The weak demand and sluggish trend continue for majority of pulses with tur in Maharashtra declining to Rs 4,400-4,475 a quintal, while tur in Madhya Pradesh ruled at Rs 3,950 per quintal.
Orange orchards spread over 35,000 hectare in Maharashtra have been damaged, thanks to the hailstorm that hit the state in the last couple of days.
India’s soybean output is at 83.5 lakh tonne for the harvesting season 2017-18, about 24% lower than 109 lakh tonne reported in the previous year.
The Maharashtra government has decided to promote short duration varieties of Bt cotton from the next cotton year following the severe pink bollworm attack on the crop this season.
Farmer organisations in Maharashtra are on the warpath on the issue of cane payments and have threatened agitations to get the entire payment as promised at the start of the season.
The third edition of the month-long India Grape Harvest – Vine and Wine Festival, which took off at the start of the February, is drawing more interest from overseas visitors.
The sugar sector’s power woes in Maharashtra seem to have come to an end with the state’s power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule agreeing to fix the entry-level tariff from cogen units at Rs 5 per unit.
Sugar prices have jumped by Rs 100 per quintal in the last three days on the back of speculations floating in the market that the Centre is likely to restrict sugar sales by mills to stop the current down slide.
The Maharashtra government has implemented the MACP scheme with financial support from the World Bank with the objective of ensuring better prices for farm produce and also ensuring that farmers get money in time, he said.
Indian flower growers are expecting a big leap in exports riding on the popularity of day of love on February 14.
Tur (arhar)farmers in Maharashtra can now heave a sigh of relief. The state government is expected to commence tur procurement at Minimum Support Price (MSP) from farmers beginning February 1.
Grape exporters from India are unhappy over the increase in import duties imposed by Bangladesh on Indian grapes.
If the cotton crop in Maharashtra and elsewhere became vulnerable to pink bollworm (PBW) attack, the blame should lie with the local seed companies who could not get the farmers to comply with the required protocol to resist it, Monsanto, which out-licensed Bollgard II technology to these firms, has said.
Prices of tur are ruling below MSP across major markets in the key growing regions such as Maharashtra and Karnataka, among other states.
Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation (MSCSFF) and the Cogeneration Association of India have expressed reservations on the ruling and now plan to approach chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to resolve the issue of power purchase agreements (PPAs) of cogen units.
Selling Bt seeds that are produced in other states under different brand names is called co-marketing. Earlier, state agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar had said co-marketing practice makes it difficult for the authorities to take legal action against such companies.
A delegation from Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Nashik — one of the largest onion producing centres in the country — met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and minister for marketing Subhash Deshmukh seeking removal of curbs on minimum export price (MEP).
After a good season last year, Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) in Maharashtra are struggling to get a foothold in the procurement of tur (arhar) this season.
With the bearish trend in pulses extending into 2018, pulse growers seem to be in for hard times. Tur (arhar) prices are under pressure and ruling below MSP.
With CCI having already procured around 5 lakh bales, the target is to procure another 5 lakh bales, officials said.
CCI already has some buyers on its list with whom it has reached agreements to sell cotton.
The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has retained its December estimate of the cotton crop for 2017-18 crop year at 375 lakh bales which is the same level as previous forecast.
With the climate getting favourable for the tomato crop following the onset of winter season, the wholesale prices have dropped down to Rs 5-7 per kg.
With millers rushing to sell stocks to make payments to farmers along with lacklustre demand in the market, sugar prices have fallen by at least Rs 400-450 per quintal since Diwali to Rs 3,050-3,100 per quintal.
The next sugar season in Maharashtra could prove to be a challenging one with a bumper crop in the offing and a huge amount of cane to crush, Sharad Pawar, former agriculture minister and chairman, Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) said on Tuesday.
The Maharashtra government has decided to put in place stricter norms for seed companies against co-marketing of brands. The government has asked seed companies to amend their licences issued for co-marketing as per the permissions granted by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).
Farmer producer companies ( FPCs) in Maharashtra have decided to enter into soybean procurement at farm gate level.
The Relief and Rehabilitation Ministry has begun conducting panchnamas of cotton crop and farmers shall be given assistance through this medium. Fadnavis said that 5 lakh applications had come from farmers.