User: phemk23 Topic: Gujarat Agriculture
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Gujarat: Oil millers press for peanut promotion council 20.6.2018 DNA: Money
Oil millers have demanded a special Peanut Promotion Council to promote groundnut oil among the masses and to ensure that groundnut farmers get remunerative prices for their crop. The council will also work as an advocacy body to remove the myths about groundnut oil and highlight its benefits. In a letter to Radha Mohan Singh Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Samir Shah, president of Saurashtra Oil Millers Association (SOMA) said that current price of groundnut and many of the oilseeds and pulses are about 15-30% lower than the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and under prevailing conditions, there is no way farmers' income can be doubled b 2022 and the efforts by central and state governments have not got desired results. Shah suggested that it is high time to take a comprehensive review of export and import of oilseeds is undertaken. At a time when foreign multinational companies are aggressively trying to cater to the Indian market, farmers are not even getting affordable prices of their ...
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Gujarat: Edible oil prices likely to rise, stock limit abolished 15.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The prices of edible oil may shoot up following the central government's move to remove the limit on inventory for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as raising import duties on edible oils. The twin moves brought cheer among the miller and trader communities, who expect demand take off mostly from institutional buyers and partly from households . "Till afternoon (before the announcement of removal of stock limit), I was begging to traders to buy groundnut oil but they were reluctant. After the stock limits were abolished, orders started pouring in. I wondered the way market sentiments changed," said Samir Shah, president of Saurashtra Oil Mills Association (SOMA). Saurashtra is the main hub for production of groundnut, the main edible oil in the state. Central government on Thursday evening also raised import duties on crude palm oil, refined edible palmolein oil, crude and refined edible sunflower oil, crude and refined soyabean oil as well as crude and refined rapeseed oil from 25-54% ...
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Not satisfied with CID probe in groundnut gutting: RC Faldu 14.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Gujarat Agriculture Minister, RC Faldu seems exasperated after the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) chairman, Vaghji Boda held the state government responsible for negligence in groundnut gutting incidents. Replying to the allegations, Faldu has said he was not satisfied with the primary investigation by the CID in the incident and asked them to resurrect political nexus in the same. Boda had alleged in a press conference on Tuesday in Rajkot that the Gujarat government's agencies were involved in irregularities in purchase of groundnuts at MSP from farmers. Faldu countered him by addressing a press conference on Wednesday at his office in Gandhinagar. Faldu said, "Boda is also a son of the farming family and he should understand what was the role of state government. We are not in picture of selling or purchase of groundnut at all. Boda is a NAFED chairman and it was his responsibility to ensure a fool-proof system. The CID (crime) submitted the primary report of ...
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Gujarat responsible for irregular nut MSP: NAFED 13.6.2018 DNA: Money
The Central government’s agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) blamed irregularities in purchase of groundnuts from farmers at minimum support price (MSP) on the Gujarat government. NAFED Chairman Vaghji Boda addressed a press conference at Rajkot and alleged that the Jungle Raj prevailed in Gujarat alike UP and Bihar. Addressing a press conference, Boda said, “One should notice that the groundnut gutting incidents occurred at the warehouses which were hired by Gujarat Warehousing Corporation and GUJCOMASOL and state run APMC. There are many open warehouses where groundnut was stored but the stock is safe. Gujarat has become like UP and Bihar and Jungle Raaj prevails here. The incident has spoiled the reputation of farmers and cooperative sector of Gujarat.” “Agriculture minister RC Faldu is making baseless allegations on NAFED for irregularities of purchase of groundnuts at MSP. I demand further investigation in this case,” Boda said. The press conference by Boda ...
