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Lesser produce of mangoes, but exporters eye newer destinations, more varieties

May 20th, 2018 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags: ,

In a bid to boost export of mangoes by around 25 per cent, traders are exploring options of exporting varieties other than Alphonsoes to newer markets. Italy and Philippines are emerging as new destinations for exported mangoes, though the domestic price of the fruit remains high due to lesser produce this year. Sunil Pawar, managing director of the Maharashtra State Agricultural Produce Marketing Board (MSAMB), said many farmers’ organisations have started exploring export options for varieties like Kesar, which grows abundantly in Nashik and in parts of Marathwada. We are […]

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Foodgrain production to be 284 MT in 2018-19: Govt

April 27th, 2018 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags: ,

In the backdrop of prediction of a normal monsoon this year and buoyed with the bumper production in last two years, the government on Wednesday said the total food production in 2018-19 will be a record 283.7 million tonnes, including 113 million tonnes of rice. Addressing officials from the states during annual kharif conference here, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the good monsoon has indicated a good kharif season this year. Total foodgrain production in the country is estimated at 277.49 million tonnes this year, which means there […]

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2018 is when India will trump Britain and France to become world’s fifth largest economy

December 26th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

India looks set to leapfrog Britain and France next year to become the world’s fifth-largest economy in dollar terms, a report showed on Tuesday. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) consultancy’s 2018 World Economic League Table painted an upbeat view of the global economy, boosted by cheap energy and technology prices. India’s ascent is part of a trend that will see Asian economies increasingly dominate the top 10 largest economies over the next 15 years. “Despite temporary setbacks … India’s economy has still caught up with that of […]

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New FSSAI labelling norms to make it mandatory to label GMO products

December 26th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex food regulator, has decided to make it mandatory for food business operators (FBOs) to declare whether their food products contain any ingredient that is a genetically-modified organism (GMO). According to sources, FSSAI, which has been working on a comprehensive regulation regarding labelling norms for food products in India, has compiled the draft, which will be put out for stakeholders’ consultations soon. With these regulations, the debate on GM food labelling, which was raging in the country, and questions […]

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Now, a solar-based cold storage for farm produce

December 26th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

Engineers at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi have developed a solar-powered on-farm storage structure that can increase the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables in regions where cold storage facilities are absent. The four-cubic-metre storage space, designed by Pramod Kumar Sharma and others at IARI’s division of agricultural engineering, can retain the quality and freshness of fruits and vegetables for an additional period of up to five days, they reported in the journal Current Science on Monday. Farmers can install them on their farms and need only […]

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India to link highway corridors to international trade points for Rs 25,000 crore

December 26th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags: ,

To facilitate trade with bordering countries like Nepal and Bangladesh, India will link its major highway corridors to international trade points at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. About 2,000 kms of highways will be constructed under the plan.  About 2,000 kms of highways will be constructed to link major highways corridors to international trade points,  the road transport and highways minister told PTI. He said this will be to facilitate trade with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The project is part of the Bharatmala […]

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Nagpur hosts World Orange Festival 2017; Inaugurated by Maharashtra CM

December 20th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

The first-of-its-kind World Orange Festival 2017, a three-day festival which was inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister, Maharashtra, and Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways, government of India, concluded in Nagpur recently. Other dignitaries present at the inauguration of the festival, supported by the government of Maharashtra and hosted by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) included Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, minister of state for agriculture and family welfare; Jaykumar Rawal, tourism minister, government of Maharashtra; Madan Yerawar, minister of state for energy, tourism, food and drug administration and general […]

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Cotton output seen at 377 lakh bales

December 14th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

The Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) has estimated the fibre’s output to increase by 9 per cent to 377 lakh bales (of 170 kg each) despite lower production in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The output in the northern region is expected to increase 28 per cent to 59 lakh bales (46 lb) on the back of a bumper crop in Rajasthan and Punjab, which is pegged at 22 lb (16 lb) and 12 lb (9 lb). Though the output in the southern region is slated to go up to 104 lb […]

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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): India pushes for greater market access, ASEAN irked

December 9th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) leaders who met on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila recently have expressed their commitment to resolve differences and conclude the ASEAN+6 country free trade agreement (FTA) by 2018. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his three-day visit to the Philippines, has also extended his support for a balanced outcome of the RCEP negotiations. RCEP is a proposed FTA between 10 ASEAN countries and their six FTA partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. It accounts for […]

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India’s food grain demand expected to reach 355 MT in ’30, says report

December 9th, 2017 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

Food grain demand in India is expected to reach 355 million tonne (MT) in 2030 vis-a-vis 250 million tonnes in 2016 and the enhancement of farm mechanisation market will play a key role in meeting this demand. There were the findings of Grant Thornton India LLP and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) knowledge paper, titled Mechanisation: Key to higher productivity to double farmers’ income. Launched recently at EIMA Agrimach India 2017, it added that the farm equipment market in India was currently estimated at $8.8 […]

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