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Main weather observations (recorded during past 24 hours)

  • Fairly widespread rain/snow has occurred over Jammu & Kashmir and isolated over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Fairly widespread rainfall has occurred over West Bengal & Sikkim, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, scattered over Jharkhand and isolated over Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
  • The chief amounts of precipitation (in cm) recorded at 0830 hours IST of today is Balurghat-11, Baripada-5, Cherrapunji-4, Pahalgoan and Kupwara-3 each, Purina, Halflong, Midnapore, Tinsukia, Balasore, Quazigund and Banihal-2 each and Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Passighat, Chaparmukh, Sambalpur, Keongjhargarh, Srinagar and Nancowry-1 each.
  • Maximum temperatures fell by 4-7°C over some parts of east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and changed little elsewhere. They are below normal by 5-8°C over some parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and 2-3° C over parts of plains of northwest and central India and near normal over rest of the country.
  • The highest maximum temperature of 40.5°C recorded at Rentachintala (Andhra Pradesh).
  • Kalpana-1 cloud imagery at 0830 hours IST shows convective clouds over parts of Jammu & Kashmir and coastal Orissa. Low/medium clouds are seen over parts of rest western Himalayan region, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim, northeast and extreme south peninsular India.

Major features of weather forecast (upto 0830 hours IST of 8th April 2011))

  • Fairly widespread rain/snow would occur over Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and scattered over Uttarakhand during next 48 hours and decrease thereafter.
  • Fairly widespread rain/thundershowers would occur over northeastern states during next 48 hours and decrease thereafter.
  • Scattered rain/thundershowers would occur over east and adjoining central India during next 24 hours and decrease thereafter.
  • Isolated rain/thundershowers would occur over south peninsular India and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • Isolated dust storms/thunderstorms would occur over northwest India during next 24 hours.
  • Latest available satellite picture (Fig.1.) indicates the current cloud condition across Indian region.
  • The climate outlook for the period of seven days i.e. 5th to 12th April 2011 (Fig.2) fairly widespread rain/snow may occur over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and scattered over Uttarakhand. Fairly widespread rain/thundershowers would occur over northeastern states, central India, south peninsular India and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • Departure map of maximum temperature (based on 1730 hrs observations on 4th April 2011) over India is shown in figure 3.

Weather Warning

  • Isolated thunder squalls with wind speed exceeding 65 kmph would occur over Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya during next 24 hours.
  • Isolated dust storms/thunderstorms would occur over Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan during next 24 hours

Agricultural activities

  • Dry weather prevailed in Konkan region of Maharashtra state during past few days. The maximum and minimum temperature ranged from 31.8 to 34.0°C and 16.5 to 22.5°C, respectively. Agricultural operations like spraying in cashew, mango, harvesting of cole crops like cabbage, knolkol, chilli, brinjal, tomato, leaf vegetables and bottle gourd, cow pea, kulthi and covering of watermelon fruits with paddy straw are in progress. Low intensity of pest/diseases like mango hopper, thrips in mango, tea mosquito and thrips in cashew, aphids in wal, niger & sesames crops were noticed.
  • Light rainfall received in several places in Bihar state during past few days. Maximum and minimum temperatures ranged from 29.1°C to 35.7°C and 16.9 to 20.2°C respectively. Agricultural operations like irrigation in maize, harvesting, threshing and drying of mustard and tobacco and sowing of summer moong and urd. Spraying in pigeon pea and chickpea. Harvesting of potato, lentil and pea crops are in progress. Low to medium pest/diseases like pod borer in pigeon pea.

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Demand for agriculture could negate cocoa production

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An expert in the cocoa industry has advised stakeholders in the sector to effectively tackle scarcity of land for agriculture, especially after the global economic recession, where demand for land for cereal farming and animal husbandry had increased.

Mr. Hope Sona Ebai, Secretary General of the Cocoa Producers' Alliance (COPAL), expressed worry that rapid demand for land for agriculture activities and bio-fuel to fight hunger and climate change had negative repercussion on cocoa cultivation.

He was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of 2010 COPAL Cocoa Day, in Accra.


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Expert Advice for Farmers

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Foreign experts gave valuable advice on Chinese agriculture, in the post-World Trade Organization (WTO) environment, during the Jiangsu International Agricultural Symposium and Project Promotional Exposition.

The event, the first of its kind following China's accession into the WTO, ran here from Thursday to Saturday. It attracted more than 4,000 Chinese business people and over 500 people from 28 countries and regions.

Eighteen experts and scholars from abroad, including the United States, Germany, Australia and Canada, were invited to deliver speeches on the development of Chinese agriculture.

Michel S. Paggi, director of the Department of Agricultural Economics at California State University, predicted that China would focus more and more on labor-intensive products.

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Expert advice for Agricultural tyres

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There are no other tyres which require such specialist knowledge as Agricultural tyres. For this reason Heuver Tyrewholesale has a team of experienced specialists at their disposal. They are able to find you the best agricultural tyre for each unique situation.

The range of Agricultural tyres on offer is enormous but by asking you the right questions, we will soon be able to find the correct tyre. Are you looking for a tyre for a tractor or an agricultural trailer? Must the tyre be suitable for high speeds? What is the rolling circumference? Are you looking for new, used or reclaimed tyres?


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SEAF India to launch Agribusiness gund

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US based investment firm Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) will soon launch a $75 million fund in India focused on taking stakes in agriculture-related businesses.

The India Agribusiness Fund has 33 areas within agriculture to choose from, including agricultural inputs like seeds and agrochemicals, post-harvest opportunities such as supply-chain organizers and commodity exchanges, and also companies dealing in logistics support, food processing and food and retail services. The investments will be in small and medium industries so the average ticket size will be between $2-$6 million. Demand for agricultural products, SEAF India Investment Advisors Managing Director Hemendra Mathur said, should continue to grow, amid changing demographics, higher disposable income, the creeping in of health consciousness, the tendency towards nuclear families, the urbanization of the population seeing more people buying ready-made and higher margin foods as opposed to the basic foods consumed in the rural belt, media exposure and increasing exports of food products.

MUMBAI -- U.S.-based investment firm Small Enterprise Assistance Funds will soon launch a $75 million fund in India focused on taking stakes in agriculture-related businesses, a senior executive said.

The SEAF India Agribusiness Fund is the investment firm's first India fund and is expected to have its first close by April and its final close by the end of the year, SEAF India Investment Advisors Managing Director Hemendra Mathur told Dow Jones Newswires in a recent interview. So far, $35 million of the fund has already been raised, he said.

 


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