Jayashree Bhosale

Special Correspondent, ETI write on agriculture, mostly from the grassroots level, on crops, their trends, the farms and farmers. Understand the villages and villagers, try to understand the emerging rural urban relationships, linkages of rural and urban economies, the growing divide between the two. I write on commodities, food, food companies, the agri input andprocessing industry, the farm to fork journey, sometimes developmental issues, The fascinating stories of international journeys food to our plates and the money made along the way, the companies who invest billions to prepare that perfect tiny seed that will feed the future generation, GMOs, CRISPR, re-emergence of traditional super foods! Twitter: @jayashreebET / E-mail: jayashree.bhosale@timesgroup.com
  • UP sugar mills not interested in converting old sugar to ethanol

    UP sugar mills not interested in converting old sugar to ethanol

    However, mills in Uttar Pradesh, the top sugar-producing state, are not keen on converting old stocks to ethanol. In Maharashtra, they are undecided about the benefits of the scheme, even though the state’s sugar industry had pushed for permission to convert old sugar into ethanol.

    Wholesale onion prices hit Rs 100/kg

    Wholesale onion prices hit Rs 100/kg

    Retail rates of best quality onion have been ruling above Rs 100/kg in most cities of south India and close to Rs 100/kg in north India.

    This winter will not be severe, says MoES secretary

    This winter will not be severe, says MoES secretary

    The high temperatures and heat waves of the current year are expected to have a role in reducing the winter chill. "Normally, a year after the El Nino event becomes one of hotter temperatures. The hottest year of 2016 was preceded by one of the strongest El Nino events of 2015," said M Rajeevan.

    At Rs 82/kg, wholesale onion prices hit record high levels in Maharashtra

    At Rs 82/kg, wholesale onion prices hit record high levels in Maharashtra

    The highest price of onion, normally fetched by only a few quintal onions, was Rs 82 per kg at Pimpalgaon Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), India’s largest onion market. The lowest price of the day for good quality onion was Rs 45 per kg while it was Rs 22 per kg for inferior quality, rain damaged onion.

    Astronomers use the upgraded GMRT to measure the gas mass of galaxies in the distant Universe

    Astronomers use the upgraded GMRT to measure the gas mass of galaxies in the distant Universe

    The study resulted in a measurement of the average atomic gas content of star-forming galaxies located 4 billion light years away, when the Universe was about two-thirds of its current age. Remarkably, the authors found that both the star-formation efficiency of galaxies in galaxies appear to have not changed significantly over the last 4 billion years.

    IITM's Green Skill Development Program trains its second batch

    IITM's Green Skill Development Program trains its second batch

    "First batch of Emission inventory and Pollution monitoring courses has been completed successfully in 2018 and empowered 24 participants. The course result was 100% which not only reflect the quality of the participants but also their interest towards the training," said IITM. This year courses have been inaugurated on 15th Oct 2019.

    Maharashtra to begin crushing operations from Nov 22

    Maharashtra to begin crushing operations from Nov 22

    About 80 sugar mills from Uttar Pradesh have already started crushing operations. “Mills from eastern UP may take eight to 10 days to start crushing cane as the fields there are still wet,” said Deepak Guptara, secretary general, Uttar Pradesh Sugar Mills Association.

    Surplus-hit sugar mills eye exports

    Surplus-hit sugar mills eye exports

    However, sugar millers from Maharashtra, the second largest producer of the sweetener, are not much interested in exporting sugar during 2019-20.

    Income Tax department raids onion traders from Lasalgaon

    Income Tax department raids onion traders from Lasalgaon

    The raid comes amid ballooning onion prices which have touched Rs 80/kg to Rs 90/kg as incessant rainfall in Maharashtra, the top onion producing state of the country, has delayed harvest and also damaged the quality of the kharif crop. The average wholesale prices at Lasalgaon market have been ruling around Rs 45/kg.

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