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CLIMATE & WEATHER


Panic over monsoon projections unwarranted
Any serious apprehension of a major setback to the country's kharif crop hopes may be misplaced. More

CSIR body sees monsoon slackening in July
A COUNCIL of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) body sees significant deficit in rainfall during July, though monsoon is expected to set in on time and good rainfall is projected during June. The CSIR Centre for Mathematic Modelling and ... More

HORTICULTURE/FRUITS & VEGETABLES


Demand for virus-resistant tomato strains
THE escalating demand for the `cherry-red, oval-shape' tomato has drawn plant-breeders to strengthen research efforts and develop virus-resistant varieties. Plant-breeders concede to the need to reorient their research efforts based on ... More

RUBBER


Rising rubber prices seen stabilising soon
NATURAL rubber prices are up by Rs 4-4.50 a kg as compared with the same a year ago, but consuming industries are hopeful that the rates would stabilise soon. The benchmark RSS (ribbed smoked sheet) 4 grade on Thursday closed at Rs 62 a kg, ... More

Spot rubber prices up on active buying
SPOT rubber prices bounced back on Thursday. RSS 4 improved to Rs 62 from Rs 61.50 a kg at Kottayam and Kochi. Covering groups and purchase agents turned aggressive once again fearing short supply as most of the sellers preferred to maintain ... More

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS


Spot gold may head lower
SPOT gold prices continued to fall lower in line with our expectations. Key US economic data on payroll numbers and trade deficit surpassed market expectations and sparked a rally in the dollar denting bullion demand. The dollar gained after a ... More

POULTRY


Award for Suguna Poultry
COIMBATORE: The integrated poultry company, Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd, has won the best productivity award from the National Productivity Council for the year 2003-04 for the poultry sector. The award was presented at a function in New Delhi ... More

AGRICULTURAL POLICY


Safeguard duty on tapioca starch imports
THE Finance Ministry has imposed safeguard duty on imports of tapioca starch. The levy will be for three years. For the first year (May 2, 2005- May 1, 2006), the duty has been pegged at 33 per cent, followed by a 23 per cent the next year. ... More

NATURAL CALAMITIES


799 `genuine' suicide cases recorded in one year: AP Govt
THE total number of `genuine' farm-related suicide cases stands at 799 during first year of Congress rule in the State. The drought-hit Mahboobnagar recorded the highest number, at 91. Kurnool recorded 90 cases and Karimnagar district ... More


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