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Centre may review ban on onion exports

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NEW DELHI: Centre is expected to review the decision on the ban of onion export at the next meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Food, said Prof K V Thomas, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister.

Just a few days back, the EGoM, which is headed by Union Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee, had placed ban on the onion exports to strengthen domestic supply and also contain the surging retail prices, which have surged to Rs 25 per kg in the national capital from Rs 15 per kg in the last few days.

While, speaking on farmers' protest against the onion export ban, Prof Thomas has stated that the Centre is not against the farmers and also the traders, but onions needs to be made available to the consumers at a reasonable price.

Prof Thomas, said, “We can understand the Nasik traders problems. We are not against farmers and traders, the only thinking is people of this country should get onions at a reasonable price.”

Since September 9, all the onion markets in Nasik district of Maharashtra, which is considered as the nation's largest onion-producing state, have stayed closed to display protest against the export ban.

Centre has resorted to take the precautionary decision to ban onion exports since it did not want the prices to surge to the levels, which had been seen earlier this year, when onions had been sold at nearly Rs 80 per kg.

 

 

 

 

 



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India's fruit, vegetable output rises 3.7% to over 213 mn tonnes in 2010-11

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NEW DELHI: Country has witnessed a increase of 3.7 per cent in fruit and vegetable output to over 213 million tonnes in the financial year 2010-11. The rise is boosted by the increase in the area under cultivation.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Mr Harish Rawat has informed that the country had produced 205.24 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables in the previous year period.

The minister also acknowledged that the total area under vegetable and fruit cultivation increased by 4 per cent to 14.84 million hectares in 2010-11 as against 14.31 million hectares in the corresponding period previous year.

Being the world's second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables, India has witnessed a jump of 3 per cent in vegetable production to 137.68 million tonnes in financial year 2010-11, as against 133.73 million tonnes in the previous year.

Similarly, country's fruit production was up by 6 per cent to 75.82 million tonnes in 2010-11 as compared to 71.51 million tonnes in the comparable period of previous year.

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala are the major producers of fruits and vegetables in the country.

 

 

 


Source:http://news.indiamart.com/story/indias-fruit-vegetable-output-rises-37-over-213-mn-tonnes-2010-11-146309.html


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2-day national conference on agriculture scheduled to be held in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: The city will host a two-day national conference on agriculture, which is scheduled to start from tomorrow with the aim to deliberate the issue of rabi (winter) crop prospects this year.

Mr Sharad Pawar, Agriculture Minister, will be inaugurating the conference at the National Agriculture Science Centre (NASC).

Moreover, there will be broad-based deliberations with state agriculture officers on the preparedness for the rabi season, which will starting next month. The progress in sowing of crops in the kharif season, which will last till the end of September, will be taken into account.

Furthermore, few of the main rabi crops are wheat, barley, gram, pulses, linseed and mustard. The conference would be deliberating on the timely supply of farm inputs like seeds, fertiliser, credit and also farmers insurance during the season.

It will also deliberate the possibility of surging the area under boro rice, pulses and wheat under the National Food Security Mission and also discuss on covering micro irrigation during the rabi season.

The conference will aim at boosting the agri- marketing infrastructure and also stress upon the state governments to make changes to their Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC Act) and also to end the market fee for perishable horticulture commodities.

 

 

 

 


Source:http://news.indiamart.com/story/2-day-national-conference-agriculture-scheduled-be-held-delhi-146629.html


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India's cotton exports may jump by 21 per cent in 2011-12: USDA

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NEW DELHI: India's are projected to jump by 21 per cent to 8 million bales in the 2011-12 marketing year (August-July) on the back of record output and a possibly less restrictive government policy, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report has said. 

The country had shipped 6.6 million bales of cotton overseas in the 2010-11 marketing year, the USDA said in the report. 

"For the 2011-12 season, exports are forecast at 8 million bales," it added. 

One bale is equal to 170 kg. Exports are seen higher as the country's cotton output is estimated at a record 35 million bales in the 2011-12 marketing year, as against 33 million bales last year, the report said. 

The USDA report also noted that India, the world's second-largest cotton producer, may adopt a less restrictive export policy to prevent any steep fall in domestic prices due to an expected increase in output in other countries, especially China. 

"While the export situation is uncertain, there are several factors that point to the possibility of a less restrictive approach to cotton exports during 2011-12," the report said. 

The USDA explained that India may have fewer export restrictions to ensure domestic cotton prices do not fall below the minimum support price and avoid a situation where its procuring agency, the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), is required to buy large volumes and run the risk of selling at a loss. 

That apart, the domestic yarn industry is less likely to push for export controls due to significant stocks, it added. 

In the 2010-11 season, India had capped cotton exports at 5.5 million bales and subsequently increased the quota to 6.5 million bales. 

While the quantitative restrictions on cotton exports were lifted in August, 2011, the government imposed several other conditions for obtaining a registration certificate as a means of controlling exports, the report said.

 

 

 

 

 


Source:http://economictimes.inadiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/indias-cotton-exports-may-jump-by-21-per-cent-in-2011-12-usda/articleshow/9858093.cms


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'Rs.2,756 crores released to states for micro irrigation'

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New Delhi, Aug 19: Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Harish Rawat today said that Rs.2,756 crores have been released by the government during the 11th Plan period (till July 31) under Micro Irrigation Scheme to various states.

Out of this amount, Rs.2,678 crores have been utilized, Rawat said in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. 

In the first four years of the Eleventh Plan period, an area of 26 lakh hectares have already been brought under micro-irrigation as against target of 28.5 lakh hectares.

He also said that Rs.1,150 crores have been earmarked for micro irrigation during 2011-12.


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