Coromandel Launches New Fertiliser Brand ‘GROSHAKTI’

Coromandel International Ltd has been serving the farming community by providing best quality and new technology fertilizers to farmers of India since 1961. Coromandel especially has a strong bonding with farmers of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana with best market share having its two-mega plants at Vizag and Kakinada.

As a part of enhancing productivity of crops and quality yields, Coromandel striving continuously to serve farmers in all aspects by providing Specialty nutrients (micronutrients, fertigation grades, customized crop grades) and nutrient based pure Organic fertilizers which can improve fertilizer use efficiency and soil health.

As a part of our endeavor, we are planning to launch our new fertilizer brand “GROSHAKTI” amid heartful wishes of farmers and channel partners by the hands of our Hon’ble Murugappa group Executive Vice Chairman Mr. Arun Alagappan on his first visit to Andhra Pradesh.

On his first visit, Executive Vice Chairman will address farmers, channel and team on how organization working for betterment of farming community and way forward. Vice Chairman addressing to farmers and dealers said that Coromandel is putting sincere efforts to help farming community with more service oriented approach rather just providing fertilizers.

Coromandel aims to provide crop-specific and hi-technology fertilizers and working with research institutes to develop NANO-Phosphorous and customized fertigation grades

Company launched GROSHAKTI, which is an ideal scientifically effective fertilizer grade with NPK in best ratio. It does not leave any acidity or alkalinity in soil being its neutral chemical nature.

It is suitable for all rainfed and irrigated crops at basal dressing or in top dressing. He mentioned that state and central Govt helping farmers with many schemes and farmer oriented. He told that Coromandel expanded their plant capacity and priority to serve AP & TG with more focus. 

Coromandel is ready to improve farmer’s livelihood through  

  • Efficient nutrient management and crop protection management.
  • Seamless supply as and when required through all channels i.e. Private trades, Govt. Institution and MGC.
  • Our trade channel continued to show admirable resilience and agility in responding to various challenges.
  • Agri extension services; Soil Testing, Poshan demo, crop advisory/protection services.
  • Solution provider through Gromor Nutri-clinic.
  • R & D constantly endeavors to introduce differentiated products like GroSmart, GroPlus, Gromor Ultra, GroShakti, etc.
  • Agri university alliances, IIT Monas for new product development.


Why is Organic Cotton Trendier These Days?

Organic cotton means natural cotton without using any synthetic agricultural chemical such as fertilizers or pesticides or transgenic technology.

Difference between Organic Cotton and Regular Cotton

Organic Cotton is made from natural seeds, and there is no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Bugs are controlled with insecticides that kill pests.

Regular Cotton is grown on the same soil repeatedly, degrading the soil quality, removing nutrients, and leading to unhealthy crops.

Apart from regular cotton and organic cotton, two more cotton types exist as below:

Conventional cotton: Conventional cotton is grown with the support of synthetic agrichemicals [including fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, defoliants]. Conventional cotton is grown from genetically modified seeds.

Better Cotton: The better cotton initiative is a global non-profit organization and the most extensive cotton sustainability program globally. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment, and better for the sectors’ future.

Advantages of Organic Cotton

Environmentally friendly: Natural fertilizers are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t harm the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 88% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.

Sustainable: When you choose to buy organic cotton, you invest in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil, and farmer livelihood. The price of organic cotton is, therefore, marginally higher than regular cotton. Nevertheless, with the increased demand for organic cotton, the price will also come down.

Future Aspect: Water crisis is a global challenge; organic cotton is 80% rain-dependent, which reduces pressure on local water sources. No chemical also means that water is cleaner and safer. Cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation, and it takes 2700 liters of water to make a conventional cotton T-shirt.

Promotes safe work and better livelihood for farmers: Organic cotton farming keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop that adds to their food and income.

Skin Friendly: As there is no chemical used in organic cotton. It feels better on your skin. It gives a softer and premium feel to the end-user. We must use organic cotton for direct touch to skin garments like vests, briefs, socks, etc., to avoid skin allergic problems.

Responsible Citizen: We as responsible citizens should encourage the consumption of organic cotton as it helps preserve a sustainable environment. Organic cotton clothing reminds everyone that natural is healthier and cost-effective in the long run.