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Gujarat Farmers’ strike: Vegetables back in supply after shortage 6.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The supply of vegetables at Ahmedabad's main wholesale market is recovering after the initial shortfall caused by farmers' boycott of markets. Although prices dropped in the past two days, they are still around 50% higher than pre-boycott rates. Traders feel chances of things returning to normal rather than worsening, are high. Traders said that while there's no impact on the supply of bottle gourd, cucumber, brinjal and other vegetables which come from other parts of Gujarat, supply from other states is picking up after witnessing a drop in the first two days of the boycott. "The arrivals from other states are about 75% of normal on Tuesday, which is an improvement from about 60% on Monday. Things are more likely to normalise than turn worse," said Prajesh Patel, a leading trader at Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Jamalpur, the main wholesale market from where retail vendors buy produce to supply all parts of the city. "Normally, we receive 25-30 trucks from Maharashtra every day. As the ...
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Woman held after immolation bid outside CM's house in Rajkot 30.5.2018 General News
The police today detained a woman when she allegedly tried to immolate herself near Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's residence in Gujarat's Rajkot district, an official said. Hetal Makawana, a native of Padadhari town in Rajkot, had a couple of days back threatened to set herself ablaze in front of Rupani's private residence here. She wanted to protest, what she claimed as, the "police inaction" to include the name of a local BJP leader and former MLA in an FIR in connection with an incident of her husband having been allegedly beaten up. Makawana's husband was injured in a clash some days back, a police official said. The woman alleged that he was beaten up at the behest of former Rajkot MLA Ramesh Rupapara, he said. She claimed that despite her repeated request, the police did not include Rupapara's name as an accused in the FIR and threatened to set herself on fire. A senior police official said they had stepped up the security at the chief minister's residence in advance
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Groundnuts fire brought under control after 4 days, forensic 10.5.2018 General News
Nearly four days after a major fire broke out at a warehouse located on the outskirts of the city, in which groundnuts worth Rs 3.5 crore were gutted, the firefighters brought the blaze under control today, officials said. The Gujarat CID-Crime, which has taken over the investigations into the devastating fire, immediately began its probe into the incident. According to a top CID official, preliminary probe has revealed that it was an accident and not the result of sabotage. Nonetheless the probe agency has roped in forensic experts. "The fire, which started on the night of May 6, is now under control. The blaze has destroyed groundnuts worth Rs 3.5 crore kept in the godown," Deputy Inspector General of Police, CID-Crime Deepankar Trivedi said. Rajkot chief fire officer B J Theda said, "The fire has been brought under control. But it has not been completely doused as yet. Efforts are still on." The stock of groundnuts, which was stored in the godown located in Shapar ...
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Groundnut fire: CID steps in, Congress demands judicial probe 8.5.2018 General News
The Gujarat CID-Crime today took over the investigations into the devastating fire which has so far destroyed groundnut worth Rs 3 crore kept at a warehouse on the outskirts of Rajkot city. The Rajkot Police conducted the initial probe into the fire, which started three days ago and is still raging. Even as CID-Crime officials visited the warehouse in the Shapar industrial area, about 200km from here, as part of the probe, the Gujarat Congress demanded a judicial inquiry. The opposition party said a sitting judge of the Gujarat High Court should probe the fire incident as it alleged a larger conspiracy by the ruling BJP to "hide corruption in procurement of groundnut from farmers". The blaze erupted on the night of May 6 in the rented warehouse and was still raging, said Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rajkot Range) D N Patel. "A team of CID-Crime today began its probe by visiting the warehouse. The fire is still not under control. It may take another 24 hours to ...
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Gujarat: 3rd groundnut godown gutted, CID to probe 8.5.2018 DNA: Top News
A stock of around 8,000 quintal groundnut worth Rs 3.90 crore stored at a warehouse in Rajkot city was gutted in a fire late on Sunday. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet and short circuit has been ruled out it did not have power connection. Considering this is the third incident in which fire has destroyed huge stock of groundnut purchased by the Gujarat government at minimum support price (MSP) from farmers, CM Vijay Rupani has ordered a CID probe into Sunday's fire incident, according to Agriculture minister RC Faldu. The blaze was so big that it took the fire brigade till Monday afternoon to douse it. Experts from the forensic science laboratory (FSL) was rushed to the spot to ascertain the cause of fire. The collector ordered a magisterial inquiry, while the district police superintendent formed three teams to investigate the incident. Rupani told media persons in Gandhinagar that the government was taking the incident seriously. Faldu said, "This groundnut was procured by the Centre ...
