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  • 28-Mar-2012 | D Gopi

    Poor show at auctions, high inventory hit tobacco prices

    Unsold stocks with traders have become a bane for tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh this season. Traders are not taking active part in auctions and even if they do, the prices quoted are at low levels, when compared with those offered last season.

  • 11-Nov-2011 | D Gopi

    Cotton farmers fear crop crisis

    Cotton farmers in the state are worried about a major crisis due to crop failure in the current season. While lack of rains and power failure had brought down the yield, the increase in input cost made them to invest more. The fall in the yield is ...

  • 22-Oct-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco Board cuts crop size by 5% to 160 mn kg

    The Tobacco Board has reduced the crop size by five per cent this year due to global agreement to cut output. Though the Board had permitted 170 million kg of tobacco in Andhra Pradesh for 2010-11, farmers have produced 185 million kg. This year, ...

  • 10-Oct-2011 | D Gopi

    India may export tobacco to China

    India is getting ready to export tobacco to China from this year, if everything goes well. Trade relations between India and China would be renewed after a gap of around 12 years.

  • 06-Sep-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco Board to fix crop size on Sept 9

    The Tobacco Board has decided to cut the crop size this year. However, this would not be as demanded by the the Indian Tobacco Association (ITA), but ‘in tune with the global changes’.

  • 09-Aug-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco Board lobbies with ITA on crop size

    The ITA had placed an indent for 120 million kg of tobacco for the 2011-12 season, as against the crop size of 170 million kg. The ITA claimed that it had no export orders from the global market, and it would not be possible for the traders to buy ...

  • 20-Jul-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco farmers oppose move to cut crop size

    Tobacco growers are opposing any move to reduce the crop size for the coming season. They met Tobacco Board executive director Ch Subba Rao in the light of the Indian Tobacco Association (ITA) sending a proposal to the board suggesting cut in the ...

  • 13-Jul-2011 | D Gopi

    Guntur chilli prices touch new high

    Badiga chillies of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh have become the most sought-after variety in the state this season. This variety has greater demand in the global market, particularly in countries like Malaysia and Singapore.

  • 02-Jul-2011 | D Gopi

    Cyclone shelters in coastal districts

    The Centre, with project aid from the World Bank, will build cyclone shelters along the coast of Bay of Bengal, as part of the disaster mitigation project. In Andhra Pradesh, it would be implemented in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East ...

  • 21-Jun-2011 | D Gopi

    Board for cut in tobacco production

    The Tobacco Board and the Indian Tobacco Association (ITA) are planning to bring down the production limit for the next season, in the wake of agitation by tobacco growers for a remunerative price this season.

  • 16-Jun-2011 | D Gopi

    Farmers' protest halts tobacco auctions

    With tobacco farmers agitating for remunerative prices, auctions at the 11 platforms spread over the southern black soils (SBS) and southern light soils (SLS) in Prakasam and part of Nellore districts are yet to start.

  • 30-May-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco growers plan stir from June 2

    Tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh are planning to launch an agitation from June 2, seeking higher price. The agitation would start with hunger strike at auction platforms and tobacco companies in the state.

  • 25-May-2011 | D Gopi

    Board urges traders to up tobacco price

    The Tobacco Board had requested the traders to increase the price by Rs 15 as farmers were incurring heavy losses. The board met the representatives of the Indian Tobacco Association (ITA) and urged them to buy the product at Rs 120 a kg.

  • 24-May-2011 | D Gopi

    Spinning mills shut shop for a day in protest

    The Andhra Pradesh Spinning Mills Association (APSMA) closed the 200 spinning mills under it for a day today in protest against the Centre’s ban on export of cotton yarn .

  • 04-May-2011 | D Gopi

    Paddy growers demand higher MSP

    Farmer leaders representing Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have formed an independent forum to help paddy growers across the country.

  • 25-Apr-2011 | D Gopi

    Untimely rain damages crop worth crores

    Untimely rains in the state have damaged crops — both standing and harvested — in Krishna and Guntur districts.

  • 20-Apr-2011 | D Gopi

    Mango may turn dearer on low output

    Mango is set to cost more this year as the untimely rains during November-December 2010 have affected the crop. The mango season, which is to take off in the next couple of weeks, will see the Banganapalli variety turning dearer due to low ...

  • 12-Apr-2011 | D Gopi

    Cotton cultivation up in south, centre

    The central and southern states are increasing cotton production, while it is slowly coming down in the northern states. There has been a slow decline in the production of cotton in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The western states, Gujarat, ...

  • 08-Apr-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco Board to develop new auction centres

    The Tobacco Board is planning to spend Rs 98.13 crore on auction platforms this financial year. The amount will be used for upgrading auction centres, developing seven new auction platforms in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and computerisation of ...

  • 06-Apr-2011 | D Gopi

    Board raises tobacco price by Rs 4 per kg

    The Tobacco Board has agreed to increase the minimum guarantee price by Rs 4 a kg to farmers of F1 Grade from the current Rs 120. This was decided after board Chairman G Kamalavardhana Rao held meetings with representatives of farmers and traders.

  • 15-Mar-2011 | D Gopi

    Groundnut area declines as farmers shift to cash crops

    Groundnut cultivation in the country is declining as farmers are shifting to other remunerative crops. While the crop was cultivated on 797,000 hectares during the 2009-10 season, the area has now come down to 700,000 hectares. Most of the farmers ...

  • 25-Feb-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco auctions begins in AP

    To start with, the auction will be held at six platforms initially and would be extended to the remaining platforms by the middle of March.

  • 02-Feb-2011 | D Gopi

    Tobacco Board plans more platforms in AP, Karnataka

    The Tobacco Board is planning to open seven more auction platforms in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for the next season.

  • 12-Jan-2011 | D Gopi

    Chilli prices to rise on low yield, export demand

    Incessant rain in the state may have caused damage to the chilli crop, but farmers are in an upbeat mood as they are getting the highest-ever price for their produce.

  • 23-Dec-2010 | D Gopi

    Raw material shortage hits rice bran oil industry

    Seeks tax settlement.