Gujarat, Nafed to procure groundnut jointly

The Gujarat government will conduct groundnut procurement in coordination with the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (Nafed). Chief Secretary J N Singh said on Monday that there have been no differences with the central procurement agency and that the groundnut procurement will be a joint effort. Notably, Nafed Managing Director Sanjeev Kumar Chadha was in Gandhinagar on Monday to meet top government officials. Nafed has agreed to undertake procurement in coordination with State. The State’s finance department has already provided a revolving fund for the immediate requirement. […]

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Global body to audit coconut gene bank in Karnataka

The decision of the international coconut body to audit gene banks across the globe is likely to help the gene bank located in India, according to P Chowdappa, Director of the Kasaragod-based Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI). The International Coconut Gene Bank for South Asia is located at CPCRI’s research centre at Kidu in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The Kidu gene bank is among the five banks set up under the Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT). The other gene banks are in Indonesia, Brazil, Ivory Coast and Papua […]

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India, Colombia oppose proposed lowering of pesticide limits by EU

India and Colombia have raised concerns at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the projected lowering of permissible limits on certain pesticides by the European Union and have argued that the measure could significantly impact trade as these substances are commonly used on a variety of crops, including soyabean and citrus fruits. The fact that the new EU regulation does not establish a transitional period for producers to adapt to the new maximum residue limits (MRLs) was also raised by the two countries, a Geneva-based trade official told BusinessLine. Precautionary […]

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Ending APMC monopoly Maharashtra follows Bihar to allow farm commodities, livestock trade outside mandis

In a major move aimed at dismantling the monopoly of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), Maharashtra became the second state after Bihar to allow trade in farm commodities including livestock outside the regulated wholesale markets or mandis, The Indian Express reported. The Maharashtra Agriculture Produce Marketing (Development and Regulation) Act, 1963 was amended through an ordinance by the Maharashtra government on October 25. The existing APMC jurisdiction made it mandatory for the farmers to sell their crops in mandis within a geographically delineated market area. However, the supervisory powers […]

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Basmati exports may pick up as Saudi Arabia likely to ease residue rules

October 16th, 2018 | APTSO EXPORTS™ | Tags:

India’s basmati-rice exports are expected to pick up, as key importer Saudi Arabia is set to adopt easy residue parameters to take delivery of consignments. With India taking steps to reduce the deposit of harmful chemicals on rice, local authorities expect the European Union also step up imports from India. India is the top exporter in the Rs 26,000-crore global basmati market. Shipments from the country to Saudi have taken a hit after Riyadh sought undertakings from exporters on minimum residue levels (MRL). Also, Saudi rejected a few consignments of […]

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Do not discourage my crop loan because of disruption of self-esteem: farmer letter to Karnataka chief minister.

Do not discourage my crop loan because of disruption of self-esteem: farmer letter to Karnataka chief minister. A farmer from Karnataka has written a letter to Kumaraswamy not to discourage the crops purchased in the bank because of my self-esteem. Amarnath (45) from Mudigere village in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka has written a letter to CM Kumarasamy. “You have announced that the farmers will get rid of Rs 48,000 worth crores. I consider agriculture great. My Rs. I can pay 4 lakh crops. And the Government is paying off my […]

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Mango exports break all record this year 2018

The country has exported around 1,190 tonne of mangoes to the United States of America (USA) this season — an all time high. The Countrys mango  export to the US recorded a rise of 11% as compared to the last year’s figure of 1,072 tonne. However, the exporters had projected around 30% rise in figures, but the recent farmers’ strike affected the supply of mangoes drastically. Source: Times of india

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Government to offer incentive on exports of milk products

The government is considering incentivising exports of milk products, adding milk to mid-day meal rations as well as reducing GST and increasing import duty on certain products as it seeks ways to ensure better returns for dairy farmers. On Tuesday, the Centre convened a high-level inter-ministerial meeting under transport minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss these measures, even as a strike by dairy farmers in Maharashtra continued for the second day. Railway minister Piyush Goyal, who also holds the finance and coal portfolios, Amul managing director RS Sodhi, Maharashtra State Commission […]

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No GST on support services to farmers: Finance Ministry

The finance ministry today clarified that renting or leasing of land by farmers for agriculture, forestry, fishing or animal husbandry is exempt from the GST. Clarifying on the applicability of GST on farmers, the ministry said support services to agriculture, forestry, fishing or animal husbandry are exempt from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Exempted support services to agriculture include renting or leasing of vacant land with or without a structure incidental to its use Thus, renting or leasing of land by farmers for agriculture, forestry, fishing or animal husbandry […]

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