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Retail chain offers to sell Himachal apples

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Shimla, Aug 19 : Retail chain Future Group is aiming to offer Himachal Pradesh's delicious apples from Kinnaur district in its retail outlets across the country.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told reporters here Friday that the group has sought a tie-up with the state government for marketing the apples and vegetables through 250 Big Bazaar outlets across the country.

The group has offered to provide a special space for marketing of agricultural and horticultural products in Big Bazaar outlets.

"Initially they have plans to procure 1,500 tonnes apple, 5,000 tonnes garlic and 15,000 tonnes potatoes. This would address marketing problems of the farmers," Dhumal said.

The government suggested that floriculture products should also be marketed as the flowers cultivated in the state are much in demand across the country.

Sirmaur is the leading garlic-producing district, while Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts are known across the world for producing potatoes and apples, respectively.

 

 

--IANS


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With poor apple crop, companies look at imports

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AHMEDABAD: A poor apple crop in Himachal Pradesh and higher prices prevailing in the market are expected to increase imports of apples from Fuji in Japan and America. Companies are also looking to increase procurement from Jammu and Kashmir this season.

"Indian apple prices are fluctuating and very high. Import is very cheap with the Fuji apple costing us Rs 1,400 a box of 20 kg. Similarly, apples from China are competitively priced," said Adani Adani Agri Fresh vice-president Shrinivas Ramanujam. The company has the largest CA storage space for apples with an 18,000-tonne capacity in Himachal Pradesh.

Apple production in the hill state is expected to be over 22.5 million boxes which is 50% less than last year's bumper production of 44.5 million boxes (one box weighs 25 kg). India annually imports over 1.5 to 2 lakh tonne of apples from China, the US, New Zealand and Cuba. In July, about 250 containers of 20 tonne each landed in Mumbai and Chennai ports, according to industry sources. "We will be doubling our import of apple this year," said Ramanujam.


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'India may witness higher rice production in 2011-12 crop year'

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NEW DELHI: Country may witness higher rice production in the crop year 2011-12 which began on July 1, over95.32 million tonnes of rice output in the last year, according to the Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar.

Last year, country's rice producing states, like Bihar, Chattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh have faced a less rainfall unlike this year and this raises the expectation of higher output.

Up till August 5 this year, the area under paddy cultivation is increased by 6 per cent to 26.03 million hectares, as against 24.47 million hectares in the year-ago period. Kharif Paddy is sown during the months of June-July and harvested by September-October.

As per government estimates, the country is likely to witness 102 million tonnes of rice production in the 2011—12 crop year (July—June). The rice is mainly grown in the Kharif season (summer).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Source:http://news.indiamart.com/story/india-may-witness-higher-rice-production-2011-12-crop-year-144955.html


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Continue ban on endosulfan in Kerala and Karnataka, not in other states: SC told

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NEW DELHI: A central expert committee has given a report to the Supreme Court endorsing ban on sale and use of endosulfan in Kerala and Karnataka but said farmers in other states could be allowed to use the pesticide for agriculture. 

However, the expert committee jointly chaired by director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Agriculture Commissioner of India in its interim report to the court found ample proof of health disorders among people and damage to the environment to recommend enforcement of SC's total ban on use of endosulfan in the two south Indian states. 

Answering a specific query posed by a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia, the committee said if the court was not convinced to lift its interim ban on manufacture, sale and use of the cheap pesticide, then there could be no harm in allowing industry to exhaust their endosulfan stock through exports. The industry had been seeking SC's permission to export to meet prior commitments. 

Recommending continuance of complete ban in Kerala and Karnataka, the report said, "The restriction on endosulfan is supported by data from Kerala and Karnataka only whereas none of the other states have reported endosulfan associated adverse health effects so far which is part of future investigations planned." The court will consider the report on Friday. 

On May 13, the court had banned use of endosulfan across the country while directing the expert committee to report on the future course of action. The team of experts headed by ICMR DG V M Katoch and agricultural commissioner Gurbachan Singh conducted field studies and spot visits. 

The team concluded, "The major users of endosulfan based on 2009-10 data including Haryana, Punjab, Bihar and Maharashtra did not report any negative effect of endosulfan use on crops, human health, animal soil, and water with the exception of Kerala and Karnataka." 

The committee said a nation-wide study on the harmful effects of endosulfan could take up to two years. 

But the report sounded an alarm about Kerala saying, "Reproductive morbidities in respect of infertility, abortions and intra-uterine deaths are more frequent in areas which were aerially sprayed with endosulfan. High incidence of infertility was spotted in women aged above 30 years while in younger women, the effect was gradually coming down." 

It added, "Boys showed delayed onset of puberty and prevalence of congenital abnormality among school children above 12 years of age, besides high incidence of cancer deaths among persons below 50 years of age." 

The report came in response to court's queries on a PIL filed by Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which had sought a ban on the use of endosulfan.

 

 

 

 

 

 


source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/continue-ban-on-endosulfan-in-kerala-and-karnataka-not-in-other-states-sc-told/articleshow/9487350.cms


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Global meltdown pushes Surat 'heera' traders to 'jeera'

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Root spice cumin (jeera) trade proved a boon for thousands of entrepreneurs and workers in diamond business in Surat who lost their jobs during global recession.

Battered by global meltdown starting 2007, thousands of diamond traders and workers in the "diamond city" switched over to trade in jeera (cumin) which on the contrary saw a rise during the period, M M Anwar, Director, NRCSS, Ajmer, told PTI.

Set up in 2000, the Ajmer based National Research Centre on Seed Spices (NRCSS) is an arm of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

With a huge additional manpower falling on cumin, the output of the prime root spice and its export saw a considerable increase, Anwar said narrating the success story of the commodity.

"Cumin cultivation was seen as potential enterprises which can take place of heera (diamond) and it proved successful," the NRCSS Director said.

Cumin production in the country increased from 1.29 lakh tonnes in 2006-07 to 1.72 lakh tonnes in 2007-08 mainly due to the above mentioned factor, Anwar added.

Rajasthan and Gujarat are the main producing states of cumin and other root spices and hence known as "spices bowl of the country."

Enhanced production and shift of entrepreneurs from diamond to cumin resulted in jump in export of the commodity.

The export of cumin, which is a major ingredient of mixed spices powder and curry powder mixes, rose from Rs 291 crore in 2007-08 to Rs 544 crore in value terms during 2008-09, according to the government data. The same increased to Rs 548 crore in 2009-10.

Cumin's international shipment witnessed a zoom during global meltdown period compared to the earlier period.

The leap in export after 2007-08 was huge considering the fact that it was worth Rs 260 crore during 2006-07 fiscal.

Indian cumin is sold at $3.75 a kg in New York in April this year higher from $3.26/kg during corresponding period last year, according to statistics of Spices Board of India under ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Cumin is selling at a high price of Rs 280 per kg in retail in the national capital at present.

 

 

 

 


Source:http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/surat-diamond-traders-cumin-trade/1/15743.html


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