Women farmers seek to scale the mandi ‘glass ceiling’
Every time Madhuri Khadse and other women farmers go to Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis to sell their produce, the ‘gaze’ of men leaves them feeling unsafe and uncomfortable.
Hence, most avoid going to mandis, which are dominated by men, and instead sell their produce to village middleman at a lower price.
Pineapple farmers bet big on APMC reforms for access to new markets
Kerala’s pineapple farmers are pinning greater hopes on APMC reforms which would enable them to tap into new markets and gain better price realisation for the fruit.
Hitherto, pineapple farmers were supposed to sell the fruit only in APMC markets in upcountry destinations with a load of more than 500 kg. The changes in the APMC Act will bring in transparency in sales and find new takers for the product in new markets, said Baby John, President, Pineapple Growers Association Keralam.
Government clears 5,00,000 tonnes of corn imports at reduced duty to boost poultry sector
The Central Government has authorised imports of 500,000 tonnes of corn this year at a concessional 15 per cent import tax as it tries to augment supplies of the animal feed for the poultry industry.
India, the world’s seventh-biggest corn producer, normally imposes a 60 per cent import tax on the grain.