Attracted by rising salaries and overseas demand, men are making a beeline for beauty courses with the hope of making it big in the field.
Amul has evinced interest in taking a stake in Kochi-based Vanilla India Producer Company. Commerce ministry has recently cleared Rs 13-crore subsidy plan to boost ice-cream makers in co-ops and PSUs for using natural vanilla.
According to proposal, the plantations should be allowed to use their facilities for eco-tourism without changing the character of the plantation.
The production of dry vanilla beans is predicted to fall from around 200 tonnes last year to 130 tonne in the new season which begins with harvest in October. Lower crop has been attributed to heavy rains, disease and neglect by farmers frustrated by low prices.
Cardamom traders and the Spices Board are keeping their fingers crossed as e-auction in cardamom is slated to begin on August 23 at Bodinaikkanur in Tamil Nadu.
The vanilla farmers are stepping up their campaign against synthetic vanilla used in food products in the wake of an international company marketing it without labelling it as artificial flavour in India.
The natural vanilla prices are expected to go up in the current year with a 30% shortfall in crop predicted.
With a glut in the global market driving down the natural vanilla prices, the domestic vanilla growers are eagerly looking for an internal demand to absorb the production.
The new-blended coir yarn developed by the Central Coir Research Institute (CCRI) could lead to a surge in the value added exports.
Tea Board has banned plucking of tea leaves using knives from March 10 with a view to improve the quality of tea produced in several estates.
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