March 01, 2015 / Week N° 09

Posts Tagged India

Indian potato minimum export price scrapped as domestic prices stabilize

February 23rd, 2015

The Indian government has relaxed the minimum export price (MEP) on potatoes that was initially introduced last June.

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Indian mango shippers encouraged to supply Japan via APEDA concession

February 20th, 2015

New government support will make the Japanese market much more accessible for India’s mango industry.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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Indian mangoes officially back on the menu for EU consumers

February 17th, 2015

One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.

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Rupee appreciation to “definitely” cut Indian fruit exports to Europe, says Khakhar

February 12th, 2015

An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.

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India: Momentum builds for IG International’s Czech cherry venture

February 4th, 2015

An Indian company’s investment in Czech cherry orchards is set to pay dividends in the coming years.

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Nanotechnology to open doors for Asian mango exporters

February 4th, 2015

A collaborative project funded by the International Development Research Centre has shown nanotechnology could help boost Asian mango shippers’ profits by 15%.

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U.S.: CDC monitors possible link between litchis and mysterious illness in India

February 2nd, 2015

A report says there could be a connection between litchi seeds and an unknown illness in a northern Indian region.

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India: Storing an apple a day keeps farmers’ debts at bay

January 28th, 2015

A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.

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Indian eggplant growers should follow mango industry lead, says IARI

January 23rd, 2015

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s Anand Singh discusses what’s next in overcoming EU bans on produce imports.

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Indian growers act quickly on EU mango ban withdrawal

January 22nd, 2015

India’s mango farmers are jubilant at the news they will soon be able to export their fruit to Europe again.

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U.K. reacts to EU’s lifting of Indian mango ban

January 20th, 2015

“It vindicates our opinion that the ban should never have been put in place,” says Monica Bhandari.

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Indian mango ban lifted by European Union

January 20th, 2015

European plant health experts are content with India’s assurances that mango exports to the EU will be free of quarantine pests.

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Indian mango traders hold breath for outcome of EU ban vote

January 20th, 2015

“Everything points towards the easing of restrictions,” one source told www.freshfruitportal.com.

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More centers of excellence promised across India in joint Israeli agri-tech project

January 15th, 2015

The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.

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Indian grape harvest ‘on track’ for a decent export season

January 14th, 2015

Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.

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‘Vote to scrap the ban’, British MP urges European ministers

January 14th, 2015

Keith Vaz has urged Europe’s politicians to vote in favor of the Indian produce trade during a vote to take place in a week’s time.

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Aussie produce industry hopeful for India FTA prospects

January 12th, 2015

India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.

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Europe to hold vote on Indian mango ban

January 8th, 2015

A Defra spokesperson has confirmed the European Commission will vote soon on whether to lift a ban on Indian mangoes.

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IG International aims to double Chilean cherry sales in India

January 6th, 2015

IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.

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India: Mango trees could be destroyed in favor of pears

January 6th, 2015

Financial challenges mean mango cultivation could face the chop in parts of the Punjab.

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Farmers angry after severe rain and hail batter Indian grape crops

December 16th, 2014

Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.

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NZ kiwifruit scoops greater market share in India

December 11th, 2014

Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.

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Indian grape sector strengthened by 2014 export campaign

December 9th, 2014

An increasing number of Indian table grape growers are learning how best to produce their fruit to meet high international trade standards.

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EU could lift Indian mango ban ‘early next year’, say industry reps

December 4th, 2014

Although Europe’s ban on Indian mango imports was originally set to last until the end of 2015, experts from the Asian country claim trade could start up again much sooner.

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Australia to benefit from R&D agreements with India

December 4th, 2014

Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.

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Exchange rate bears well for new Belgian apple deal in India

December 3rd, 2014

BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.

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Argentine pome fruit exporters hold ‘high expectations’ for India

November 28th, 2014

Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.

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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.

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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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