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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Parthasarathi Biswas


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

Maharashtra: Dairies brace for further losses as lockdown returns in urban pockets
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Of the 11.50 lakh litres of milk it collects daily, Gokul dairy said, it was forced to covert around 1 lakh litres into SMP. “This is an improvement from the situation in April- May, when our sales had dipped by 2-2.5 lakh litres per day,” he said.

Devendra Fadnavis leads sugar barons to Delhi, seeks assistance from Home Minister
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Other than Devendra Fadnavis, the delegation had BJP MLA Jaykumar Gore, Dhananjay Mahadik, Harshvardhan Patil, and others. While Gore and Patil joined the BJP from the Congress just before the Assembly elections, Mahadik has joined the BJP from the NCP.

FAO warns of fresh locust attack along Indo-Pak border
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Since they were first reported in early April, locusts have made their presence felt in various parts of the country.

Farmers complain of urea shortage, state govt says problems in supply
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

As monsoon remains active, punctual sowing operations have picked up in the state. Urea is used by farmers as a fertiliser both in pre-sowing land preparation as well as during growth phase of crops.

Govt regulates glyphosate use, farmers allege bid to restrict herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

As per estimates, of the total weedicides sold in India worth Rs 4,500 crore annually, glyphosate alone accounts for over Rs 1,100 crore, with the most-talked about application being in cotton crops.

Farmers ditch short-duration crops for soyabean and cotton, bumper produce expected
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Timely arrival of monsoon had seen farmers accelerating their sowing activities. As of July 10, India has reported 580.21 lakh hectares (lh) of sowing as against the 402.57 lh of last year.

Wholesale markets in Pune to remain closed, essential supply likely through FPCs
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

During the previous lockdowns, the FPCs had ensured supplies were kept intact. It is expected that this time around, they will be roped in for the same. Satish Soni, director, marketing, said they are waiting for the orders to set the chain in motion.

Industries urge Maharashtra admin to keep their operations out of 10-day lockdown
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

The announcement of the lockdown has caused great constrain in the industrial heartland, which has just started reporting some business after the prolonged lockdown of almost three months.

Farmers lodge over 50,000 complaints of soybean seed failure, FIRs filed against 23 companies
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

Germination failure stumped farmers in Maharashtra, who took advantage of the timely advent of the monsoon and easy availability of labour to accelerate sowing operations. But soon they started reporting germination failure due to which they were forced to sow again.

Maharashtra govt to speed up loan waiver scheme as banks ‘refuse to cooperate’
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

The Aadhaar-authenticated process came to a standstill during the first phase of a countrywide lockdown in March. Around 18.96 lakh farmers had received waiver worth Rs 11,999.1 crore with another 11.16 lakh farmers waiting to receive their waiver.

Maharashtra’s big APMCs see no threat from trading reforms
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Narayangaon wholesale market for tomatoes in Junnar taluka of Pune district has seen no drop in arrivals of the red berry or farmer and trader footfall.

As SMP stock piles up during lockdown, dairies protest against import at reduced duty
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Dairies convert excess milk stock into anhydrous SMP and white butter to be supplement their needs. Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, dairies had reported a shortfall in daily procurement and SMP stock had almost dropped to zero.

Maharashtra: Crop loan disbursal remains low, minister warns banks of action
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

For the last three years, banks in Maharashtra have reported low levels of financing to the agricultural sector. Repeated loan waivers and droughts had disturbed the credit cycle of the state, which had seen banks failing to meet the targets assigned to them to finance the farm sector.

Relief for cooperative sugar mills as state govt starts process to provide bank guarantee
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

As many as 58 of the 102 cooperative mills in the state have faced problems in raising capital due to their negative net disposable resource (NDR), ahead of what is expected to be a bumper crop season.

Explained: In spite of ample labour & good rain, why soyabean seeds failed in Maharashtra
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

Right from the beginning of the oil marketing season last November, concerns had surfaced about the quality of soyabean seeds. Unseasonal rain in October and November had affected the quality of the seed, which had put a question mark over seed availability and quality for the current season.

As trade with China takes its toll, cotton ginners worry about stalled payment
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

With the stoppage of imports from Bangladesh at the land ports between two countries in West Bengal coming to a halt, Indian exporters fear this would affect their prospects to one of the biggest markets of Indian cotton.

India-Israel project seeks to help farmers use water and energy more efficiently
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

According to experts, subsidised electricity in the agricultural sector has often led to over utilisation of groundwater as farmers avoid metering their pumps.

Maharashtra govt ends up procuring 50% of cotton in Maharashtra
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Maharashtra reported an all-time high 44 lakh hectares of cotton acreage and production of 407 lakh quintals (80 lakh bales each of 170 kg) of cotton.

Westerlies help locusts reach Bihar border, but scientists confident of controlling swarms
Fri, Jun 26, 2020

This year, not only have the locusts been sighted almost two months in advance, but also instead of the solitary insects, swarms of young immature adults have been reported in India.

Takeaways fail to bring in business for Pune eateries
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

“The small stalls or restaurants who sustain mainly on takeaway can survive but sit-in establishments can’t operate like this,” said Ganesh Shetty, president of Pune Restaurants and Hoteliers Association (PRAHA).

Early rains, ample labour due to returning migrants help state farmers push sowing into high gear
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

By June 14, almost all of Maharashtra was covered by the monsoon, with drought-prone Marathwada and Vidarbha regions reporting its onset even earlier. The state has already received 178 mm of rainfall, as against the 166.1 mm it normally receives by this time of the year.

Early sowing, but soyabean seeds fail to germinate in Maharashtra districts
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Growers in some parts of the state have blamed inferior quality of seed, while in some cases, insufficient soil moisture is being blamed for the failure of the seed to germinate. Agriculture Commissioner Suhas Diwase confirmed the problem but said it is restricted to some talukas of particular districts.

Maharashtra: Early sowing, but soyabean seeds fail to germinate
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Growers in some parts of the state have blamed inferior quality of seed, while in some cases, insufficient soil moisture is being blamed. Agriculture Commissioner Suhas Diwase confirmed the problem but said it is restricted to some talukas of particular districts.

Maharashtra: MSC Bank reports record operating profit, zero NPA
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

The financial results of the bank show that the bank has reported record disbursal of loans worth Rs 20,817 crore, the highest in the history of the bank. Similarly, the bank has reported total business of Rs 41,666 crore, again a record high.

Maharashtra: Sugar prices rise in view of expected MSP rise, export surge
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown had brought both domestic and international sales of sugar to a grinding halt. Labour problem at ports also disrupted the international shipments.