Niche Agriculture brings the freshness of “Queen of Fruits”, Grapes

Grape cultivation is one of the most lucrative and profitable farming in India. Grapes are not only a wonderful fruit for eating, juicing, and for winemaking but also a beautiful ornamental plant. It is a perennial and deciduous woody climbing wine and is used for making various products such as jelly, jam, resins, vinegar, juice, seed oil, and other grape seed extracts. 

Grapes belong to the family of “Vitaceae” and is a commercially important fruit crop of India. It is a temperate crop grown in much adapted sub-tropical climate of peninsular India. India ranks among the first ten countries in the world production of grapes. About 80% of the production comes from Maharashtra followed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The major producers of grapes around the world are Italy, France, Spain, USA, China.  

Focusing on the scope and importance of grape farming, Niche Agriculture Limited grows grapes in its farms located at Bagepalli in Karnataka. They are focused on quality production and effective cost management that can help in the expansion and survival of the grape industry in India.  

Niche Agriculture Limited produces a semi-translucent and fleshy fruit with smooth thin skin and the grapes are rich in polyphenolic phytochemicals that contains properties of anti-oxidants, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Niche Grapes are rich in micronutrients like calcium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium. Also, they have a good potassium concentration.

Niche farms have great internal drainage and adequate depth soil which is important for grape farming. Niche grows grapes in sufficient sunlight providing enough carbohydrates so that grapevines are healthy and the fruit is sweet. They maintain the optimum temperature for the plants, i.e. 15 to 40 degree Celsius and maintains low humidity as frost is dangerous for the young buds.  

You wouldn’t have ever thought that fruit this sweet could help you in dropping some unwanted pounds, but Niche Grapes can just do that as it aids in breaking up the fat cells at a faster rate. Also, these grapes ease the inflammation in your body and protects your cells from damage. 

Undoubtedly, it is a small fruit but is loaded with over 1600 compounds. Niche grapes are a good source of potassium that balances the fluids in your body. Hence, Niche Agriculture Limited is at the forefront of growing exceptional fruit, Grapes that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. It will prevent acne and increase the blood flow to your scalp for healthier hairs, lowering heart disease and bringing down the high blood pressure.  


Women’s Day 2021: This Female Farmer from Tamil Nadu Will Shock You!

“I don’t know anything about agriculture. I have never had formal education but I have still come so ahead in life. Seeing my work and dedication, they have given this award.” This is Pappammal Rangammal speaking to the media on the occasion of being awarded the Pama Shri Award on the 72nd Republic Day of India.  

She is a proud woman farmer who hails from the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. She does organic farming of pulses, millets, and vegetables in her 2.5-acre field. 

Pappammal’s parents died when she was very young. Her grandmother reared her. Pappammal’s husband died a decade ago. She has 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  

She is associated with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, has served as Panchayat Councillor in 1959, and is a DMK party member.  

According to Pappammal, she had inherited a provision shop from her grandmother. She collected money by selling beverages and snacks. From this money, she purchased 10 acres of land to cultivate corn and pulses. After a few years, she sold this land, retaining 2.5 acres for herself. Today, she does farming in this land.  

She wakes up at 3 am, starts her day with a short walk, cooks a nutritious breakfast of ragi and rice with chillies and onions. Then carries this meal in a mud pot to her fields.

Some of you reading this might think it is normal for people to work in fields, wake up early, and do all the hard work required in farming. So, what’s big if this woman farmer is doing this, right?  

Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me end this article by telling you the age of this farmer. It will shock you. And then I bet you will read this article again from the beginning! 

This Padma Shri award-winning woman farmer Pappammal Rangammal is 105 years old!  

Here are a few words as said by Pappammal, “I did everything on my own, with my own will. And today look at me, I have great-grandchildren running around me. My life is very good. In my life, I am the kind and the minister.” 

She adds, “I eat ragi and millets and have never taken any medicines. I have never fallen sick and am always healthy. Since 1970, I have been eating food off banana leaves only. This is very healthy and even helps your hair grow longer and stronger.” 

Netizens are going crazy over Yellow Watermelons cultivated by a Karnataka Farmer

The passion for fruits and their bright colours can never go away, and this love for rare fruits has made this young farmer based in Karnataka grow ‘Yellow Watermelons’. The tempting colour of these watermelons is making netizens go crazy. This watermelon’s yellow flesh and its sweet flavour will help you ditch the red watermelons you enjoy most.

Basavaraj Patil, a graduate and a new-generation farmer, is all set to take farming to a new level, according to a leading daily. After sharing his cultivation, this young farmer from Koralli village in Kalaburagi, Karnataka, has taken the internet by storm and said that the yellow watermelon is much sweeter than the normal one. 

