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Difficult to say Bt cotton crop yield loss due to pink bollworm attack: FSII
Seed industry body FSII today said it was "unfortunate" that the Maharashtra government has held seed firms responsible without any proper assessment for the losses suffered due to pink bollworm attack on Bt cotton crop this kharif season. It is "unfair" and "breach of principles of natural justice" to hold seed companies responsible based on "media reports", alleged the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) in a statement.

Comprehensive policy to promote agriculture exports on anvil
The commerce ministry is working on a comprehensive policy covering issues such as logistics to promote export of agri commodities like tea, coffee, fruits and vegetables, a senior official said. India is one of biggest producers and exporters of agri commodities, and still holds huge potential to increase shipments

Indias palm oil imports flat at 7.22 lakh tonne: SEA
Palm oil imports remained flat at 7,22,857 tonne in December because of increase in the import duty, industry body Solvent Extractors Association (SEA) said today. India, the worlds leading vegetable oil buyer, had imported 7,23,158 tonne palm oil in December 2016.

Farm sector to expand over 4% in FY18: Farm Minister Radha Mohan Singh
Indias agriculture sector will expand more than 4% in 2017-18, farm minister Radha Mohan Singh said, trying to allay concerns raised by the statistical offices projection of sluggish growth in one of the most important segments of the economy. Increased horticulture and fisheries production, a robust kharif harvest and near-normal planting in the ongoing rabi seasonwill hold the growth at a healthy rate, he said.

Farm sector to expand over 4% in FY18: Farm Minister Radha Mohan Singh
Indias agriculture sector will expand more than 4% in 2017-18, farm minister Radha Mohan Singh said, trying to allay concerns raised by the statistical offices projection of sluggish growth in one of the most important segments of the economy. Increased horticulture and fisheries production, a robust kharif harvest and near-normal planting in the ongoing rabi seasonwill hold the growth at a healthy rate, he said.

Farmers feel the chill as prices of commodities fall
Rural India is facing stress as prices of key agricultural commodities such as pulses have fallen sharply because of fresh supplies from farms and the governments robust measures to build stocks and control food inflation.

Onion price up at Rs 50-60/kg; Government says will cool down soon
Retail onion price have risen to Rs 50-60/kg in some parts of the country but the government said it is a "temporary phase" and the rates will cool down by the month-end with improved arrival of the kharif crop. Onion is being sold at over Rs 50/kg in the national capital, Mumbai and Kolkata, respectively. In Chennai, the price is ruling at Rs 45/kg, as per the official data. A similar trend prevails in small cities as well.

Low produce, undecided prices irk Tamil Nadu cane growers
The Tamil harvest festival, Pongal, will once again leave a bitter after-taste for sugarcane growers in the state who are yet to recover from the ravages of the drought of 2016-17. Low produce, mounting arrears from private mills and a state government that has been dragging its feet on cane procurement prices, better known as State Advised Prices (SAP), have left growers with little to cheer in the festive season.

Crop insurance scheme likely to get Rs 13,000 crore in FY19 budget
The government is likely to increase the budget allocation for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) to Rs 13,000 crore for 2018-19 from Rs 10,701 crore for the current financial year, sources said.

India rice exports seen surging to record as Bangladesh boosts buying
Indias rice exports likely jumped 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as neighbouring Bangladesh ramped up purchases after flooding hit its crops, industry officials said. The boost in shipments from the worlds top exporter of the grain is set to extend into 2018 as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka continue to buy aggressively amid depleting inventories in No.2 exporter Thailand, the officials said.

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