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Friday, February 09, 2001

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Agriculture
Copra traders, millers plan dharna on Feb 14
REPRESENTATIVES of various organisations connected with copra trade and oil milling industry in Kerala are planning to stage a dharna before the State Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram on February 14 to draw the Government's attention to the grave situa tion of the sector.

Decision on wheat MSP deferred again
THE Government has deferred yet again a decision on fixing the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat and other rabi crops for the 2001-02 marketing season beginning April.

AP farmers hail curbs on smoking
THE Andhra Pradesh Virginia Tobacco Growers' Association has welcomed the Centre's move to ban smoking in public places, impose restrictions on cigarette advertisements and reduce production of tobacco.

Aquaculture
Stage set for Vizag seafood fair
BRISK arrangements are on at the sprawling Vizag Port stadium, the venue for the three-day thirteenth India International Seafood Show 2001 beginning February 9.

MPEDA to focus on ornamental fish export
THE country's seafood export basket is all set to acquire a new splash of colour, with Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) laying the groundwork for increased export of ornamental fish.

Move to build brand equity for seafood exports
THE Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has initiated a move to build brand equity for Indian seafood exports in the US and other overseas markets.

Courts
SC upholds HC order on water cess refund
THE Supreme Court has upheld the Allahabad High Court's judgement directing refund of water cess illegally collected from industrial units manufacturing sugar from sugar cane and liquor and alcohol from molasses in Uttar Pradesh.

Fertilisers
Fertiliser Ministry not for urea price hike
THE Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, has said his Ministry was opposed to any increase in urea prices in the Union Budget. But ultimately, ``the decision has to be taken by the Finance Ministry''.

Sugar
ISMA seeks minimum price for exports
THE Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has urged the Union Government to fix a minimum export price to check unhealthy competition among the exporters. Moreover, sugar exports to Pakistan are facing problems owing to infrastructure bottlenecks, lack o f co-operation from the Pakistan government and negative publicity.


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