Ban on sugarcane juice for ethanol: Food Ministry shifts ball to OMCs court

Amid widespread criticism over the abrupt and sudden order to stop using sugarcane juice for ethanol, the food ministry has announced that oil marketing companies would allocate the quantity of ethanol they intend to purchase from each distillery mentioning how much the biofuel is to be made from which feedstock. However, there is no mention of lifting the ban […]

Onion Prices Could Dip Below Rs 40/kg By January, Food Ministry Official Tells Press

 Onion prices in India may fall to less than Rs 40 per kilogram as early as January, consumer affairs secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said according to the Press Trust of India. He also said prices would not exceed Rs 60 per kg until then. Somebody said it will touch Rs 100 per kg, we said it […]

Tea production rises 12.06% to 182.84 million kg in October: Industry body

Tea production in the country increased by 12.06 per cent to 182.84 million kg in October this year as compared to 163.15 million kg in the corresponding month last year.According to Tea Board data, production of the crop in West Bengal rose to 54.98 million kg in October, as against 49.75 million kg in the […]

India’s Top 10 Coffee-Producing States

Do you know that India is home to over 250,000 coffee farmers? 98% of them are small coffee bean growers with few resources but huge potential. In India, coffee is grown for export about 80% of the time, with the remaining 20% being consumed locally. So here is a list of the states in India […]

How women can be given ‘farmer’ status in Indian agricultural eco-system

The last century saw advancement of an intensive agriculture production system, stimulated by consumption-driven economics that has led to deep social and ecological consequences. The major river basins of northern and western India emerged as role models to take shape over the decades. The success in agriculture triggered a deterministic transformation of a fairly diverse […]

Punjab CM Mann hikes sugarcane price by Rs 11 per quintal to Rs 391

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced a hike of Rs 11 per quintal in sugarcane price, saying the new rate of Rs 391 a quintal is the highest in the country.However, farmers said the appreciation in cane price is “too meagre” and termed the state government’s move as “betrayal”. The price hike came […]

Fertilizer subsidy crossed 70% of Budget allocation in 7 months of FY24

The government’s fertilizer subsidy bill may exceed ₹2-lakh crore in current fiscal as it has crossed 70 per cent of the Budget allocation of ₹1.75-lakh crore in the last seven months. But with rising subsidy level, the retail prices of non-urea fertilizers are likely to remain stable as the government has assured to take the […]

India developing sea protocols for fresh produce to boost ocean exports

india is developing sea protocols for various fresh fruits and vegetables like bananas, mangoes, pomegranates and jackfruit to promote their exports through ocean routes, a senior government official said on Tuesday.  At present, most of these exports are happening by air route because of lower volumes and different ripening periods.   The protocol includes understanding voyage time, […]

Learn about the impacts of fungi on plants and the best fungicides for plants.

Fungi and fungal-like organisms (FLOs) harm food production in ways that cannot get repaired. Both plant health and human nutrition are adversely affected. Fungi and FLOs are the most significant historical food losses, such as the destruction of wheat crops in the middle ages, potato blight in Ireland, loss of grape vineyards in Central Europe, […]

CNH signs MoU with ICAR Institute to develop apple harvesting technology

Farm equipment maker CNH Industrial has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR-CITH), Srinagar to collaborate on fruit harvesting technology in India. The partnership will focus on enhancing the mechanization of fruit harvesting, specifically apples, integrating cutting-edge techniques. It will also foster the development […]