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FARM CREDIT
Even innovative micro-financing schemes may need re-engineering
A SPRINKLING of rain over the past few days has covered Vidarbha in a deceptive green that is mostly stunted seedlings of jowar, soyabean and moong struggling for traces of water in the parched earth beneath. A pleasant air hides the ... More

CLIMATE & WEATHER
Concerns over poor monsoon have receded: Chidambaram
THE Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, said on Tuesday that worries over a poor monsoon had receded and it is expected to be good this year. "There was concern over monsoon. Mercifully, those concerns have receded and I am sure that ... More

Time to cheer
The children of a farmer in Lemoor village in Ranga Reddy district celebrate the arrival of rains on Tuesday. The family owns five acres of land, which did not fetch much last year due to low rainfall. The current rains have brought some cheer ... More

CULTIVATION
Raising hopes
Farmers nursing soyabean crop on their field near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Though rains have lashed the northern State a little late, they have raised their hopes of a reasonable harvest, particularly of oilseeds and coarse grains. ... More

AP to encourage ethanol plants
THE Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to promote establishment of 10 to 12 units of ethanol production plants that would use the sweet sorghum varieties developed by the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics ... More

HORTICULTURE/FRUITS & VEGETABLES

  • Perambalur onion hit by pest

    RUBBER
    Rubber steady on limited arrivals
    Trading volumes declined while the arrivals were thin. continued to be narrow. As the covering groups put a halt to their purchases, sheet rubber RSS 4 lost 50 paise to close at Rs 58 against Monday's Rs 58.50. on Monday. The Rubber futures ... More

    SUGAR
    Sugar prices spurt on lower sale quota
    SUGAR prices on Tuesday touched the year's high of Rs 1,661 per quintal for medium grade on lower free sale quota of 10 lakh tonnes announced by the Centre for August, against market expectation of 12 lakh tonnes. As a result, sugar prices in ... More

    PM may unveil sugar package on I-Day — Loans to mills to be rescheduled
    THE much-talked about `package' for the sugar industry is almost ready, with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, likely to announce it in his maiden Independence Day address. The main components of the package, official sources said, include ... More

    WATER
    Dasmunshi moots farmers' exchange programme
    IF the Water Resource Minister, Mr Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, has his way, farmers from Andhra Pradesh would soon go calling on their counterparts in Karnataka in order to better understand each others' problems. "I feel that States should ... More

    Water release from Prakasam barrage begins
    FARMERS in the Krishna delta are heaving a sigh of relief, as floodwaters of Munneru (a rivulet) are joining the main river with heavy rains in the catchment area. This has enabled the irrigation authorities here to release water from the ... More

    FOODS & FOOD PROCESSING
    US team inspecting seafood factories
    A US Department of Commerce team has come down to the country to inspect the seafood factories of the three mandatory respondents, who have been asked to submit details on their procurement, processing and production statistics, in relation to ... More

    MPEDA to launch logo scheme for value-added seafood products
    The scheme is part of the measures the authority plans to take to revive exports that have declined 6.6% last fiscal. More

    METALS
    Non-ferrous metals meet to focus on tech transfer
    AN international conference on non-ferrous metals to be held here this week seeks to discuss issues concerning the non-ferrous industry in the country. The two-day event will try to find techno-economic solutions from global majors, according ... More

    COTTON
    Malady of Yavatmal — Cotton turns a killer
    Why are cotton farmers of Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, where the annual farm turnover is often in six digits, driven to committing suicide? More than the incidence of spurious pesticides or defective seeds, as in Andhra Pradesh, it is the State mon opoly procurement scheme that has pushed them deep into debt and, now, the harsh process of loan recovery, says Sharad Joshi. More

    SPICES & CONDIMENTS
    Vanilla trade pauses for Madagascar arrivals
    Production this year in Madagascar is estimated to be around 1,300 tonnes of cured beans as against 500 tonnes last year. Low production in that country last year pushed the prices to exorbitant levels of $560 a kg. More

    EVENTS
    Coimbatore to host poultry expo
    POULTRY Expo 2004, the national exhibition and conference on poultry, will be held in Coimbatore this week. The exhibition is being hosted by Hyderabad-based poultry business publication Poultry Fortune, owned by NRS ... More

    NATURAL CALAMITIES
    Centre sending team to assess Kerala farmers' woes
    The Centre is sending a multi-disciplinary team with experts from Agriculture, Finance and Commerce Ministries. More




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