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									                                                                                   KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                                 Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                                  Period: 1st
                                                                                 December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                        Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                           Implication                    Reporting
No   Category   S.No            Source                    News Headline                                                  Details                                                         Reported by
                                                                                                                                                                            and News                        Date
                                                                                                                                                                              Rating
                                                                         Apples procured under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) of HPMC, a public
                                                                         sector undertaking engaged in marketing and processing of fruits, have rotted in its
                                                                         depots this year. Approximately 5602.38 metric tonnes of apples - nearly 90,000 bags -
                                                                         have been damaged.The Government has finally admitted to the heavy loss, expected
                                                                                                                                                                            **
                                                                                                                                                                    Implication on the
                                                                         to run into crores of rupees. Bad weather leading to disruption in road communication
                                                                                                                                                                    prices of APPLES
                                                                         for many days in several parts of the apple belt of the state has been stated to be the
                                                     Apples worth crores                                                                                             may be analysed     Rajbir Singh /
                 1         indianexpress.com                             main cause for the damage. The unexpectedly long duration of the monsoon and                and accordingly                       1-Dec-08
                                                     rot in HPMC depots incessant rains during July also affected the size of the fruit in high-altitude orchards.                       Rajesh Varma
                                                                                                                                                                         Khet-Se
                                                                         These were the biggest lot which perished in the HPMC godowns.When the small-                 procurement
                                                                         sized produce from high altitude flooded the market in September and October, there         strategy can be
                                                                         were reports that the dealers had refused to buy it. The orchardists sold the stock to the      finetuned
                                                                         government under Market Intervention Scheme for Rs. 5.75 per kilogram, and saved
                                                                         further losses in transportation and packing

                                                                         My Himachal and Centre for Sustainable Development (CENSUD) organised an Agri-
                                                                         business Orientation Programme at Palahota Panchayat of Sundernagar with an
                                                        Agri Business    objective of educating farmers about modern practices of agriculture.Dr. Amar Singh
                                                     orientation program Verma, Subject Matter Specialist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sundernagar while speaking                              Rajbir Singh /
                 2            himachal.us
                                                     by My Himachal and on this occasion told farmers to adopt new techniques like vermicompost which not                        **       Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                          10-Dec-08

                                                           CENSUD        only maintains moisture in the soil but also maintains the right balance of nutrients in
                                                                         th soil. He said we need to diversify into cash crops such as vegetables, mushrooms
                                                                         and floriculture which can substantially increase the income of farmers
                                                                                 Here is some good news to boost your physical as well as your financial health. For the
                                                                                 past one week, there has been a 30% to 40%, and in some cases over 50% drop, in                         Rajbir Singh /
                                                       Drop in vegetable
                 3     timesofindia.indiatimes.com
                                                             prices
                                                                                 vegetable prices in the city markets. The humble brinjal which was out of reach just            **      Vishal Abrol /   16-Dec-08
                                                                                 last month has now become somewhat affordable. The vegetable which was selling at                       Rajesh Varma
                                                                                 Rs 48/kg in the end of November has now come down to Rs 30/kg.
                                                                         In all, six species of mealy bugs are causing loss to different fruit plants namely citrus,
                                                                         guava, grapes, pomegranate, chiku, jamun and aonla in Punjab. Giving details, fruit
                                                                         entomologist Dr DR Sharma said that the nymphs and adult females of these mealy
                                                       Expert’s tips on  bugs sucked cell sap from different parts of the plant like leaves, twigs, tender shoots,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Rajbir Singh /
                 4         expressindia.com          managing mealy bugs branches and fruits thereby reducing the vigour of plant as well as the drying up the                   **       Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                          16-Dec-08
                                                        in fruit plants  tender shoots. Heavy infestation encourages the growth of sooty mould due to which
                                                                         the leaves, shots and fruits become black in colour, said Dr Sharma. adding that all
                                                                         mealy bugs hibernate on the twigs and branches of trees during winter. It is important
                                                                         to identify the different mealy bug species on different plants, he advised
                                                                           India must focus more on its agricultural sector in order to sustain long-term economic
                                                                           growth, a leading industrialist has said. Bharti Group boss Sunil Bharti Mittal called
                                                      India urged to focus for "serious intervention". He said the government, private sector and foreign investors                      Rajbir Singh /
                 5      tastecaliforniatravel.com
                                                           on farming      all needed to play their part if they wanted to see India's economy grow at the same                  **       Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                           9-Dec-08
                                                                           rate. "Without agriculture, India cannot move forward," said Mr Mittal in an exclusive
                                                                           interview with the BBC
                                                         Haryana agri      The Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board has decided to set up an export-
                                                                           oriented 'Terminal Market' for trading in fruit, vegetables, fish, meat products and                          Manish Gupta /
                                                        marketing board
                 6             tmcnet.com                                  poultry near Ganaur, a sub-divisional town in Sonepat district. A spokesman of the
                                                     plans export-oriented Board told media persons here today that the Board will acquire 600 acres of land for it              **      Rajbir Singh /   17-Dec-08
                                                                                                                                                                                          Vishal Abrol
                                                             market        and its cost is likely to go up to Rs 1,000 crore.
