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Kerala: `Excess' rain in 8 dists
AN update on rainfall for the season (February 1 to 16) indicates that eight districts of the State continued to receive `excess' rainfall and three others, `normal'. According to the Agromet Bulletin dated February 17 issued by the Met ... More


ICAI plans standard for agri accounting
THE International Federation of Accountants, with a focus on developing countries, is working to create a favourable climate for investment by promoting an environment of greater integrity and trust in the accounting profession, its President, Mr ... More


S. Asia fisheries sector loss at $520 m: FAO
THE Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) latest estimate for direct losses in the fisheries sector in the South Asian region as a result of the tsunami is around $520 million (Rs 2,200 crore). According to FAO's latest information 111,073 ... More


Rubber steady on covering purchases
Covering purchases neutralised the impact of selling from dealers and traders, but the transactions were extremely low. Major buyers kept off as usual and selling from growers was also reported to be almost nil. RSS 4 made a static close at Rs ... More


Corporate battle for sugarcane intensifies
In the event of these new capacities materialising, there is bound to be tremendous competition for cane supplies among all factories in the area. More

ISEC buys raw sugar at $244/t
INDIAN Sugar Exim Corporation Ltd (ISEC) has managed to contract two large raw sugar import consignments aggregating about 1,07,750 tonnes on behalf of northern mills at $243-244 per tonne (Mundra port delivery), which is $13-14 per tonne below ... More


Tea exports up a tad
THE Indian tea industry has managed to register a nominal growth in exports during 2004 compared to 2003, but net exports have fallen sharply. According to figures release by the Tea Board, exports during 2004 were 177 million kg against 173 ... More

Drive to help women SHGs become plantation owners in Nilgiris
TWELVE women SHGs (Self Help Groups) in the Nilgiris are to become proud owners of 25 acres of tea plantations within the next fortnight. The Rural Development Organisation (RDO) Trust Executive Director, Mr N.K. Perumal, told Business ... More


Kerala: Water levels recede in major reservoirs
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Water levels in the three major reservoirs in the State — Idukki, Idamalayar and Kallada — have recorded a slight decline compared to those recorded a week ago. As per the figures supplied by the Central ... More


Karnataka Gold Festival from April 4
THE World Gold Council, in association with The Art of Jewellery magazine and jewellery associations will hold `Karnataka Gold Festival 2005' across the State from April 4 to May 25. Addressing presspersons here on Friday, the Chief ... More


Castorseed output seen increasing 12 pc
CASTORSEED production in the country, world's largest producer, is expected to increase to around 8.53 lakh tonnes for the current season 2004-05, up by 12 per cent over previous season 2003-04, according to a study by AC Neilsen ORG-Marg. The ... More


Imports from Guatemala keep cardamom depressed despite thin arrivals
CARDAMOM prices remained depressed despite thin arrivals for want of buying support at auctions in Kerala and Tamil Nadu during this week. Upcountry buyers were inactive, while exporters kept away. Availability of cardamom imported from ... More

Kamal Nath's help sought on pepper imports
THE State Government has sought the intervention of the Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Kamal Nath, on the issue of pepper imports from Sri Lanka under the Free Trade Agreement. At a meeting with Mr Kamal Nath here on Thursday evening, the ... More

Pungent deal
A farmer harvesting pepper on Friday. The State Co-operative Marketing Federation (Marketfed) has procured 400 tonnes of pepper at Rs 75 per kg from small and marginal farmers in the districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, ... More

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