The shellac manufacturing industry in the city of Purulia, West Bengal, is shrinking at a very fast pace. The reason for the decline is the lack of government support towards helping local industries grow.
Unexpected rains in Punjab and Haryana have damaged a significant portion of the cotton crop, flattening the hopes of farmers in the two states, according to cotton growers from those states. However their respective agricultural departments term the losses as negligible.
Low supplies with farmers adopting a wait-and-watch stance are pushing up turmeric prices in India, the largest grower and exporter of the yellow spice, but farmer-joy will be short-lived because lower than normal monsoon rains could leave them with little or nothing to sell in the 2012-13 season, said a local turmeric merchants association.
In view of the looming drought situation in Jharkhand, the state government has announced an INR410 crore relief package for farmers, an official said. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arjun Munda on July 29.
The long dry spell during the monsoon season may see apple production in Himachal Pradesh falling by 20 percent from the projected 25 million boxes of 20kg each, but this will still be higher than last year's production of 14 million boxes.
Tea crop in parts of Assam and West Bengal have been badly hit by the inadequate rainfall and high temperatures, as per estimates by the Indian Tea Association (ITA).
Tea cultivators in North Bengal have been worried over the attack of a fatal pest on their crop, reports News Track India.
With its granaries overflowing and record food production for the third year in a row, the central government has decided to allow states to lift and distribute six months' quota of foodgrains under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in one go. Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution KV Thomas has written to the states, requesting them to make the most of the facility of advance lifting of foodgrains, according to an official statement.
Wheat procurement in Punjab has crossed the 125 lakh tonnes-mark during the current season, state Food and Supplies Department officials stated. The total procurement of wheat till the evening of May 17 was 12,585,758 tonnes, they said.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the central government to allow export of wheat from the state. Talking to media at Rakhra village in Patiala district, 100 km from Chandigarh, Badal said that Punjab was facing a problem of storage of wheat, owing to the bumper crop this year.