                                                                           To promote demand-driven approach for horticulture/agriculture products and enhance
                                                          Hi-tech poly     farmers‟ income, the Department of Horticulture will facilitate establishment of hi-tech
                                                                                                                                                                                         Rajbir Singh /
                 7           thehindu.com            greenhouses to come poly greenhouses for the first time in Tirupur block this fiscal. The structures will                   **       Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                          12-Dec-08
                                                         up in Tirupur     enable the farmers to adopt „protected cultivation‟ practices for production of various
                                                                           cash crops
                                                                                      KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                                    Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                                     Period: 1st
                                                                                    December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                          Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                                Implication                     Reporting
No   Category   S.No              Source                     News Headline                                                  Details                                                           Reported by
                                                                                                                                                                                 and News                         Date
                                                                                                                                                                                   Rating
                                                                                   India must focus more on its agricultural sector in order to sustain long-term economic
                                                                                   growth, a leading industrialist has said. Bharti Group boss Sunil Bharti Mittal called
                                                         India urged to focus      for "serious intervention". He said the government, private sector and foreign investors
                 8
                         tastecaliforniatravel.com            on farming           all needed to play their part if they wanted to see India's economy grow at the same             **         Manish Gupta     10-Dec-08
                                                                                   rate. "Without agriculture, India cannot move forward," said Mr Mittal in an exclusive
                                                                                   interview with the BBC.
                                                           Indian farmers to       The growing markets for organic products in the US and Europe hold good prospects
                                                            reap benefits of       for Indian farmers and exporters. The global organic market reached a size of $40
                                                                                                                                                                                              Rajbir Singh /
                 9          financialexpress.com            growing global         billion in 2007 and is growing by about $5 billion a year. It has the potential to rise to       **         Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                10-Dec-08
                                                           organic products        600 billion euro. The US emerged as the largest consumer of organic products in 2007
                                                                                   at $21.2 billion, including $20 billion alone for organic food and drinks
                                                                market
                                                                           After pomegranate, kiwi is taking roots in the higher reaches of Kullu valley, marking a
                                                                           significant change in the state‟s economy. Successful cultivation of kiwi, along with
                                                        Kiwi gets good     new varieties of pomegranate by Kullu‟s progressive farmers, has encouraged the
                                                                                                                                                                                              Rajbir Singh /
                 10         indianexpress.com       returns for farmers in scientists already propagating a shift from apple cultivation.Reports say at least 200                   **        Rajesh Varma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3-Dec-08
                                                        higher reaches     fruit growers in Kullu district have taken up the cultivation of kiwi on commercial
                                                                           scale. The results have stunned the fruit-growers in adjacent districts of Mandi and
                                                                           Shimla, dominated by apple cultivation
                                                                           Co operative major National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (Nafed)
                                                                           has raised the minimum export price (MEP) of onion by $25 a tonne to an average of
                                                      Nafed raises onion $305-310 for December — a move aimed at containing the domestic prices and
                 11    economictimes.indiatimes.com export price to raise increasing the availability of the commodity.“We have raised the MEP by $25 in sync                       **          Mohit Maini      2-Dec-08
                                                          local supply     with the domestic scenario. We are keeping a close vigil and if needed, we may review
                                                                           the MEP in mid-December,” a senior official associated with Nafed said. Nafed had
                                                                           earlier raised MEP by $50 a tonne in mid-November to contain the price rise.