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Rs 3 cr groundnut gutted in fire; minister smells conspiracy 7.5.2018 General News
A fire broke out at a warehouse near the Shapar industrial area here, gutting a huge stock of groundnut worth about Rs 3 crore, officials said today. The blaze erupted late last night in the rented warehouse and was still raging, a police officer said. This is the second major incident of fire at a groundnut warehouse in Rajkot district in three months. Gujarat Agriculture Minister R C Faldu ordered a high-level probe into the incident, and said it could be an attempt to malign the image of the state BJP government as such accidents were happening regularly. A huge stock of groundnut, purchased from farmers in Gujarat by NAFED (National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India) was stored in the godown, located in the industrial area on the city's outskirts. "The exact cause of the fire was not immediately known. We have formed three to four teams and launched an investigation to find out whether it was an accident or a conspiracy. We will take stern action against those .
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Govt working to expand mkt for textiles: Suresh Prabhu 5.5.2018 DNA: Top News
The government of India is making efforts to expand the export market for textiles, union commerce and industries minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Friday. Talks are on tracks with the European Union, Latin America, South Africa and other African countries. The minister also said that efforts are on to make khadi as a popular fabric globally. The government is looking at the textiles sector as one which can create new jobs on a large scale. Prabhu also suggested that since Gujarat and Saurashtra particularly are key regions contributing to the production of cotton, establishing entire value chain right up to garments in the vicinity, is the most logical move. Prabhu was speaking at three-day 'Farm To Fashion' expo that began in Ahmedabad on Friday, organized jointly by Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and Maskati Market Kapad Mahajan He said that the government is trying to explore more markets globally for Indian businesses, especially textiles. "We are in talks with EU. The largest ...
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Ahead of monsoon, rural economy at risk of slowdown over cash crunch 19.4.2018 Business Standard: News Now
With cash transactions routed through banks taking a hit due to a cash crunch, the rural economy is at the risk of a slowdown ahead of the monsoon. More so in Utar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Post-harvest rabi and pre-kharif loan offtake, typically around April, have been lower by as much as 50 per cent in several states. In southern states, where chit funds are popular instruments for investment in rural areas, defaults have risen. According to bankers, if the cash crunch persists, payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme would be hit."Rural branches in some states are fast running out of cash.If this continues, timely MGNREGS payments might be a problem," said a banker with a public sector institution. "Farmers are facing huge problems in getting loans. For example, at the Amreli cooperative bank in Gujarat, loan disbursements are 90 per cent less than usual. We have written to the Reserve Bank and the finance ...
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Cotton trading at Rs 41,445 per candy; Coriander at Rs 5,420 per quintal 15.4.2018 Business Standard: News Now
However, seasonal arrivals would limit any sharp increase in coriander prices
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Refashioning the blouse 15.4.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Refashioning the blouse
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NID students help Kutch weavers to revive desi wool 14.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Textile design students of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad have helped weavers of Kutch to revive Desi wool, which was given up by the weavers. In a project aimed at co-creation, the textile design department of NID collaborated with an NGO Khamir, which works for the empowerment of craftsmen in Kutch, to revive the use of indigenous cotton namely Kala cotton and local wool. Says professor Swasti Singh Ghai, course co-ordinator, “Design should not remove culture, but enhance culture. While the aim was how to popularize use of Kala cotton among weavers and make products that impact the market, the challenge was how to make it more delicate and aesthetic since Kala cotton is heavier. Also, majority of weavers had given up desi wool so the idea was how to re-introduce desi wool and make certain products which could be sold in other parts of India. Twelve students of NID worked closely with 4 weavers from Kutch and understood the challenges faced by the weavers. The students then worked to solve ...
