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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Parthasarathi Biswas


Partha Sarathi Biswas, is an Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, Pune. He writes on agriculture, commodities, business and politics

Pune: Poultry farmers ‘refuse to let Muslim drivers enter’, industry faces supply chain disruption
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

This resistance comes even as the industry reels from a drastic dip in consumption as the result of a misinformation campaign early in March, which had linked the virus with poultry meat and eggs.

MahaFPC restarts operations, streamlines procurement process
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

Yogesh Thorat, managing director of MahaFPC, said the consortium has decided to regulate operations to avoid crowding at its centres due to the health crisis.

COVID-19 lockdown effect: From deficit, dairies suddenly grappling with excess milk supplies
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

Significantly, until at least mid-March, there was talk of India’s milk output falling for the first time in 2019-20. It was being projected that the country would have to import up to one lakh tonnes of skimmed milk powder.

Maharashtra demands 50 pc central assistance for Rs 400 crore-plan to boost dairy sector
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has seen reduced sales in the dairy sector, as hotels, restaurants, catering services and sweetmeat shops, among others, have been closed down.

Fate of 10 lakh tonne of unharvested canes in limbo
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Concerned over their safety, labourers have started leaving their places of work while in some mills in western Maharashtra had gone on a strike

Former minister rubbishes allegations of Jayant Patil helping Islampur family avoid home quarantine
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Former minister of state Sadabhau Khot, who is an MLC and was a minister in former Devendra Fadnavis-led government, said the family in question had traveled to Islampur from New Delhi on a domestic flight on March 15.

Pune: As traders return to wholesale markets, supply is more than demand
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Trade at the wholesale market had come to a standstill as the main stakeholders decided to remain away in view of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Kolhapur mill faces action for ‘allowing labourers to go back to villages during lockdown’
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Most of the migrant harvesting staff at the mills hail from Beed and other districts of Marathwada, and they travel to various parts of the state for work at the beginning of the season. Once the season ends, these labourers travel back to their native villages.

Lockdown: After dip in milk sales, Maharashtra govt steps in to help dairy farmers
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Dairies in Mahrashtra have claimed that around 10 lakh liters out of the 1 crore liters collected per day remained unsold on a daily basis due to the nationwide lockdown announced to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Farmers’ union protest government decision to waive off trait fee on BG cotton
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

“Companies who introduce newer technologies invest in its research and development. In case they see no return on their investments, why would they introduce the same for our farmers?”

Coronavirus outbreak: Lockdown brings labour pains for delivery of essential supplies
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

But there’s a new problem springing up -- shortage of labour in mandis.

Lockdown impact: Maharashtra’s Gokul dairy sees sharp fall in sales
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

With a daily milk procurement of around 12 lakh liters per day, Gokul’s procurement is across the districts of Kolhapur, Sangli and some parts of Karnataka. The union also has strong retail presence in the cities of Kolhapur, Pune, Mumbai Sangli among other areas.

Maharashtra: No protective measures, sugarcane harvesters stop work
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

At Karad’s Krishna cooperative sugar mill in Satara, following the labourers’ decision not to work, they were released and operations wound down, though the harvest workers will continue to live in the fields until the 21-day lockdown period ends.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena leader files FIR against Saudi-returned family for willful violation of home quarantine
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

On Sunday, a two-year-old boy had tested positive for coronavirus. He is from the same family of 24 who had earlier tested positive.

Amid India lockdown, FPCs, farmers enter direct retail sales
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

While Sahyadri Farms, the Nashik-based FPC, has started delivering to urban markets of Pune, Mumbai and Nashik, the group of farmers producing residue-free vegetables in Nashik have taken to testing the city's retail market to directly sell their produce.

Maharashtra dairies’ association seek govt intervention against price slash by private dairies
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Price of skimmed milk powder (SMP) which was at Rs. 340 per kg, has since come down to Rs. 250 per kg, making dairies whose main business is in commodities facing the music

Maharashtra: No possibility of biometric authentication, state’s loan waiver process to be delayed
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

While presenting the 2020-21 state budget earlier this month, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had claimed that Rs 9,035-crore worth of outstanding loans of 13.86 lakh farmers has been waived off since the scheme was announced.

Pune district: Manchar gram panchayat starts home delivery of essential supplies
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

150 home delivery boys have been employed, with their salaries being paid by shops and local social organisations.

21-day lockdown: Is India prepared to meet the supply requirements of foodstuffs?
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

India coronavirus lockdown: What is the domestic availability situation in foodstuffs? To what extent would the restrictions impact it? We explain.

Pune: Infosys vacates two buildings for sanitisation day after its employee tests positive for COVID-19
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

“To avoid unnecessary panic, only those who have been identified as potential contacts have been communicated with and advised for next steps they need to take,” the mail said.