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Tuesday, August 07, 2001

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Agri-Business

Agriculture
Call to bridge tobacco yield gaps
TOBACCO scientists should strive to bridge the yield gaps at the farm level and help farmers obtain maximum possible yields for different varieties in the wake of a stiff competition especially from China, Dr P. Dayachari, the Chairman of the Tobacco Boa rd, has said.

Commodities
Bertolli plans to promote olive oil for cooking
THE Mediterranean diet is the most balanced way to eat in terms of nutritional values, according to Bertolli International, leading manufacturer of olive oil.

Palm oil tariff rates to be revised periodically
THE Finance Ministry has said the tariff values of $337, $351 and $372 per tonne fixed in respect of imported crude palm oil, RBD palm oil and RBD palmolein, respectively would be revised periodically in tandem with international price movements of these commodities.

Plantations


Coffee harvesting
Coffee harvesting is on in a multi-crop farm at Kottilpara in Kerala's Palakkad district. For the last 7 years, high-yielding coffee varieties have been cultivated in the region.

Rubber
Low-cost rubber tapping method developed
A NEW research finding by the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) is set to reduce the cost of crop exploitation in rubber plantations.

Tea
Tea import should be no cause for worry
EVEN as the captains of the plantation industry continue to urge the Government to ban the import of tea and raise the customs duty to 150 per cent, the Tea Board feels that imports should cause no concern.


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