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Over Rs 6,000-crore spices exported till November

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KOCHI: India has exported about 3,51,900 tonne ofspices valued at Rs 6,209.08 crore (USD 1,332.25 million) up to November in the current fiscal. 

The total export of spices during the same period of the previous year was 3,72,010 tonnes valued at Rs 4,336 crore (USD 948.68 million). 

The percentage increase in the total export of Spices during April-November, 2011 is 43 per cent in rupee terms, and 40 per cent in dollar terms as compared to the same period of last year. 

However, in the case of volume, the export has shown a decline of 5 per cent in the current year as compared to the previous year, an official release said. 

During the April-November period, export of Pepper, cardamom (small), cardamom(large), ginger, turmeric, cumin, celery, fenugreeknutmeg and mace and other spices like tamarind, asafeotida, have shown an increase both in volume and value as compared to April-November, 2010. 

The export of value added product, curry powder/paste has increased both in volume and value in the last-year period. 

During April-November, 2011, a total of 17,000 tonnes of pepper worth Rs 518.80 crore have been exported as against 11,850 tonnes worth Rs 217.32 crore in the year-ago period. The unit value of pepper has increased to Rs.305.18 per kg during April-November, 2011 from Rs 183.39 per kg in the same period in previous fiscal.

 

 

 

 


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Haryana vegetable initiative

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Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters


CHANDIGARH, DEC. 7:

Haryana has launched a new scheme to increase vegetable production and productivity and market the produce through farmers' groups, dubbed the ‘Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters', in Gurgaon and 11 other districts in the State.

The districts where the scheme has been launched are Mewat, Rewari, Palwal, Faridabad, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat, Rohtak, Karnal and Kurukshetra, which are predominantly vegetable-growing clusters, in addition to Gurgaon, the spokesman of Haryana Horticulture Department said here today.

He said Rs 12 crore has been earmarked for the purpose.


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Poor record in farm sector: Chandy

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Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Monday that the government was considering a proposal to equip the Department of Agriculture with a division for agricultural engineering and technology.

Speaking after inaugurating a national seminar on ‘Recent trends in agricultural mechanisation', organised by the Kerala chapter of the Institution of Engineers- India, (IEI), he said Kerala had paid a heavy price for its failure to absorb changes in the agriculture sector.

The State, he said, had little to be proud of in the farm sector, except in the case of rubber.

“By turning our backs on mechanisation, we squandered away the opportunity to improve agricultural production and productivity. While other States surged ahead by embracing technological aids, we failed to embrace changes even in our neighbourhood despite the acute shortage of manpower in farmlands like Kuttanad. The machines that were acquired later had turned out to be unsuitable for local conditions”.

Mr. Chandy said the Krishi Bhavans set up at the panchayat level to boost agricultural production had not yielded the desired results. As a result, he observed, Kerala was still dependent on neighbouring States for grains, eggs, meat and vegetables. “Today, the agricultural sector in Kerala is ready to embrace change. The government is prepared to extend all possible support to boost agriculture.”

Mr. Chandy handed over an agricultural tool kit to a gardener to mark the inauguration of a project named ‘A farm machine for every household'.

Presiding over the function, Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan exhorted local self-government institutions to come forward to promote agriculture.

He stressed the need for new technologies like mist irrigation to be utilised at the village level.

 

 

 

 

 


Credit:http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/article2411572.ece


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Powerful pesticides banned in State

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011: The State Government has today decided to ban almost eight powerful pesticides including Furadan in the State.The notification regarding ban on pesticides will be issued within two days.

Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan today said that the Government will give special financial aid to endosulfan affected children. The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting held today.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the Pullumedu tragedy will be probed by Justice Hariharan Nair, a retired High Court Judge. VS also added that E-tendering system will be implemented in PWD department.

Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran today gave direction to the Plantation Corporation to give Rs 5 crore as compensation to the endosulfan victims.

The direction was given after the high level meeting convened by the Minister to discuss about regulation of pesticides. The Minister added that the State Government will also give financial aid to endosulfan victims.

The government has taken certain steps to control the use of pesticides, including making prescription mandatory for the sale.

 

 

 

 


Source:http://2011keralaelectionresults.blogspot.com/2011/05/kerala-latest-news-furadan-banned-in.html


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Kerala can switch to organic farming in less than 10 years: Minister

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Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said on Wednesday that Kerala’s target for achieving total organic farming could be advanced.

The Minister was inaugurating a seminar on ‘Endosulfan: Issues and Safe Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides’ organised by the Farm Information Bureau here.

Mr. Ratnakaran said that Kerala had drawn up an organic farming policy and had set a ten-year target for total switch-over to organic farming. It would be possible to speed up the process. In places like Onattukara, farmers had taken the initiative to return to traditional farming practices without the use of pesticides.

He said that the State would be able to save large sums in health costs if it reduced the use of pesticides. Keralites, who was only 3.25 per cent of the population in the country, was now consuming 20 per cent of the medicines marketed in the country.

Refuting the Central government’s contention that there were hardly any alternatives to endosulfan, the Minister asked whether agriculture had been hit in Kerala because of the ban on endosulfan. The Centre had been forced to notify a ban in Kerala because of court verdict.

Karnataka could impose only a temporary ban because the State had powers only to order temporary ban on health grounds. As agriculture was a State subject, Kerala had been demanding that the States should be given powers to regulate use of pesticides.

Referring to the Central government’s stand that a national ban on endosulfan could be imposed only if other States too demanded it, Mr. Ratnakaran asked whether India had signed international agreements affecting the agriculture sector after all the States had asked for that. “Did it curtail the public distribution system because the States had demanded that?” he asked.

The seminar saw presentations on various alternatives to pesticides

and ways to achieve food safety.

 

 


Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article1773052.ece


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