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India set to clock record rice exports in current year too

The demand for non-basmati rice increased to a record high of 13 million tonne (valued at $4.796 billion) last year as more countries purchased the cereal amidst supply issues in Asean region and the Covid pandemic to ensure


Sula’s market share rises 10% despite pandemic on home consumption boost

Sula now has a market share of 70% of retail wine sales, he said, adding it has always focused on the consumer. Sula has eliminated all marketing spends and focused only on digital, he added.

“Tourism is going to continue to be depressed, business travel is going to take at least 2 years to get back to normal and institutional sales are not coming back soon. But there has been a massive shift to home consumption,” Samant said.

Basmati exports to West Asia to be hit on tighter pesticide norms

According to AIREA, India exported Rs 29,859 crore worth of Basmati rice in 2020-21, of which the western Asian nations accounted for Rs 22,849 crore. Basmati exports to the EU have declined from 397,000 tonne in 2017-18 to 2


Maharashtra complains about restrictions on soybean seed movement from MP

A number of seed companies from Maharashtra as well as MP have seed production of breeder, certified or truthful seed in Indore and Ujjain districts and other districts of MP, he said.

Maharashtra sugar mills await success of pilot plant for producing oxygen

The molecule required for purifying the oxygen to medical-grade has been installed and oxygen production is on the anvil, the Mill Chairman said.

Osmanabad district alone has a total daily requirement of 18 metric tonnes of oxygen.

Covid-19: Maharashtra sugar mills to produce oxygen to tide over current crisis

Therefore, all sugar mills should take the initiative and set up oxygen production plants,” the letter said “Factories have experience in refining ethanol and separating carbon dioxide in distillation projects.

Globally, maize is the preferred grain to produce ethanol as it is economically viable.

Nashik-based York Winery to merge with Sula Vineyards

Ravi Gurnani, director, York Winery, did not go into details of the merger, but said the York brand will continue to grow. “The merger will give our brand a wider distribution reach and expand our market,” he said.

“Tourism is going to continue to be depressed, business travel is going to take at least 2 years to get back to normal and institutional sales are not coming back soon. But there has been a massive shift to home consumption,” Samant said.

Popular with millennials, fruit wines are here to stay

What initially started off as a hobby or passion is now turning out to be a major lucrative business for young entrepreneurs who are sourcing local fruits from farmers and converting them into flavourful wines.

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Good year for CCI, cotton farmers have gained: Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, CMD, Cotton Corporation of India

The prices were lower during the last year because of the pandemic, when the mills were closed for almost two- and-a-half months. It was not only in India but across the globe.

Indian cotton is still the most reasonably priced globally, and the industry is also getting good quality cotton at consistent price.

Cotton arrivals rise on fears of fresh Covid-19 wave

This has resulted in cotton prices testing levels of between Rs 5,300 and 5,850 per quintal, from Rs 6,000 in the last week of November.

In Maharashtra, the crop has been hit by pink bollworm, while heavy unseasonal rains affected the crop in Saurashtra as well as Telangana, Agrawal explained.

Maharashtra farmer bodies urge govt to lift ban on onion export

“Prices of onion went up to Rs 5,000 on September 14, and the Centre immediately imposed an export ban. After that, the income tax department raided traders to prevent the price of onion from increasing. The government also

"Around Rs 70,000-75,000 tonnes of onions were imported through private trades in 2020. Nafed also imported around 3,000 tonnes of onions," she said.

Cotton exports likely to jump 40% in 2020-21

Significantly, the share of Vietnam in China’s total imports of cotton yarn has increased from 7.61% in 2009 to 36.66% in 2018, while that of India has increased from 7.75% to 21.74% during the same period, he said.

India had exported nearly 50 lakh bales in the previous season.

Weekly farmers’ markets in Maharashtra to get new lease of life

Farmers markets, however, had struck a chord with consumers who were looking for fresh quality produce and liked the idea of directly being in touch with farmers.

Maharashtra cotton seed companies told to specify production tech of hybrid varieties on packs

Indra Shekhar Singh, director (policy and outreach) of National Seed Association of India, said there is no clarity in how farmers will benefit by such a move.

Cotton procurement begins, CCI hopes prices will improve in due course

Procurement has begun in Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The CCI has been selling new cotton at Rs 41,500-42,000 per candy.

In Maharashtra, the crop has been hit by pink bollworm, while heavy unseasonal rains affected the crop in Saurashtra as well as Telangana, Agrawal explained.

Cotton prices may remain under pressure on huge carryover stocks

Currently, prices for Shankar-6 ginned variety, the benchmark for exports to the global market, are ruling at Rs 40,200-40,700 a candy (356 kg).

The industry had gone into a shutdown mode that had led to a drop in consumption levels to 250 lakh bales from the previous estimates of 330 lakh bales.

APMC mandis lose grip on Maharashtra FPCs

Direct sales to food processors, retailers on the rise

Onion auctions at Lasalgaon come to a halt after I-T searches on traders

Onion trader Nitin Jain said traders are not keen on participating in the auctions since the searches are still in progress.

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Farm laws: Maharashtra APMCs see 25-30 per cent drop in income

Greenfield Agro Services, which boasts of over 50 farmers from Nashik district, has developed an app and supplies nearly two tonne vegetables per day to 2,000 customers in Thane.

The Maharashtra government has been encouraging alternate markets that have emerged as an attractive option for farmers.

Poultry industry may take 6 months to turn around

Although the demand is gradually picking up, with government agencies encouraging consumers to eat more chicken and eggs to improve immunity, it may take another six months for the industry to get back on its feet, industry p

The association had informed the Maharashtra Animal husbandry ministry that shrinkage in the market would lead to a hike in prices, he said.

Some onion imports on cards as prices soar

Traders at Vashi – one of the largest wholesale markets in the country – said around 20-25 containers from Egypt are expected to arrive in a fortnight at a landed cost of Rs 35-40 per kg. One container is of nearly 29 ton

The Centre has not yet initiated any action on onion imports.

Cane crushing in Maharashtra to begin from October 15

Expecting a bumper crop, Maharashtra is all set to commence the cane-crushing season of 2020-21 from October 15.

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Maharashtra farmers seek removal of ban on onion export

Before the move, prices of the kitchen bulb in Lasalgaon, the country's biggest onion market in Maharashtra, had doubled to Rs 3,000 per quintal since March.

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Nafed intiative: Scores of e-kisan mandis being set up; Pune gets the first one

As for the Pune facility, around 30 FPCs in Pune district are part of the effort. The traders or retail market chains will be registered on the mandi for making online purchases from farmers.

The e-Kisan mandi platform would not compete with but complement the physical markets.

APMCs losing trade share post reforms; crop arrivals fall as traders, farmers kick middlemen out

Signs of a weakening of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) networks are now evident across major farm production centres in the country.

On the rise again: Onion prices threaten to skyrocket

The unseasonal rains in March and April this year with hailstorms caused rotting in storage. At present, the onion arrivals in the market are not of top quality but are commanding good prices due to the decline in arrivals.

On Friday, onion prices at Lasalgaon touched a minimum of Rs 1,000 a quintal and a maximum of Rs 2,411 per quintal with modal price at Rs 2,000 per quintal.

Pink bollworm attack yet to cross economic threshold limit: CICR

The ETL is the pest population at which control measures need to be initiated to prevent economic loss.

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