                                                                           There is more to it than meets the eye when housewives heave a sigh of relief at the
                                                                           crashing tomato prices in this southern metro. There has been an extraordinary over-
                                                                           supply of tomatoes, virtually flooding the Koyembedu wholesale market complex on
                                                                           the city's western periphery in the last two weeks and that too from an unlikely and far-                          Rajesh Varma /
                                                      Nasik tomatoes for away production centre, namely Nashik in Maharasthra that is nearly 1300 kms away
                                                                                                                                                                                               Rajbir Singh /
                 12        hindustantimes.com           Pakistan flood     from in Chennai.The ten-wheeled 'Taurus' trucks that used to be a rarity at the market                   ***       Manish Gupta /
                                                                                                                                                                                                                17-Dec-08
                                                            Chennai        complex for perishables, has now been rolling in by the dozens, each carrying 20                                     Vishal Abrol
                                                                           tonnes of tomatoes on an average. This has led to wholesale price of tomatoes
                                                                           plummeting from Rs 250 per 15 kg box in mid-November, to Rs 90 on Sunday. At the
                                                                           retail level, the fall is even more telling, from Rs.40 a kg to Rs 10, bringing unexpected
                                                                           cheers to housewives
                                                                           The onion prices that are currently running 60 percent higher than expected prices
                                                                           during this time of winter are going to calm down by this month as imports of onions
                                                     Onions bring more have picked up, after the crop failure in many states of India, traders said Monday.“The                               Manish Gupta /
                 13          risingkashmir.com                             onion crops were hit by torrential rains in several states, affecting the total production
                                                      tears as prices soar while drying up the supplies,” said Abdul Rehman Gujri, wholesale distributor at                         **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4-Dec-08

                                                                           Parimpora. He said the situation has become normal and the retail market may soon
                                                                           reflect it.
                                                                           Unlike many of his less-fortunate peers, Vidarbha farmer Girish Deshmukh is a happy
                                                       Organic farming     man these days. Less than two years ago, he couldn‟t have imagined in his wildest
                                                                                                                                                                                              Manish Gupta /
                                                                           dreams that the cotton he grew would satisfy Europe‟s fad followers‟ need for „organic
                 14    economictimes.indiatimes.com comes to the rescue of
                                                                           only‟ products. Yet, two years later, his dream has come true and made him laugh all                     **        Rajbir Singh /    17-Nov-08
                                                       Vidarbha farmers the way to the bank, courtesy of a trendsetting public-private partnership model                                       Vishal Abrol
                                                                           between the country‟s largest apparel-maker and its biggest bank.
                                                                                     KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                                   Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                                    Period: 1st
                                                                                   December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                          Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                               Implication                     Reporting
No       Category        S.No         Source                News Headline                                                  Details                                                           Reported by
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                                                                                  Agriculture Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar, today called upon farmers to exploit the vast
                                                        Pawar asks farmers        potential for export of potatoes by adopting available technology and maintaining high
                                                                                                                                                                                              Rajbir Singh /
                                                                                  quality. The Minister argued that while India is the third largest potato producer in the
                          15          pib.nic.in         to exploit potato
                                                                                  world, its contribution to global potato trade is a mere 0.5 percent. India has the              **        Rajesh Varma /    11-Dec-08
                                                          export potential                                                                                                                     Vishal Abrol
                                                                                  required production technologies and the produce is free from major diseases, which
                                                                                  provide significant opportunity for export of potato products
                                                                                  Potato growers, who were happy last year because of bumper production and even
                                                        Potato farmers find it    preferred to store their produce in cold storage to sell later, are disappointed now
                                                                                  because prices have declined and they are finding it difficult to sell their produce.“Last                 Manish Gupta /
                          16    business-standard.com   tough to sell old crop    year it was a bumper crop in the country and instead of selling, farmers kept their              **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3-Dec-08
                                                            as price falls        produce in cold storage, but now they are not able to get the price offered last year,”
                                                                                  Jaswinder Singh Sangha, Secretary of the Jalandhar Potato Growers Association said
     Sourcing , Prices                                                            A farmer, Neel Kamal Thakur, presented a box of Kiwi to Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal,
A.    & General F&V                                                               which was a produce of his 8,500 feet high altitude orchard at Patan village in Banjar
          News                                                                    sub-division of district Kullu. This is an example of successfully cultivating trans-
                                                        Progressive farmers       climatic hybrid fruits in adverse climatic conditions.Kiwi is a tropical fruit but Thakur
                                                        emerging Himachal         produced it in a subtropical climate which is suitable to produce fruits like apple. CM                    Rajbir Singh /
                          17         himachal.us
                                                            as leader in          appreciated the effort and said that such progressive farmers are making great                   **        Rajesh Varma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3-Dec-08

                                                         horticulture sector      contribution to emerge Himachal Pradesh as the leader in the horticulture sector.