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Farmers, traders hit as cash supply takes a cut in Gujarat 14.4.2018 DNA: Popular News
Farmers and traders are severely hit in Gujarat as there is not enough cash in cooperative banks. Farmers repay their loan in March and new loans are disbursed in April, bankers said. However, RBI is not releasing cash in sufficient quantity and loan disbursement has been affected adversely. Gujarat Urban Cooperative Bank Federation (GUCBF) said in a press release that Rabi season is going on and farmers need to be paid in cash. However, Urban Cooperative Banks do not have sufficient cash and so farmers and traders are facing a severe shortage of cash. "Farmers are coming to markets to sell wheat, castor, cumin and other crops. They need to be paid in cash, which is in short supply with UCBs," GUCBF said in the statement. Same is the case with District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) which operate in rural areas. "We are told that RBI has not released enough cash to cooperative banks. We sought money from SBI, Bank of India (BoI) and other nationalized banks. But we are told that even they are short of ...
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Gujarat CM's Trust to hold cancer awareness camps 12.4.2018 General News
Shri Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust (SPRMT), run by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in his personal capacity, will start holding cancer awareness camps in Rajkot for the people of Saurashtra region. Vijay Rupani, who is the chairman of the Trust will inaugurate the camp on April 15, his wife and trustee of SPRMT Anjaliben Rupani said here today. "The camp will be held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month with the association of Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown and Ahmedabad-based Astha Oncology Associates Healthcare Global (HCG) hospital," she said. "During the camps, people of Saurashtra and Kutch regions can consult the state's leading cancer surgeons free of cost," she added. Rajkot mayor Jayman Upadhyay, who is also one of the trustees of SPRMT, said, "The objective of the camp is to create awareness among the people about cancer." To combat cancer, four steps- awareness, precautions, early diagnosis and proper follow-up- are required, which the camp will ..
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10 farmers injured, more than 50 detained during protests in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district 1.4.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research

More than 50 farmers were detained while 10 farmers were injured when police fired tear gas shells to disperse thousands of farmers gathered to resist Gujarat government’s company to take possess

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Former Guj MLA booked for assaulting probationary forest 25.3.2018 General News
A former MLA of Gondal constituency, Mahipatsinh Jadeja, has been booked for allegedly attacking four probationary officers of the Indian Forest Service near Ribda, about 20 kilometres from here, police said. Officials said the incident happened when a group of 47 probationers of the 2017 batch was returning to Ahmedabad yesterday morning by bus. "The bus halted at a petrol pump, near Jadeja's residence, to fill fuel and four of the probationers alighted for some fresh air. One of them was leaning against the wall of Jadeja's residence and the latter thought the probationer was urinating against the wall," an official said. A heated argument ensued in which Jadeja attacked one of the probationers, Vipul, with a rod and also three others, Rahul, Sunil and Pankaj, when they came to Vipul's rescue, the police official said. One of the men accompanying Jadeja allegedly tried to ram them with his jeep, police said. "The person who attacked the forest officials was identified
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Gujarat have no gauchar land in over 2,750 villages 21.3.2018 DNA: Money
Almost one-sixth of the nearly 18,000 villages in Gujarat have no gauchar or pasture land, information provided by the state government in the assembly on Monday showed. Pasture land is where cattle and other livestock graze. Pasture lands have been shrinking due to rising urbanization. There is no gauchar land in 2,754 villages in the state, data provided by the government in written responses to questions of different Congress MLAs showed. The number of villages without any gau-char land 2,625 in mid-2015. "The Supreme Court has given clear directions that gauchar land cannot be sold. The state government, which doesn't let go of any opportunity when it comes to playing politics in the name of cow, should explain how gauchar land is becoming extinct in more and more villages," Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi, said. What is worrying is that districts, which are traditionally dependent on agriculture and allied activities for livelihoods of a large population, are home to the highest number of ...
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