November 21, 2014 / Week N° 47

Posts Tagged India

Food and water security the focus of Israeli-Indian-Australian deal

November 7th, 2014

Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.

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India: Tamil Nadu eyes international banana market

November 4th, 2014

A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.

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Chile and India agree to reduce bilateral trade tariffs

October 23rd, 2014

The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.

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Indian phyto strengths on show in bid to lift EU mango no-go

September 17th, 2014

An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.

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India: Kashmir apple growers fear significant fruit drop

September 5th, 2014

First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.

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NZ growers take action to mitigate rain risks for cherries

September 2nd, 2014

New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.

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Indian govt loosens reins on minimum onion export prices

August 29th, 2014

New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.

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Solving India’s banana waste problem

August 25th, 2014

Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.

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India: hailstorms lacerate apple and pear trees in Kashmir

August 19th, 2014

Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.

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Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.

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Russia: forget about summer blueberries or affordable pears

August 11th, 2014

Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.

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U.S. cranberry industry hopes to ignite Indian demand with govt grant

August 7th, 2014

India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.

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Inside the world’s first seedless mango

August 4th, 2014

We speak with the man behind India’s renowned “practically seedless” Sindhu mango.

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India: Bollywood star officially becomes Maharashtra fruit ambassador

July 28th, 2014

One of the most recognizable faces in Indian cinema is now officially a representative of the country’s leading fruit-growing state.

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Opinion: fast-growing Indian horticulture adds value, alleviates poverty

July 25th, 2014

An Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) expert looks at the important role of horticulture in development.

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U.K. govt sends US$31M message for ag innovation, but pledges ‘buy local’

July 23rd, 2014

Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.

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Indian breeders develop seedless mango

July 23rd, 2014

Seedless grapes are now commonplace, but what about a seedless mango? Indian researchers think it could be the next big thing.

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Israeli-Indian horticultural partnership expands with two new centers in Bihar

July 17th, 2014

We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.

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Butterflies go bananas in India

July 8th, 2014

Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.

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India puts up onion export limitations again

July 3rd, 2014

The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.

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India: Himachal Pradesh simplifies apple rejuvenation project guidelines

July 1st, 2014

Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.

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India raises minimum price for potato exports

June 30th, 2014

After a decision to limit export prices on onions, India has now applied a similar measure to potatoes.

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Pipfruit NZ diplomatic on Indian apple ban threat

June 23rd, 2014

Pipfruit NZ has said it believes it can work with India to resolve any trade issues.

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India-Afghanistan MoU brings horticultural trade possibilities

June 20th, 2014

Fresh and dried fruit companies were part of a recent Afghan delegation to visit New Delhi for trade promotion.

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India: child deaths not connected to litchis, says NCDC

June 18th, 2014

Some Indian districts have banned litchi sales, but scientists and growers say there is no link between the fruit and an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

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Modi calls for more organic India

June 12th, 2014

India’s PM hopes other parts of the country can emulate Sikkim, which is on track to becoming a fully organic state.

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India: Himachal Pradesh apple growers feel “air of change” with Modi

June 12th, 2014

A state government source says many orchardists think India’s new Prime Minister will ban apple imports.

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Calcium carbide puts stain on domestic Indian mango market

June 10th, 2014

The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.

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India: Bollywood star may become face of Maharashtra horticulture

June 6th, 2014

After acting in more than 180 films, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will likely take to the stage of Maharashtra’s fruit and vegetable industry.

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INI Farms aims to change perceptions of Indian bananas

June 3rd, 2014

With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.

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U.S. apple group pushes to establish new varieties in India

May 28th, 2014

The Washington Apple Commission has revealed its long-term plan to boost sales in India.

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U.K.: Indian mango round table talks hailed a success

May 26th, 2014

The U.K. Government has pledged closer collaboration with India to negotiate re-opening mango import access in the future.

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EU to audit Indian mango operations in September

May 23rd, 2014

Leicester MP Keith Vaz says nothing can be done to reverse the EU’s ban on Indian mangoes over the summer.

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Indian study adds value to jackfruit through processing

May 22nd, 2014

From papadums to sweets to juices, Indian researchers are aiming to improve the way jackfruits are utilized.

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India set for bountiful litchi harvest

May 21st, 2014

The last time India had a bumper litchi crop, growers were able to export the excess to Europe and the Middle East.