                                                                                  Dhumal also mentioned about two progressive farmers from Ghumarwin (temperate
                                                                                  zone) and Kotkhai (subtropical zone) who produced apple and mango respectively,
                                                                                  with no difference in the taste and color of the fruits.
                                                                                  A group of 10 farmers from Sikkim visited Thailand recently to learn latest farming
                                                        Sikkim's farmers get techniques which would enable them to enhance their farm produces in future.The
                                                                                                                                                                                             Rajbir Singh /
                          18        ptinews.com          farming training in select group of farmers was introduced with the latest technology in floriculture and                 **         Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                               10-Dec-08
                                                              Thailand       vegetable germination, the state Information and Public Relations department (IPR)
                                                                                  said in a release
                                                                                  Mahabaleshwar grows more than 80% of the country‟s total produce of the berry and
                                                                                  this year 15,000 tonnes of the berry is expected to be harvested in the November-
                                                        Strawberry growers        March season. After making Maharashtra‟s twin hill towns of Panchgani and
                          19        livemint.com
                                                         move to blueberries      Mahabaleshwar the strawberry capital of the country, farmers in this region are now              **        Rajesh Varma      17-Dec-08
                                                                                  attempting to grow blueberries, which have gained huge popularity in the West for
                                                                                  immunity-boosting properties
                                                                                  The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is developing a Genetically Modified
                                                         TNAU developing          Papaya that would resist "ring spot virus" responsible for destroying Papaya cultivation
                                                                                                                                                                                             Manish Gupta /
                          20          hindu.com         genetically modified      in thousands of acres in the country. "Tissue culturing work had been completed and              **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                               11-Dec-08
                                                               papaya             the gene had been identified. We have to cross some steps before fully developing the
                                                                                  GM papaya", TNAU Vice Chancellor Dr.C.Ramasamy said.
                                                                             Agriculture Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary Dr. S. Challappa and
                                                                             Andhra Pradesh Horticulture University Vice-chancellor Dr S.D. Shikamany on
                                                                                                                                                                                             Rajesh Varma /
                                                        Farmers told to take Wednesday called upon the farmers to take up cultivation of guava as it was viable
                          21        thehindu.com
                                                        up guava cultivation more commercially. Addressing a gathering of farmers at the Fruit Research Station                    **         Rajbir Singh /   19-Dec-08
                                                                                                                                                                                               Vishal Abrol
                                                                             (FRS) on the occasion of „Guava Day‟ they said that guava can be cultivated without
                                                                             much risk and the returns are assured
                                                                             Diabetics no longer need to worry about rise in their sugar levels after enjoying a
                                                                             banana feast. Scientists at the Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and
                                                          New banana for     Technology (CSAUAT), Kanpur claimed to have developed a new variety of banana
                          22       freshplaza.com
                                                             diabetics
                                                                             with less sugar content for diabetics. "In the new variety, we have successfully                      ***       Rajesh Varma      19-Dec-08
                                                                             controlled the conversion process of starch into glucose, which is a natural
                                                                             phenomenon in fruits containing starch (carbohydrate)," senior agro-scientist at
                                                                             CSAUAT G.S. Gaur told IANS by telephone
                                                                             KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                          Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                           Period: 1st
                                                                          December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                         Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                     Implication                    Reporting
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                                                                     Even though the winter onion, also known as the red onion, arrived late, it was
                                                Though late, winter  welcomed at Lasalgaon and Pimpalgaon Baswant wholesale markets. The Pimpalgaon
                                                                     Baswant Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee‟s wholesale onion market saw an                               Rajesh Varma /
                 23       dnaindia.com           onions bring good
                                                                     arrival of over 30,000 quintals. As of now, the red onion is fetching the farmers an                **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                    19-Dec-08
                                                  news for farmers   average of Rs1,000 per quintal. The arrival in the markets ensures supply in plenty in
                                                                     the retail markets as well as exports.
