatha Temple ... More

CULTIVATION
Scanty rainfall slows down rice, cane sowing
POOR rainfall in June has brought about a tardy progress in sowing of rice even as sugarcane acreage continues to lag behind during the current kharif season. With central parts of the country experiencing rains since Friday, sowing is ... More

Happy going!
The monsoon showers encouraged this farmer to begin tilling his land in Virar near Mumbai. He is hoping for more such days ahead.

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INSIGHT
Not by bank credit alone
THE Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, has announced a new initiative to increase the flow of credit to the farm sector. Obviously, he has been led to this move by the story of apparent continued neglect of ... More

TEA
Tea prices spurt at Kochi sale
A GOOD general demand has resulted in the spurting of prices of almost all varieties of tea at the Kochi tea auction. Of the quantity of 9,17,000 kg on offer in the dust category, CTC market was all round easier by Rs 1-2 and sometimes more. ... More

Poor tea quality saps demand at Coonoor auction
IT was a quality-demand market when a quantity of 14.39 lakh kg - the largest for any week so far this year - was offered for sale at the auctions conducted by the Coonoor tea Trade Association (CTTA) here. ``Wherever quality showed up, ... More

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Downward tweak in cotton
NYCE cotton futures ended sharply lower on Friday due to all round selling from commercials, trade and funds to fresh all-time lows ahead of a holiday weekend. The cotton market will be shut on Monday for the US Independence Day. The annual US ... More

AGRICULTURAL POLICY
`Nabard to work closely with co-ops, RRBs'
THE National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) will become more pro-active and work closely with co-operative, commercial and regional rural banks in the days to come, according to Ms Ranjana Kumar, Chairperson. Inaugurating ... More

AP mulls Act to regulate quality of seeds to farmers
THE Andhra Pradesh Government, if possible, would come out with a State Seed Act to regulate the quality of seeds supplied to farmers. It would examine the legal aspects in this regard, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has ... More

EVENTS
Concern over soil fertility
MADURAI: The importance of soil fertility for better growth and yield of a crop, was stressed at a state-level seminar on `Improved agronomic practices for horticulture crops' held at Horticulture College and Research Station (HCRS), ... More

NATURAL CALAMITIES
`Govt apathy to blame for Rayalaseema suicides'
The never-ending suicides by farmers and unaccounted hunger deaths have been largely because of the apathy of successive governments to the chronic problems plaguing the region. More




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