AGRI-BIZ & COMMODITIES
Transferring rights to farmers vital to curb inefficiencies in Maharashtra
GOING by records and claims, Maharashtra's 300-odd major, medium and minor irrigation projects have included 95.41 lakh acres under their command areas but more than 62 lakh acres of that do not get any water to their crops because of the huge ...
Rubber prices rule steady
THE physical rubber market ruled almost steady as buyers restricted their purchases to a limited quantity. Scattered enquiries pushed up the prices of ungraded rubber and ISNR 20 by 50 paise, while the other grades were static amidst low ...
Spot gold may pull back
GOLD prices recovered on Wednesday and closed higher helped by a weaker dollar. US economic data has been mixed till now which, helped precious metals recover from their recent lows. The dollar backtracked after the release of a disappointing ...
Platinum, palladium spread widening
A GENUINELY tight physical market, continuing robust demand and return of speculative interest to the long side have all combined to not only keep platinum prices buoyant, but also widen the spread with palladium, contrary to the expectation of ...
Nabard CD on farm projects
Crop failures trap cotton farmers in debt
THE rudimentary economics of agriculture has turned turtle. Consider the condition of Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, which is known for fine cotton, juicy oranges and suicidal farmers. The only people making money here this kharif season are ...
Activists step up campaign for ban on gutkha
THE Supreme Court judgment on August 2 withdrawing the ban on sale of gutkha in Maharashtra, imposed by the State Government in August 2002, on technical grounds has prompted social activists and NGOs in Mumbai to step up their campaign for a ...
AP CM to take up tobacco barn issue with Centre
THE Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has agreed to take up the issue of the recent regularisation of tobacco barns in Karnataka and its adverse impact on the State farmers with the Union Commerce Ministry in New Delhi ...
Protect tobacco growers in AP, CM tells Centre
THE Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, urged the Union Commerce Minister, Mr Kamal Nath, to protect the interests of the State tobacco growers by keeping in abeyance the orders pertaining to increasing the Karnataka tobacco crop size and ...
Poultry sector urged to focus on organic farming
THE poultry sector has been urged to give serious thought to diversifying into organic poultry to get away from pollution and high concentration in specific zones. To achieve this, Ms Neerja Rajkumar, Joint Secretary in the Department of Animal ...
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