                                                                     With the onset of winter the demand for Hokshuns or, the dry vegetables has picked up
                                                                     in the Kashmir valley. "Hokshuns" are actually indigenously dried and preserved
                                                                                                                                                                                   Rajbir Singh /
                                               Kashmiris savour dry vegetables for daily diet consumed by general Kashmiri families during winters. They
                 24       dailyindia.com
                                               vegetables in winters include brinjals, gourds, turnips, spinach and even tomatoes produced locally during                **        Manish Gupta /   19-Dec-08
                                                                                                                                                                                    Vishal Abrol
                                                                     summers. In Kashmir, it is a common sight during summer to see vegetables hanging
                                                                     on house-walls for drying for winters.
                                                                     Indian production of fresh fruit is expected to rise 6 per cent this financial year,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Rajbir Singh /
                                                   Indian fruit      according to a recent USDA report A USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report has
                 25      freshplaza.com
                                                production on rise predicted India‟s production of fresh fruit will rise 6 per cent in 2008/09 (July-June) to            **        Manish Gupta /   26-Dec-08
                                                                                                                                                                                    Vishal Abrol
                                                                     66.63m tonnes, and says production has risen 51 per cent since 1995/96
                                                                          Industrial Capacity for processing of fruits and vegetables in India had reached 26.80
                                                                          lakh tones in the beginning of year 2008. The categorization of industrial units under
                                                Industrial capacity       Fruit Products Order, 1955 is based on annual production limit. The number of
                                                                          licensed units, according to annual production limit, is given below. (The                               Manish Gupta /
                 26          pib.nic.in        for processing fruits      categorization as micro, small, medium and macro industrial units is not given in Fruits        *         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                    24-Dec-08
                                                  and vegetables          Products Order, 1955). This information was given by Shri Subodh Kant Sahai,
                                                                          Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, in the Rajya Sabha today in a written
                                                                          reply to a question by Shri Ram Jethmalani and Shri Raj Mohinder Singh Majitha.
                                                                          The subsidy-based National Crop Insurance scheme will be implemented to benefit
                                                   National crop          banana-growers in eleven firkas in Pudukottai district. A target of 155 hectares of the
                                                                          crop has been fixed for the programme, the District Collector Reeta Harish Thakkar                       Manish Gupta /
                 27       thehindu.com         insurance scheme’ for
                                                                          said. Presiding over the Farmers‟ Grievances Day meeting here on Friday, the                   **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                    24-Dec-08
                                                      banana              Collector said that a subsidy would be available in the premium for all farmers
                                                                          including big farmers
                                                                          The government has raised the minimum export price of onion by USD 50 a tonne to
                                                Onion export price        an average of USD 380-385 for January to check domestic prices and boost supply of
                 28    finance.indiainfo.com    raised by USD 50 a        the commodity, especially in southern markets. "We have raised the MEP by 50 dollars           **          Mohit Maini    31-Dec-08
                                                       tonne              keeping in mind domestic prices, which have witnessed an upward trend," a senior
                                                                          official with the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (Nafed) said

                                                                     The Government of Himachal Pradesh has got sanctioned a rupees 155 crore
                                                                     agriculture project, for production of cash crops by adopting latest precision farming
                                               Poly house project to practices by constructing around 30,000 „poly houses‟ throughout the state within next                        Manish Gupta /
                 29       merinews.com          benefit Himachali four years.The project will usher a rapid and faster growth in the field of agriculture, by            **        Rajbir Singh /   26-Dec-08
                                                     farmers         strengthening the economy of the farmers, who hitherto have been depending on the                              Vishal Abrol
                                                                     traditional crop pattern. The project envisages higher production of various cash crops
                                                                     thus ensuring remunerative prices to their yield
                                                                          The tension of potato growers and sellers erupted in huge protest against import of
                                                                          Indian potato under concessions by the Pakistani govt. The protesters issued ultimatum
                                                  Potato growers          to the government to ban import of Indian potato by 28th Dec. 08, otherwise, the
                                                                          protest would spread country-wide. This morning at new fruit & vegetable market
                 30       thepost.com.pk          protest against
                                                                          across the Lower Bari Doab Canal (LBDC) on the Okara-Faisalabad road, thousands of             **        Manish Gupta     26-Dec-08
                                                 import form India        potato growers, commission agents and labourers raised standard of protest against the
                                                                          government for intentionally making loss to the interest of people linked with potato
                                                                          farming and business.