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U.S.: demand to drive greater Indian mango imports

May 19th, 2014

If projections come to fruition, U.S. importers can expect a lot more Indian mangoes this season.

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EU denies changes to Indian mango ban timeline

May 16th, 2014

An EU spokesperson has contradicted an Indian press report that the controversial mango ban has been lifted.

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U.K. mango importer urges ‘no more knee-jerk reactions’ to pest threats

May 15th, 2014

Ripe Now’s Lewey Hook is focusing more efforts on West African mangoes now that India-sourced trials have had to be put on hold.

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India: Punjab Government plans kinnow mandarin marketing campaign

May 13th, 2014

The government of India’s largest kinnow mandarin-growing state hopes to incentivize producers by promoting the fruit’s health benefits to the public.

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U.K. Parliament puts Indian mango ban in the spotlight

May 8th, 2014

Several U.K. MPs told Parliament the ban on Indian mangoes was “EU bureaucracy going too far”, but a DEFRA rep cited “major shortcomings” in the South Asian country’s export system.

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U.K.: Cameron to discuss mango ban with next Indian PM

May 7th, 2014

David Cameron “looks forward” to discussing the ban on Indian mangoes with the country’s next prime minister.

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U.K.: Vaz confirms Indian mango debate for Parliament

May 7th, 2014

The Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons has granted parliamentary debate on the EU mango ban for this Thursday.

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Indian mango region looks to Bangladesh for market opportunities

May 7th, 2014

With Europe cut off, Indian mango farmers are having to look to new markets to balance their sales portfolios.

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India threatens WTO action against EU over mango import ban

May 6th, 2014

Indian politicians have criticized the EU while lambasting their own authorities over a ban on mangoes.

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Pakistan’s mango exports in hot water

May 5th, 2014

Babar Durrani discusses steps for Pakistan to avoid the fate of India, which has lost access to the EU mango market.

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All eyes on Indian retail

May 5th, 2014

Retail experts give the lowdown on underlying cultural and economic factors behind India’s supermarket boom.

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Campaigner for Indian mangoes heads to U.K. Parliament

April 29th, 2014

Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.

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Indian mango ban is “Euro-nonsense”, says British politician

April 29th, 2014

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz is determined to “save the mango in Britain”.

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India: govt cold storage scheme to boost Maharashtra produce industry

April 21st, 2014

The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.

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U.S.: Washington Apples sits out of Indian cricket campaign

April 16th, 2014

Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.

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Supply shortage to drive up Indian mango prices

April 16th, 2014

India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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From Israel to India: Barhi dates in for bumper crop

April 1st, 2014

It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.

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EU bans Indian mangoes, eggplant

March 26th, 2014

EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.

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India’s Tata Group partners with Rallis for branded grapes

March 26th, 2014

India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.

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Tesco announces joint venture with Tata in India

March 24th, 2014

Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.

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India tightens rules to dodge EU produce export ban

March 18th, 2014

All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.

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“There’s a lot of room for growth” in blueberries, says USHBC

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.

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Indian govt scraps onion export restrictions

March 6th, 2014

In the face of a bumper crop and falling domestic prices, India has removed price limits on onion exports.

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India: Mahindra to raise the bar with fruit brand Saboro

March 3rd, 2014

US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.

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Cornerstone in place for India’s biggest perishables market

February 25th, 2014

Modelled after Rungis in France, the US$242 million Gaunnar perishables market is on its way in India.

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Indian grape exports running late

February 20th, 2014

An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.

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Indian mango exporter eyes European, North American markets

February 13th, 2014

New direct trade routes out of India could help Delicious Mangoes expand its focus on Europe.


Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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Indian shipper plans serious pomegranate ramp-up

February 11th, 2014

Marketing under the Kimaye brand, a dramatic rise in pomegranate production is in store for India’s INI Farms.

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Fruits, rice drive Indian ag export growth

February 10th, 2014

Growth in Indian agricultural exports was driven by products such as Basmati rice and mango pulp.

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Indian govt mulls Bangalore airport cold storage facility

February 4th, 2014

New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.

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India’s foreign investment policy may attract modern retail

January 27th, 2014

Amendments to India’s foreign direct investment could mean a boost to the modest modern retail sector.

