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FOREIGN companies are rushing to pour money into our sugar industry to secure a substantial slice of its sweet profits. Investments from Chinese food group COFCO and Singapore company Wilmar, which last year bought Sucrogen, have thrown the struggling industry a lifeline; however cane growers are concerned about the potential loss of grower ownership and [...]

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The fear of Chinese apples being sold in India, bringing down the prices of Himachal apples, has subsided — for the time being. “Indian apples are fetching good prices, while Chinese apples are incurring losses,” said a Himachal Pradesh apple trader. With the output of Himachal apples expected to be far less than last year, [...]

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Post image for Rain slows, but no major impact on sowing of crops

A slight slowdown in monsoon rains over most of India during the week ended August 24, after intense rainfall the previous week, did not have any significant impact on the sowing of kharif crops, which is nearing its end. Sowing of paddy (de-husked rice), which had gathered pace because of good rain, continued during the [...]

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Post image for Water-borne diseases cause huge losses to some ASEAN countries — UNEP

STOCKHOLM – An estimated US$ 9 billion a year, or 2 percent of the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam went to drain due to problems on poor sanitation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in its Green Economy report released recently at the World Water Week forum being [...]

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