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Nilutpal Thakur


Rice, WTO and the Iran-Israel conflict

Rice, India's staple food, is always in the news – albeit for different reasons. Last June, India's ban on non-basmati white rice triggered panic and inflation fears across the world markets. At that time,...
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Food processing – Sunrise sector needs a bigger push

The food processing sector is one of the key drivers of the food and agriculture sector but it needs a bigger push, more investment and in-depth research and development (R&D) to take it to...

Food waste: 1 billion meals squandered a day in 2022, says UN

Sample this. In 2022, 783 million people were affected by hunger and a third of humanity faced food insecurity. In the same year, households across all continents wasted over 1 billion meals a day,...

Focus on food processing, fisheries, diary in interim budget

In the interim budget 2024-2025 tabled on 1 February 2024, Union minister of finance Nirmala Sitharaman laid emphasis on agriculture and food processing, fisheries, seafood exports, self-reliance in oil seeds and dairy farming. Agriculture and...

India’s grain and pulses – balancing yield and nutrition

As climate change wreaks havoc, and an uneven and inconsistent rainfall pattern puts farmers in distress, concerns over crop production and food security take center stage. Food grain production in India has risen over...

The LuLu Mall and Hypermarket in Kochi — a packager’s dreamland

Hypermarkets and supermarkets are commonplace in all modern cities. But this is one hypermarket that beats them all – at least on the face of it. The LuLu Hypermarket in Kochi. Located in a...

#BeatPlasticPollution – All words and little action

This World Environment Day on 5 June, the theme was #BeatPlasticPollution. Debates were held across forums, brands flaunted their 'sustainable alternatives', the media went overboard with special reports with some alarming statistics about plastic...

The Indian rice export ban

Visuals of people – mainly Indians – lining up in stores in the US with dozens of bags of rice went viral toward the last week of July. The trigger of the panic buying:...

International Year of Millets 2023

There’s a new, old superfood in town – millets. Once a staple for farmers in many parts of India, and the world, millets – essentially a diverse group of coarse cereals with high nutritional benefits...

Amul’s RS Sodhi to join Reliance Retail

RS Sodhi, former managing director of dairy giant Amul who had stepped down from his position early in January in a sudden turn of events that took the corporate world by storm, will join...
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