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California walnuts ride marketing momentum in India

January 20th, 2014

California walnut exporters aim to ride a wave in India that has seen their compatriots’ almonds and pistachios soar in popularity.

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India: Syngenta aims for horticultural project rollout

January 13th, 2014

Syngenta Asia’s Prashant Belgamwar discusses seedless watermelon and grape projects in India.

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Tesco’s Indian retail tilt to deepen ties with Tata

December 20th, 2013

Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.

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U.K.: Tesco makes Indian retail pitch

December 19th, 2013

Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.

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Tough rules continue impeding Indian mango exports to Japan

December 12th, 2013

Indian authorities expect a decline in the country’s mango shipments this year in the face of difficult protocol measures in destination markets.

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India: Delhi High Court orders pesticide reassessment

November 12th, 2013

In a no-trust vote, the Delhi High Court has ordered the government to reassess produce pesticide levels.

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Indian companies form fruit export venture

November 6th, 2013

India’s IG International and Atharva International have formed a joint venture to export fruits and vegetables abroad.

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Reverse trade mission yields fruit for eastern U.S. apple industry

November 6th, 2013

The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.

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Indian car company shifts gears into banana business

October 30th, 2013

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.


Chile looks to new fruit markets, better access

October 9th, 2013

Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.

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Horticulture Australia signs deal with Indian govt

October 4th, 2013

A new partnership will help Australian and Indian researchers work together to tackle common horticultural challenges.

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GM bananas: from nutrition to disease resistance

August 23rd, 2013

Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.

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Indian organic growers prepare for European market

August 21st, 2013

Growers in India’s Karnataka state hope to send organic produce to European consumers.

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India: apple demand puts pressure on local supply

August 20th, 2013

India is expected to have an average apple crop, contrasted by growing imports and local demand.

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NZ offers India support to sweeten apple tariff cut talks

August 14th, 2013

Pipfruit NZ will take a delegation of growers to India later this month to work on an industry cooperation agreement.

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Australian authorities intercept citrus pest in curry leaves

August 13th, 2013

Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.

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India: U.S. apples struggle against a cheaper offer from Iran

July 25th, 2013

Depreciation of the rupee and a cheap supply from Iran have made U.S. apples less appealing on the Indian market.

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Indian state promotes urban farming

July 22nd, 2013

India’s Assam state is pushing rooftop farming to provide fresh vegetables in urban zones.

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U.S. walnuts accepted for import in India

July 17th, 2013

India will now accept walnuts from the United States that first undergo methyl bromide fumigation.

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India implements expansive food subsidy plan

July 5th, 2013

India’s new food security bill could provide relief to the poor, but can the nation’s infrastructure handle it?

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India-Iran fruit trade blossoms despite barriers

June 18th, 2013

U.S.-led sanctions have not prevented a fruitful trade relationship between Iran and India.

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India: panel suggests tougher import controls for pesticides

May 31st, 2013

An Indian government panel is seeking to reel in usage of restricted pesticides on imported fruits.

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Indian state experiences fruit boom despite difficulties

May 24th, 2013

India’s Uttar Pradesh state is considered the next fruit hub, but infrastructure may create problems.

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U.S. think tank: Indian policy hurting ag trade and innovation

May 20th, 2013

A U.S.-based think tank has criticized Indian trade policies that may jeopardize the agricultural supply chain.

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Indian mango exporter finds market in Germany

May 15th, 2013

Germany has provided a welcome testing ground for mangoes from India’s Rapid Import and Exporters.


India could send record mango volume to U.S.

May 14th, 2013

If production during the monsoon season goes well, India’s mango shipments to the U.S. could jump significantly.

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More Indians go online to check off grocery list

April 12th, 2013

More Indian shoppers are connecting to the internet to fill their kitchen cabinets.

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U.S.: Washington apples hit for six in India

April 10th, 2013

The Washington State Apple Commission hopes to bowl the competition over by supporting cricket.

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Asia-Pacific agriculture drives global demand for ammonia

March 11th, 2013

Growing populations in China and India are driving food security pressures and demand for ammonia-based fertilizers.

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Port strikes and congestion cause delays for Indian produce imports

February 22nd, 2013

Port strikes and general congestion have made headaches for Indian fruit importers.

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India: IG International to double cold storage capacity

February 14th, 2013

India’s leading fruit distributor has slated a US$25 million investment plan in cold storage facilities over two years.

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