There are summers around the corner and this special planting of yellow watermelons would be a treat for lovers of watermelons. Watermelon, one of the most loved fruits, because of its rich nutritional composition, allows for a great summer delight. These freshly grown watermelons look green from the outside, but when sliced open, they have yellow skin. The young farmer believes that the same nutrient structure occurs for yellow watermelons; the only difference is in the colour. 

This summer fruit has not only been enjoyed by food fanatics, from one of the most costly square watermelons to yellow watermelon, but has also provided more lucrative avenues for young farmers such as Patil. 

These taste more sweet than red watermelons,’ he shared his views to a leading digital newspaper. ‘ I spent Rs 2 lakhs and made a return in excess of Rs 3 lakhs. We should diversify our production of crops.’ 

He also shared his plans and existing tie-ups to market these yellow watermelons via the Big Bazaar and the nearby mart. He also expressed how little commitment and thoughts he learned from his growth and cultivation. As a young farmer, Twitter users are awestruck with his mind blowing creation and his intellectual efforts.


Gujarat agriculture department wins two national awards

Gujarat Government’s Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Department has won two prestigious national awards, one under ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojna and the other for technological innovation in the agricultural sector.

The Central Government has announced the Best Performance Award under the Grievance Redressal Category to the tribal Dahod District under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Scheme.

Similarly, FICCI has announced the Crop Area Estimation and Loss Assessment Award for Application of Geospatial Technology to the Gujarat Agriculture & Farmers Department.

Giving details of the awards, the state’s agriculture secretary Manish Bharadwaj said the PM-Kisan award has been announced on the eve of successful completion of two years of the Scheme for implementation in the States and Union Territories in three different categories. In all, 15 out of 718 districts have been selected for these awards.

Tea Production in India Decreases by around 10%; Led to Increase in Price

Due to extreme floods and coronavirus movement limits, Indian tea production in 2020 dropped 9.7 percent from a year earlier, boosting market rates by nearly a third to a record level, the state-run Tea Board said.

The price increase helped the besieged Indian tea industry, which was competing with increasing production costs, but decreased South Asian exports. India produced 1255.60 million kilograms of tea in 2020, declined by 9.7 percent when compared to the previous year as floods destroyed tea plantations in the northeastern state of Assam, which accounts for more than half of India’s total production; where production has already been reduced to curb the coronavirus epidemic through labour movement constraints.

As per data collected by the Tea Board, lower production raised average tea prices in 2020 by 31 percent from a year earlier to a massive 184.69 rupees ($2.53) a kg. Increased prices, however, have reduced India’s tea shipments, said a supplier in Kolkata. “Indian price rose but prices in rival Sri Lanka and Kenya didn’t go up. Buyers shifted to these 2 nations,” said the exporter, who refused to be named.

India, the second largest manufacturer of tea in the world, ships CTC (crush-tear-curl) category mostly to Egypt as well as Britain, shipping the traditional version to Iraq, Russia and Iran.

Sujit Patra, Secretary, Indian Tea Association, commented that the main tea generating north-eastern region of the nation has received strong rainfall during the last few months and that will lead to increased production in 2021.

“We are anticipating higher quality produce this year. Our import shipments are also expected to go up as major importing nations are emerging from COVID-19 that restricted their imports last year,” Patra said.

Shivraj Government Takes Big Decision for Farmers; Details Inside

Here is good news for Madhya Pradesh farmers. Amidst the ongoing farmers’ protest, Shivraj government is going to take a big decision. Under this, farmers could sell their wheat produce to private centers on the MSP. For this, permission will be given to open purchasing centers in the region.  

Private Purchasing Centres 

Till now, the procurement of wheat has been done by the State Civil Supplies Corporation and State Marketing Cooperative Union at support price (MSP). But now, the Mandi act is same as before, as Supreme Court has postponed the implementation of new laws. And now, the MP government is preparing to allow the private sector to open purchasing centers. Under this, if the trader wants to purchase the produce directly from the farmers, then they will have to take the license for that. 

As per the information, many traders including ITC Company are preparing to open private purchasing centers. If this happens, farmers will get increased benefits.  

Increased number of Procurement Centres 

Procurement can reach to 125 lakh ton because the opening of Mandis. As per the agricultural experts’ belief, this time wheat will be purchased at the rate of Rs. 1,975 per quintal. It is estimated that 20 lakh farmers will sell the wheat at MSP.

