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Parthasarathi Biswas


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

Cane crushing season enters last stage, Maharashtra to produce 138L tonnes of sugar this season
Fri, May 27, 2022

The total amount of subsidy to be paid to sugar mills would amount to Rs 104 crore as the state government had announced that all mills which have crushing cane from May 1 would be eligible for the subsidy.

Maharashtra govt writes to Centre seeking extension of deadline to procure chana
Fri, May 27, 2022

Officials say as many as 1.75 lakh farmers, who had registered for the procurement process, did not get a chance to sell their produce.

Explained: Sugar export curbs and their impact
Thu, May 26, 2022

The government has notified that sugar exports will be restricted, or allowed only with permission. How much sugar does India export, what led to this decision, and what are its likely implications?

Maharashtra’s chana procurement all set to cross target of 6.8-lakh tonne
Wed, May 25, 2022

One of the main issues which marked this year’s procurement was the extra long window given to farmers to register for the process.

Reuse, recycle: Pune waste pickers cooperative shows way to deal with unused household items, clothes
Tue, May 24, 2022

Pune-based waste pickers cooperative Swach has been running a programme called 'V-collect' which gathers these materials and takes the responsibility to reuse and recycle them for the last 11 years.

Explained: What’s behind the current food inflation?
Tue, May 24, 2022

The current inflation is supply shock-driven — and more about calories than proteins and micronutrients. What has been the impact of global calorie inflation on India, and what factors will determine trends in the days ahead?

Afghan economy in tatters, relations on hold, Delhi and Kabul trade via Dubai
Fri, May 20, 2022

Afghanistan has been a major destination for Indian sugar, and India one of the biggest importers of Afghan spices and dried fruits, especially apricots and figs.

Explained: Why has Centre advanced its 20% ethanol blending target by five years?
Fri, May 20, 2022

The Union Cabinet has advanced by five years its target for achieving 20% ethanol blending in petrol. What does advancing the blending target mean? Is the new target achievable? What are the roadblocks ahead?

Explained: Crop loan targets and why cooperative banks want action against commercial banks over not meeting it
Tue, May 17, 2022

As of January 31, 2022, commercial banks, who had a target of Rs 36,571 crore, had disbursed Rs loans worth 22,837 crore (62 per cent). On the other hand, cooperative banks, whose target was Rs 20,584 crore, had lent Rs 15,555 crore (76 per cent).

Farmers’ leader Raju Shetti takes MSP battle to northeast India
Mon, May 16, 2022

The former MP from Hatkanangle said they wanted a law along the lines of the Minimum Wages Act, which will allow farmers to have the legal cover to get MSP in markets.

Glimmer of hope: Pulses, milk prices fall
Fri, May 13, 2022

The fall in global SMP and butter fat prices should put a lid on inflation in milk and dairy products in India. That, together with retail prices of pulses ruling lower than a year ago, offers some respite amid overall rising food inflation.

Early monsoon on the horizon, Maharashtra mills race against time to finish crushing
Wed, May 11, 2022

The sugarcane crushing season of 2021-22 has been marked by bumper cane, with the state expected to cross all records of sugar production.

Varied exposure, hedging against sugar losses helped MSC bank regain financial health
Tue, May 10, 2022

In 2011, the apex cooperative bank of the state had come into the limelight due to the rising number of bad loans. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had dismissed its board of directors, which had included the then Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other political heavyweights.

Maharashtra: Kolhapur village bans rites associated with widowhood, dist admin asks other villages to adopt resolution
Mon, May 09, 2022

The sarpanch said that widows in the rural hinterland are still forced to lead a life of seclusion and even her own relatives often shun her during social or religious functions. “This makes widows feel guilty for no fault of theirs,” he added.

A start-up that earned more during pandemic, thanks to its problem-solving approach
Wed, May 04, 2022

A mechanical engineer by training, Arham Pratap Jain got interested in the logistic sector thanks to his exposure in the sector through his family business which dealt in chemicals and fuel.

Pune: At MahaFPC, QR codes on mangoes are helping buyers check even the tree from which a fruit was picked
Wed, May 04, 2022

Rahul Godse of MahaFPC said the feature was added to bring transparency in the system.

Freight disruptions pose serious challenges to mango exporters
Tue, May 03, 2022

For mangoes, aircraft freight is the only way to capture markets in the Middle East, South Korea, Japan, US, European Union and UK as ocean freight has not been very successful.

Pune: Agricultural marketing board aims to treat 2,000 tonnes of mangoes for export this season
Sun, May 01, 2022

Located near the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), the MSAMB’s facility in Vashi for exports has necessary infrastructure for exporters to send their fruits to foreign destinations.

Know Your City: Inside Pune’s Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, a treasure trove of Jain manuscripts
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Collection of more than 5,000 Jain manuscripts is important link in ongoing Jaina Prosopography project undertaken by School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London

Edible oil industry readies for tough time over Indonesian ban on exports
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

However, the Indonesian government soon clarified that the ban was only extended to palmolien oil while crude palm oil (CPO) and RBD palm oil are allowed to be shipped.

Higher demand for Alphonso mangoes in US markets surprises exporters
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Mango export to US markets has increased steadily, from 80 tonnes in 2007-08 to 1,300 tonnes before the pandemic hit.

In Pune, a housing federation helps societies tackle chronic defaulters
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Payment of maintenance charges was one of the fundamental duties of society members, said Suhas Patwardhan, chairman of the federation. Without timely payment of these charges, no society can function as it is the primary source of income for them, he added.

Pune Garbage Crisis Part V: Tech solutions to help fix the city’s garbage problem
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

In this fifth and final part of The Indian Express series on Pune’s garbage crisis, Parthasarathi Biswas takes a look at a couple of initiatives aimed at safer and useful disposal of urban waste.

SOPA against soyameal import, ‘will harm soyabean oil industry’
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

In a strongly worded letter to Atul Chaturvedi, the Indore-based Soyabean Processors Association of India (SOPA) has opposed any move to import soyameal, saying it would be detrimental to the domestic soyabean oil industry.

Mango export season begins, over 65 tonnes of fruit leave for US markets
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Arrivals from Karnataka, however, are yet to pick up, with traders hopeful that this will happen after May first week.