                                                                                     KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                                  Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                                   Period: 1st
                                                                                  December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                     Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                         Implication                    Reporting
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                                                                            Come December and a rich hue of orange lights up the Punjab villages from
                                                                            Hoshiarpur in the north to the Abohar-Ferozepur belt in the south. The most successful
                                                                                                                                                                                       Manish Gupta /
                                                       Punjab farmers reap citrus variety to be grown in this part of the country, the humble kinnow has now come
                           31    punjabnewsline.com
                                                       windfall from kinnow into its own. No more cultivated as a poor third when the climatic conditions are                **        Rajbir Singh /   24-Dec-08
                                                                                                                                                                                       Rajesh Varma
                                                                            unfavourable for wheat and paddy, it is now giving higher returns per acre compared to
                                                                            all other crops.
                                                                            In what reflects the growing concerns among the fruit dealers in Kashmir, the Sopur
                                                        Sopur fruit traders fruit growers and buyers today decided to suspend the cross-LoC trade “till their
                                                                            demands are fulfilled.” “We have suspended the trade,” confirmed, President, Valley‟s
                           32    greaterkashmir.com     suspend cross-LoC
                                                                            Fruit Buyers‟ Association, Haji Farooq Ahmad Malik, reasoning that the government                **         Rajbir Singh    23-Dec-08
                                                               trade        had not kept its “word” vis-à-vis providing all important facilities for trade and
                                                                            allowing a trade delegation from Valley to AJK
                                                                             Tomato growers and traders in Rajasthan feel the heat of the plummeting prices of the
                                                                             perishable commodity following suspension of exports to Pakistan as the border has
                                                       Tomato prices decline
                           33       thaindian.com
                                                          in Rajasthan
                                                                             been sealed in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks. Tomato crop, which was earlier,               **        Manish Gupta     26-Dec-08
                                                                             exported to Pakistan via Wagah boarder is now landing in the local markets leading to
                                                                             overflow of tomato. As a result, the tomato business is incurring huge losses.
                                                                             Consumers have a reason to cheer. Amid soaring prices of basic commodities, the
                                                                             prices of vegetables have hit an all-time low after remaining sky high for long. The
                                                                             prices of tomatoes have come down by Rs 15. They are now available for Rs 10 to Rs
                                                       Vegetable supply up, 12 per kilogram in retail and Rs 5 in wholesale, against last week‟s Rs 25 per kg.                         Rajesh Varma /
                           34     expressindia.com
                                                            prices down
                                                                             Surplus supply of tomatoes from Nasik, Haldwani and Ahmedabad, owing to the                     **         Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                        24-Dec-08
                                                                             winter season, is one of the reasons behind the dip in prices. Traders, however, claim
                                                                             that the sealing of the border following the terror attacks in Mumbai has severely hit
                                                                             the trade of tomatoes to Pakistan, which has in turn resulted in a surplus supply within
                                                                             the country.
                                                                             Fresh from the fields to the dining tables in Europe, green vegetables from Haryana
                                                         Green Haryana       are all set to tickle the taste buds of foreigners. Discussions have already been held to
                                                                                                                                                                                       Rajbir Singh /
       Govt & Agri                    indopia.in        vegetables to tickle export fresh vegetables worth Rs 90 lakh to European countries, a move expected to
     Marketing Comm
                           1
                                                           taste buds of     give the state government & aposs crop diversification plans a boost besides offering           **        Manish Gupta /   26-Dec-08
                                                                                                                                                                                        Vishal Abrol
     Policies, Duties ,                                      Europeans       new opportunities to farmers to enhance their income and adding another feather to the
B.                                                                           cap of Haryana Agro Industries Corporation (HAIC).
