Kharif crop sowing acreage up by 13.92% 

 The total Kharif crops has been sown on 882.18 lakh ha area against 774.38 lakh ha area during the corresponding period of last year, as on July 31, 2020 according to the Ministry of Agriculture. This is an increase in area coverage by 13.92 per cent compared to last year in the country.  Rice accounte...Read more


American red meat demand boosts corn, soybean exports: USMEF 

The United States Meat Export Federation, (USMEF) has released an updated version of the independent study aimed at quantifying the value red meat exports provide to U.S. corn and soybean producers. Since 2015, indirect exports of corn and soybeans through beef and pork exports have been the fastest-growing categ...Read more


Agricultural sector unaffected by COVID-19: Agri Ministry

The good news from Indian agricultural sector is that the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Kharif crops has been minimal to zero. Area coverage of Kharif crops has increased by 21.20 percent from last year. As on 17 July, 2020, total kharif crops have been sown on 691.86 lakh ha against 570.86 lakh ha during the co...Read more


IIT Guwahati researchers use non-edible waste seeds to produce biofuel

A team of researchers led by Dr Kaustubha Mohanty, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati have devised a method to produce biofuel from non-edible waste seeds. In the USA and Europe surplus edible oils like soybean oil and sunflower oil are being used for the production of biodiesel in a bid ...Read more


Brazilian seed market posts 7.5% increase in revenue

According to a study published by Spark Inteligência Strategica, a leading Brazilian consultancy firm, soy producers’ investment in Brazil have boosted oilseeds output to around US$2.1 billion in 2019-20 which is a 7.5 percent increase from US$1.9 billion recorded in 2018-19. The study titled ‘B...Read more


3F Oil Palm Agrotech launches mobile app for oil palm farmers  

    3F Oil Palm Agrotech Pvt. Ltd, a leading oil palm company in India, today announced that it has launched ‘3F Akshaya’ mobile app, first-of-its-kind app in the country for oil palm farmers. This integrated mobile app, which is available on Google Play Store, will let the farmers avail co...Read more


Centre procures 3.75 lakh tonnes of pulses, oilseeds under PSS

 Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Centre has procured 1.92 lakh tonnes of gram and tur dal and 1.83 lakh tonnes of mustard seeds, totalling 3.75 lakh tonnes under the Price Support Scheme (PSS), according to the Agriculture Ministry.  The PSS is put into operation on state governments’ request when...Read more


ZeaKal introduces ‘PhotoSeed ‘technology for soybean oil and protein production  

    ZeaKal announced ground-breaking research results from multiyear field trials of its PhotoSeed technology – setting a new standard for soybean composition and productivity. “Grown on more than 120 million hectares worldwide, soybeans are an essential part of the food ingredient, vegeta...Read more


Palm oil imports records 90% fall in March: SEA report  

    Refined palmolein imports have plunged drastically following the government putting RBD Palmolein under the restricted list, according to trade body Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA). The Centre had put RBD Palmolein under the restricted list with effect from January 8, 2020. SE...Read more


Castor seed production estimated to grow by 88% in 2019-20: Agriwatch survey

According to the latest report of Agrowatch survey, Castor seed production in India is expected to grow by 88 per cent in 2019-20 over the previous year to 2.036 million tonnes. Last year, India produced 1.082 million tonnes of castor seed.  According to a field survey conducted by Agriwatch or the Indian Ag...Read more


Central Government puts restrictions on import of refined palm oil

 Considering repeated demands from solvent processors to protect the interests of domestic refiners, the Centre on Wednesday placed restrictions on the imports of refined palm oils. The Central government on Wednesday imposed restrictions on imports of refined palm oil. According to a notification of the Di...Read more


Cargill's fish oil alternative gets US cultivation approval

Aquaculture farmers will have access to a sustainable, plant-based source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids for aquafeed, now that the USDA has deregulated Cargill's proprietary canola for cultivation in the United States. Currently, aquafeed for farm-raised salmon contains fish oil to help fish reach desired...Read more