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Andhra Pradesh investigates planting of Monsantos unapproved GM cotton
One of Indias biggest cotton-growing states has formed a panel to investigate how 15 percent of the states cotton acreage has been planted with a non-approved genetically modified strain developed by MonsantoBSE -0.38 % and may bring criminal charges.

Onion prices may rise further this Diwali
Concerned that onion prices, which are already high, may spike further during Diwali, due to continuous rains in key onion growing state of Maharashtra and also Karnataka, the government has ordered agricultural mandis in Nashik to curtail their Diwali holidays. Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka have been getting heavy rains almost every day in October, resulting in slightly higher onion prices this month

Tea Board proposes Rs 100 crore package for Darjeeling gardens
The Tea Board has submitted a Rs 100-crore package proposal to the Centre for the Darjeeling tea industry, which is readying restart of operations after the prolonged shutdown in the hills. The Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA), however, had sought a much higher package to compensate for the revenue loss and for payments to workers till the start of next production.

Govt to bring 12 lakh ha land under micro-irrigation
The Centre is working towards bringing 12 lakh hectares of land under micro-irrigation in the current fiscal, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. Addressing the valedictory session of the fifth five-day India Water Week here, he said it was something which hadnt been achieved in the post-Independence era.

Indian garlic shipments zooms thanks to output shrinkage in China
Indian shipments of garlic have zoomed thanks to output shrinkage in China, the world’s largest producer, making it the hottest commodity in India’s spice export basket. In the first quarter of the year India exported 18,000 tonnes valued at Rs 123.84 crore, a staggering increase of 169% in quantity and 107% in value, the highest growth among the spices exported from India including the usual top performing ones like chilli, cumin and spice oleoresins.

Niti Aayog working with states for agri market reforms
Aiming to double farmers income by 2022, the federal think-tank Niti Aayog today said it is working with states to adopt first set of agri market reforms, including contract farming, online spot and futures trading besides encouraging private investment. Following a direction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a comprehensive agenda has been prepared to bring transformation in agriculture, which has not been liberalised like other sectors since 1991, it said

Coffee Board forecasts record post blossom coffee crop for 2017-18
Coffee Board has projected a record post blossom estimate of coffee crop for 2017-18 contrary to the views expressed by the growers. The post blossom forecast has been placed at 350,400 tonnes comprising 103,100 tonnes of arabica and 247,300 tonnes of robusta, showing over 12% (38400 tonnes) rise over the final estimate of coffee harvest of 2016-17.