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FARM CREDIT


South Indian Bank to double farm credit
SOUTH Indian Bank Ltd has decided to double agricultural credit to farmers in the country in accordance with the policy of the Union Government to support farmers, said Dr V.A. Joseph, Executive Director of the bank. According to Dr Joseph, ... More

RICE


`Safe rice' from Kuttanad
GOLDEN rice ear heads in the Ayyanadu Padasekharam, Kuttanad, have an inspiring saga to narrate. It is the product of a bold effort to raise `safe rice' in an organic way by keeping soil, crop, environment and ecology unspoiled. Chemical-free ... More

`Hike paddy purchase price'
MADURAI: The Tiruchi District Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association has urged the Centre to increase the procurement price for paddy. The President of the Association, Mr G. Kanagasabai, while welcoming the State Government's ... More

SEEDS


Kerala to examine Seed Bill
THE Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, has said that the State Government will examine the Seed Bill 2004 and notify the Centre in case any of its provisions is found detrimental to the interests of farmers. Replying to a submission in the ... More

HORTICULTURE/FRUITS & VEGETABLES


Valentine's season may be mixed for flower exports
THE Valentine's season this year is likely to be a mixed bag for the Indian cut-flower exports. Though exporters are bullish about the European market following a surge in orders, a section of them feel that sales in the Far-East, especially ... More

RUBBER


Block rubber production languishing
DESPITE being the fourth largest natural rubber producer in the world, production of technically specified rubber (TSR) has been remarkably low in the country. And nobody is sure how to boost the output. Growers, processors and consumers all ... More

Spot rubber steady
SPOT rubber prices remained steady on Wednesday. Major manufacturers continued to abstain but the selling from dealers eased. The statement made by the Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, on steps to hold prices helped improve market ... More

TECHNOLOGY


Cabinet okays extension of agri tech project
THE Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a six-month extension of the World Bank assisted National Agricultural Technology Project till June 30. There will be no fresh outgo because of the extension, as the additional expenditure ... More

PRECIOUS METALS


Rajesh Exports in talks to form venture with Australian mining co
THE Bangalore-based Rajesh Exports Ltd (REL) is in the final stages of negotiations with an Australian gold mining and refining company to enter into a strategic alliance for direct supply of its gold requirement. "As for the nature of the deal ... More

OILSEEDS & EDIBLE OIL


Clean chit to Marico's saffola ad
MARICO Industries Ltd, engaged in the business of manufacturing and marketing cooking and haircare oils under various brand names, including `Saffola Gold', has got a clean chit from the Monopolies & Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) More

COFFEE


J.N. Raj is Coffee Board Secretary
BANGALORE: Mr J.N. Raj took over as the Secretary of the Coffee Board on Monday. Mr Raj, who belongs to the Indian Forest Service from Karnataka, has served in various capacities in different parts of the State, said a Coffee Board ... More

SPICES & CONDIMENTS


Marketfed to buy pepper until price tops Rs 75/kg
THE Kerala Cooperative Marketing Federation (Marketfed) is ready to procure all the pepper produced in the State, if required, according to Mr P.P. Thankachan, Chairman, Marketfed. Speaking at a press conference here, he said that Marketfed ... More

EVENTS


Small wonder
A bonsai date palm with a toddy pot on display at the flower show organised by the East Coast Railway at Visakhapatnam Railway Station on Wednesday.

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