In Madhya Pradesh, crop registration process is going on, and crop purchasing will start from 15 March and will continue till 15 May. This time, 4,529 procurement centers have been set up all over Madhya Pradesh for wheat procurement. Around 4,13,000 farmers have registered for the purchase of wheat at MSP. At the same time, it is estimated that around 20 lakh more farmers can be registered till 20 February. And this is the reason that the government has increased the number of procurement centers this time compared to that of last time. 

Another important thing to mention is that, recently MP government has taken a decision to provide electricity subsidy to farmers directly in their accounts.  

Farmer in Bihar Cultivates World’s Costliest Crop ‘Hop-Shoots’

Do you know what is the most costly vegetable or crop in the entire world? Let’s know about this vegetable which has created lots of opportunities for farmers across the globe and is now making its debut in India.

The cultivation of the world’s costliest vegetable which is named as ‘hop shoots’ has recently started on a trial basis in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.  

Amresh Singh, 38, a farmer from Karamdih village under Navinagar block of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, is the first to start hop-shoots cultivation in 5 kathas of his land. 

Singh who is an intermediate-pass from Hazaribagh’s St. Columbus College in 2012 has recently said that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a special arrangement for the promotion of cultivation of ‘hop-shoots’, it will make the farmers earn 10 times more than they can do by other means of agriculture within a couple of years. 

As per reports, ‘Hop-Shoots’(Humulus-lupulus) used to be sold for 1000 pounds a kg even six years ago in international markets which comes roughly to about Rs 1 lakh. The crop which is rarely seen in the Indian market can be bought only by placing a special order.

“I am happy to say that more than 60 per cent of its cultivation has happened successfully,” Singh said. The cultivation of hop-shoots (humulus-lupulus) is going on under the supervision of agricultural scientist Dr. Lal of the Indian Vegetable Research Institute at Varanasi. 

“I have planted the saplings of this vegetable two months ago after having brought it from the Indian Vegetable Research Institute at Varanasi. I hope it will be a grand success and turnaround agriculture in Bihar too,” Singh said. 

Hop-Shoots Cultivation: 

The farming of hop-shoots is mainly found in European countries like Britain, Germany, and others.  Earlier it was done in Himachal Pradesh but stopped since its marketing did not take off because of the high price.  

Amresh also told us that he also cultivates many other medicinal and aromatic plants.  

“In the farming sector, taking a risk with the self-confidence ultimately helps the farmer to win. I have taken the risk for experimenting with the cultivation of hop-shoot in Bihar and hope, it will set a benchmark,” he added. 


Good News for Farmers: NABARD to Provide Loan in Agri Sector

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Bihar has recently announced that it has prepared a Potential Linked Plan (PLP) for 2021-22 to facilitate credit flow to the agriculture sector in all 38 districts of the state.

Moreover, the chief general manager (CGM) Sunil Kumar on Wednesday said that the potential for credit flow has been assessed for each sector like crop, animal husbandry, dairy, poultry, fisheries, goat rearing, plantation and horticulture, farm Mechanisation, godowns and self-help group lending among others.

An aggregation of the projections will be presented in the state credit seminar scheduled on January 15, told Sunil Kumar to the media.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the economy. The only silver lining is the performance of agriculture sector, which has witnessed positive growth during the first half of the current fiscal. Foodgrain production reached an all-time high and the higher sales of tractors and motorcycle indicate demand in rural areas,” he said.

“There are several gaps in the supply chains and resource management of the Agri sector, starting form input supply to post-harvest management, marketing, and credit supply. Banks need to actively provide credit for the agriculture sector in Bihar,” the CGM said.

Amid the corona pandemic, the bank provided refinance to commercial banks, regional rural banks and cooperative banks.

“We also provide loans to the state government at a concessional interest rate of 2.75% per annum. During 2020-21, NABARD has sanctioned projects worth Rs 1,833 crore so far, which is expected to create employment of about 1,90,000 man-days,” he said.

As per reports, projects related to rural drinking water supply, roads and water resources have been sanctioned. The total disbursement under RIDF during the current year was Rs. 1,605 crore.

“We have already surpassed the disbursement of Rs4,202 crore till date and hope to cross an aggregate credit support of Rs 5,000 crore by March 31, 2021,” he added.

Total disbursement by NABARD (refinance and RIDF) was Rs 4,147 crore last year, he said.