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Maharashtra grape growers to form federation of farmer producer companies for marketing

It is a fact that Maharashtra’s Nashik district recorded an all-time high export of 1.43 lakh tonne of grapes during the just concluded grape season. More than 1.50 lakh hectare in the district alone comes under grape culti

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Maharashtra: Tomato prices spike as supplies dry up

Maharashtra has been receiving supplies for the past month from Gujarat and Karnataka. The situation is similar in other states as well, he said, adding Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have received heavy rains in the past few days,

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Why cotton imports and exports may decline

India usually exports around 60-70 lakh bales annually. Although cotton imports are currently taking place, the pace is slow and imports are likely to be down as well, experts said.

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Maharashtra farmers had sown banned HT Bt cotton seed in Akola: Lab report

With increasing scarcity of labour in rural India, cotton farmers are eager to find alternative ways to reduce the cost of labour, and stay competitive in the global market.

This season, at least 25-30% of the acreage under cotton would be of the HT Bt variety. News

Maharashtra cane-cutters’ ‘forced’ to remove uterus, govt sets up probe panel

Maharashtra Rajya Ustod Mukadam Vahtuk Sanghatana president Srirang Bhange said that nearly 8 lakh workers participate in the crushing season of the state, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Gorhe said that immediate steps must be taken to resolve problems faced by the cane-cutter community. (Representative image) News

No more tears: Maharashtra onion growers seek pending subsidy dues

The state government had extended the subsidy of Rs 200 per quintal for onion farmers who had suffered financial distress due to fall in prices.

Onion prices are currently on the upward trend with modal prices in the range of Rs 1,350 per quintal with arrivals reported at nearly 12,000 quintals. News

Maharashtra dairy owners threaten to sell loose milk after plastic ban

Right now it is possible for dairy owners to obtain a EPR or buyback mechanism certificate by paying money but dairy owners have decided not to opt for such measures.

On an average, around 85 lakh litres of milk is sold through plastic pouches on a daily basis across the state. News

Maharashtra sugar mills still owe Rs 996 crore to farmers

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has decided that the approved soft loans were to be provided to those units which have already cleared at least 25% of their outstanding dues in the sugar season 2018-19.

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Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank to directly lend to PACs to help stressed DCCBs

MSC Bank is an apex body for 31 DCCBs which have about 3,746 branches, with a third tier of around 2.21 lakh PACS which directly lend to farmers and the rural population.

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Sugar sector to oppose FSSAI move on labelling products with sugar

For the country’s sugar millers which are already reeling under the impact of falling prices and a piling inventory, this move could come as a major blow as it would imply that consumption of sugar is harmful for health.

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Maharashtra sugar millers visit Tamil Nadu to check out drought-tolerant varieties of sugarcane

The sugar sector in Maharashtra has already been under fire since the state has been in the grip of a major drought and cane is considered a water guzzler.

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Maharashtra sugar millers seek differential MSP mechanism

The lack of demand in the market has made it difficult for millers in Maharashtra to sell sugar, thereby making it difficult to make payment to farmers.

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Around 20-25 lakh hectares likely to come under HT Bt cotton cultivation

Government data reveals that 15% of the crop in the last season was HT Bt variety.

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Maharashtra farmer producer companies form federation for seed sale and production

Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) in Maharashtra have decided to come together under a common umbrella to loosely form a federation to exclusively deal in sale of seeds from this kharif. The federation has approached the state

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Maharashtra orange farmers in grip of drought as nearly 40-60% crop dries up

Nearly 40-60% of the orange orchards in the Vidarbha region have gone completely dry.

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Maharashtra govt begins crackdown on farmers planting HT Bt cotton

The cases have been filed under IPC sections that deal with cheating and dishonesty, being a member of an unlawful assembly, obstructing a public servant from discharging public function and disobedience to order promulgated

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Maharashtra milk producers agree to recycle plastic pouches

In Maharashtra, per day, one crore plastic bags are generated which amounts to 31 tonne of plastic every day.

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Maharashtra farmer activists plan trials of cotton varieties

The Kisan Satyaghara was led by Women Front members of the Shetkari Sanghatana.

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Maharashtra farmers conduct symbolic sowing of banned HTBT cotton despite warning

Balasaheb Shinde, district agriculture superintendent (Jalna), said that the officials collected samples of the seeds and warned the farmers again that they were committing an offence.

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In a first, Maharashtra farmer arrested for possession of HTBT cotton

In a first in the country, a farmer was arrested in Maharashtra for being in possession of banned herbicide-tolerant BT (HTBT) cotton seeds.

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Maharashtra asks dairies to buy back plastic pouches, firm on 15-day deadline

Setting the deadline on May 28, Kadam had asked dairies to start a buyback mechanism for the plastic pouches and set up collection centres. It was his third such deadline since March 2018.

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Maharashtra sugar output not to cross 64 lakh tonne in 2019-20

A small experiment conducted by Natural Sugars, Thombre’s factory, reveals that only 10-15% of the cane has green stalk, 70-80% is devoid of any green stalk, and 50 % of the cane stand the possibility of revival in the even

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Despite ban, HTBT cotton widely cultivated in Maharashtra

On Monday, activists in Wardha district of Maharashtra held a press conference inviting farmers to participate in the plantation of HTBT cotton on June 20 at Hinghne Ghat village on the field of Madhusudan Harne, who is also

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Maharashtra govt to meet dairy owners on buyback mechanism for milk pouches

As part of the EPR scheme to implement plastic ban, milk producers have to inform the government how they will collect and recycle empty plastic pouches.

Maharashtra govt to meet dairy owners on buyback mechanism for milk pouches News

Officials conducts raids, seize Bt cotton seeds from farmers

On Thursday, the Union government sought an action taken report from the state over the incident of sowing of unauthorised HTBt cotton at Maharashtra’s Akoli Jahangir village in Akola district

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Bt Cotton: Centre asks Maharashtra to investigate illegal cultivation

Richa Sharma, joint secretary, Union environment ministry, has written to the chief secretary of Maharashtra Ajoy Kumar Mehta, directing the state to immediately order an investigation into the matter.

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Maharashtra farmers’ body to sow HT Cotton to defy ban on GM crops

Carrying, storing, selling, or sowing of GM crops is an offence under which the offenders face up to five-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

Maharashtra farmers’ body to sow HT Cotton to defy ban on GM crops News