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GRANITE E-Newsletter January 2008
Continuing Success of Precision Farming in Tamil Nadu
New innovations and technologies for increasing
crop yield have mostly been the fort of agricultural scientists and
researchers. Precision Farming Technology is one such innovation
that has been introduced for the first time in the country by
scientists from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU),
Coimbatore. Precision farming promises to increase the yield of
crops, and practically any crop variety can be cultivated under this
(The Hindu, January 31, 2008)
Meet Tech-Savvy Indian Farmers!
Intellicon does wonders for farmers in Rajasthan.
Technology is moving ahead and so have the farmers in Rajasthan, all
credit to the two-way Aethra video conferencing system. Aethra is
represented in India by Intellicon, a telecommunication and data
capture solutions company. The video conferencing system has
recently been installed by the Rajasthan government in Krishi Vidya
Kendras (KVKs) in 10 districts. The system connects 11 locations
spread across Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology
in Rajasthan. The farmers are now using video conferencing to
procure good quality seeds, fertilisers and for others inputs.
January 28, 2008)
Global Conference on Crop Protection Begins
First International Conference on Agrochemicals
Protecting Crop, Health and Natural Environment was inaugurated in
New Delhi. Inaugurating the three-day conference India’s Minister of
State for Agriculture Kanti Lal Bhuria said, for attaining
sustainable agriculture, crops must be protected from the onslaught
of various pests and diseases. For achieving this target, he said,
economically viable pest management strategies need to be put in
place so as to meet present and future requirement of food.
January 08, 2008)
Tough Phase Continues for Textile Units
Following the negative trends in the domestic textile industry, the
Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has sought relief from the
Central Government for both exporting and domestic units. The
association argued that many mills could become unsustainable due to
high cotton prices, unless a one-year moratorium to repay loans
would be granted. Further suggestions included a mechanism to ensure
advantages for the domestic industry with regards to home-grown
cotton as well as a reduced import duty on cotton.
January 15, 2008)
Weaker US Demand Hits Indian Textile Industry
With the cost of Indian textile and garments on
the rise, US customers are shifting their orders to countries with
weaker currencies such as Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Around
55 million jobs in India depend on the industry, an estimated
500,000 jobs have been cut during the last year since the rupee rose
13-15 percent. Ajay Sahai, director-general of the Federation of
Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) stated that textile exports have
dropped about 8 percent so far this fiscal year instead of the
projected target of 18 percent growth.
(Financial Times, January 31, 2008)
Tamil Nadu: Textile Industry Facing Acute Shortage of Skilled Labour
The Kancheepuram silk weaving looms are
witnessing an acute shortage of skilled labour as weavers
increasingly abandon their ancestral occupation for more
sophisticated jobs. The once thriving business in the state is
facing a haunting problem. The local weavers point out that the
occupation does not offer sufficient income any more as wages
offered do not match the work they do. However, mills owners find it
hard to increase the wages due to the appreciation of the rupee.
January 15, 2008)
India Consolidates Textile Exports to New Markets
According to official data, exports of Indian
textiles, including readymade garments, have consolidated their
presence in the tough markets of Europe in the past two years.
Considerable rises in market shares could be achieved in Belgium,
Sweden, the Netherlands and Portugal. In the product basket,
apparels and clothing accessories continued to be on the top rung of
the ladder with export earnings worth US$6.4bn, representing an
increase of 8 percent.
January 23, 2008)
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