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Cumin seeds exports: Sailing with the tide

India has emerged the largest exporter of cumin seeds globally in the past few years, accounting for 75% of world exports. Boosting exports further would require capping of domestic prices and educati...

Black pepper export: Reviving a lost legacy
Black pepper export: Reviving a lost legacy

Indian black pepper is undergoing a vicious cycle of declining production and cheap imports. This necessitates urgent measures to stem the drop in production and instill confidence in the farming comm...

Asafoetida finally acquires Indian roots

Asafoetida or heeng has been a staple of Indian kitchens as well as Ayurvedic medicine. But unknown to many, it has never been a part of India's rich agricultural bouquet. Recent efforts to finally gr...

Rice Export
A silver lining for Indian rice exports?

Rice exporters of India are expecting a windfall as Thailand and Vietnam suffer from droughts and crop losses respectively. However, the loss of access to the Iranian market for Basmati rice along wit...

N 95 Masks
Potential export windfall for N-95 mask makers

A number of businesses had pivoted to the manufacturing of PPE kits during the lockdown period. Now, the lifting of export restrictions on N-95 masks could raise exports by Rs 1,000 crore annually, ac...

Cotton trade: Spring season for the summer fabric?

As COVID-19 struck, millers have significantly cut on their demand for raw cotton as consumer interest in apparel fell sharply. But tthe global shift to less-polluting industries might help cotton ta...

Natural Honey
Natural honey: At the tip of the beehive

India should accelerate efforts to boost its honey production, given the huge untapped potential as well as prospects of a surge in demand post the COVID-19 pandemic....

Steel Manufacturing
Need to revisit steel for industrial growth

Indian steel companies need to improve their product and supply to the sophisticated consumers, such as manufacturers of original auto machinery (OEM). ...

Why India needs to rejuvenate its coffee economy

The Indian coffee industry needs to undertake extensive investments in mechanisation and productivity enhancement, while retaining the core attributes that define the Indian coffee brand....

Indian handloom industry: Misery spells ‘Opportunity’!

Handloom sector has suffered due to curbs on tourism, disrupted supply chains, weak buyer sentiment, cancelled exhibitions, etc. But India has an opportunity to build a strong brand in the sector by e...

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