Parthasarathi Biswas

Articles By Parthasarathi Biswas

Sugar mills stare at losses after Centre’s U-turn on policy

Buoyed by a 2014 policy that encouraged cogeneration plants, the mills had undertaken either expansion or setting up of green field cogeneration plants, only to be deemed ineligible by the end of 2018. In fact, a mill that had received central assistance has now been asked to refund the amount or face criminal action.

In times of polls, a rush to clear sugarcane dues

Maharashtra mills were supposed to have made FRP payments of Rs 10,487.34 crore to sugarcane growers net of harvesting and transport charges for the 2018-19 season from October till January 15.

Pest certification puts brakes on grape exports to Russia and Sri Lanka, prices fall

While Sri Lanka’s share in the grape export pie is relatively small, Russia is a major export destination for Indian table grapes.

‘Expect the season to end with less than 10 per cent cane dues’

In an interview with The Indian Express, state Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad talks about the various means the department has devised to address the issue of dues and other problems plaguing the sugar industry.

Maharashtra: Facing protests and state action, some mills start clearing FRP at one go

Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said by January, 11 mills had paid 100 per cent of the fair and remunerative price (FRP), and the number has since risen to 17.

Soured dreams of dairy farmers: White Counterrevolution

The worst may be over for milk, but that’s of little consolation to dairy farmers

Win Baramati: Amit Shah, Fadnavis to BJP workers in Maharashtra

On Saturday, while addressing the Shakti Kendra chiefs in Pune, BJP's national president Amit Shah and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis both gave a clarion call to party workers to ensure 'Lotus blooms in Baramati'

Maharashtra: Kept hanging by Congress, NCP, small kingmakers drift away

Alliance will be hit as farmer issue ties Raju Shetti hands; Prakash Ambedkar, with AIMIM by side, gets no overtures, to contest all 48 seats in state.

Pune ban on plastic pouch: City dairies wait for meeting with minister to figure out solutions

Last year, Maharashtra became the country’s first state to ban plastic use. However, the milk sector was affected by the ban as it uses plastic pouches to pack and deliver milk to consumers.

Maharashtra: Farmers ready to accept part of FRP in sugar, says Raju Shetti

Speaking to The Indian Express, Shetti said, “We will be writing to mills in this regard,” adding, “we are ready to sell it at prices that are lower than current ex-mill rates, of Rs 2,900 per quintal...”

Maharashtra govt to start tur procurement from Feb 7, wholesale price likely to go up

Tur is an important crop for farmers in Marathwada and Vidarbha who harvest the crop in January and February period. Latur and Akola are major wholesale markets for the lentil.

Why Centre’s Rs 6000-per year scheme is not getting Maharashtra farmers excited

Many of them feel that the amount is simply not enough and will not be of any substantial help to them.

PM-Kisan misses its mark: Maharashtra farmers say it’s ‘not worth peanuts’

While presenting the interim Budget on Friday, Union minister Piyush Goyal announced a scheme called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan), under which farmers with cultivable land up to 2 hectares would be provided direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year.

Budget 2019: Hike in support scheme funds amid price slump

The hikes are mainly the government’s response to falling prices of most agricultural commodities.

Drought pushes up jowar, maize prices; losses for poultry units

Industry bodies have opened talks with the government given that imports at present would attract a steep duty of 60 per cent.

Raising Cane: What ails sugar production in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, offices of around 10 sugar mills were burnt by angry farmers. As farmers count mounting dues, mills point to pending stocks and falling prices. With elections near, The Sunday Express goes to farmers and mills to find out what ails India's sugar heartland.

Maharashtra: PMO seeks report on ‘underselling’ of sugar by state mills

Across the state, mills have been struggling to recover even their production costs — pegged at Rs 3,400 per quintal — as sugar prices have dropped over the last 12 months.

Pune: In a period of sluggish demand, poultry farmers also face high input costs and sliding prices

Prices tend to drop due to low demand and excess production, but this year, high input costs and the drought are adding to farmers’ troubles. Poultry meat, meanwhile, is being sold at Rs 140-150 per kg. I

Maharashtra: As wholesale prices dip, surplus onion in markets adds to woes of growers

The fresh crisis, Jaydutt Holkar, chairman of Lasalgaon market, said was the failure of the market to absorb the large arrivals.

Maharashtra: Farmers suspend protest, want funds to be arranged in 2 weeks

The truce between the farmers and millers might have resolved the crisis, but it may have also pushed cane payment further away.