     Subsidies, New
                                                                             Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released a new variety each of cucumber,
        Scheme &                                        PAU releases new pumpkin, coriander, turmeric and cauliflower. It also introduced new sowing
         Initiatives       2         hindu.com            varieties of five  technology. Among new varieties released are Punjab Samrat (pumpkin), Punjab                    **        Manish Gupta     26-Dec-08
                                                         vegetables crops    Sugandh (coriander), Punjab Haldi (turmeric), Punjab Naveen (cucumber) and Punjab
                                                                             Katki (cauliflower)
                                                                             Easyday, the food and grocery supermarket retail chain of telecom giant Bharti group,
                                                                             after its foray in Punjab has expanded into the neighbouring state of Haryana.Easyday
                                                                             has opened two stores in Karnal and Jagadhri towns of Haryana. “It is a happy occasion
                                                        Bharti’s ‘Easyday’ for us to launch our first two stores in the State of Haryana. Through our Easyday
                                                         enters Haryana;     stores, we propose to not only bring to the consumers a great shopping experience, but
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                                                          opens stores in    also aim to continue working with local communities and creating value by tapping
                                                                                                                                                                             **        Rajesh Varma      1-Dec-08

                                                       Karnal and Jagadhri local talent to work with us. We look forward to a great association with the people of
                                                                             Haryana,” said Vinod Sawhny, President and CEO, Bharti Retail. Easyday is currently
                                                                             operating 14 stores including 12 stores opened by the company in Punjab since the
                                                                             launch of retail chain in April, 2008
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                                                                   Bharti Wal-Mart has commenced a registration drive required for operating the first
                                                                   cash-n-carry of the JV. A major distributional centre has already been opened near
                                                                   Chandigarh and will be operationalised in early 2009. A Press Release issued by the JV
                                              Bharti Wal-Mart      quoted MD Raj Jain:Raj Jain, MD and CEO, Bharti Wal-Mart Pvt Ltd, said, “When we              **
                                                                   announced the JV in August last year, we gave ourselves a window of 18-24 months to Bharti Plans for
                                                 commences
                 2       newsvision.in                             launch our first wholesale cash-and-carry store. We are firmly on track and we have                          Rajbir Singh     1-Dec-08
                                            registration for cash- begun registration of membership in Punjab in advance to enable us to better forecast their F&V section
                                                                                                                                                            in C&C to be
                                                   n-carry         and serve the needs of our commercial customers. The assortment, service and store        investigated
                                                                   layout of our wholesale stores will be customised to the specific needs of commercial
                                                                   customers who can walk in to the store and source high quality products in the
                                                                   quantities they need and at the time they require, all under one
                                                                   A panel discussion on „Logistics‟ was organised by the Confederation of Indian
                                                                   Industry (CII) in association with Agro Tech 2008 on Saturday. Abraham Tharakan,
                                                                   chairman and managing director, Amalgam Investments, said food logistics is an area
                                              India needs more     of concern in the country. He added that transportation is an area which needs to be                        Rajesh Varma /
                 3     expressindia.com
                                            food processing units looked into as poor condition of roads affects the goods during transit. “The lack of               **        Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                 3-Dec-08

                                                                   temperature management, specifically in the storage of frozen food and food that
                                                                   requires low temperatures is also a major factor leading to the problems in logistics in
                                                                   India,” he said
                                                                   Bharti Retail, part of Bharti Enterprises, has announced the company‟s entry into the
                                                                   mid-format compact hypermarket segment, with launching the first „Easyday market
                                                                   TM´ store in Ludhiana. The company already operates 17 neighbourhood format stores
                                                                   of 2,200-4,200 sq ft under the brand name of „Easyday´ in Punjab and Haryana.The
                                             Bharti Retail starts new mid-format store is of 25,000 sq ft would offer items ranging from apparels for
                                                 mid-format        men, women and kids, home furnishings, home ware, cosmetics, a wide range of kids                           Rajbir Singh /
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                                                hypermarket        toys, small appliances, mobile phones and stationery, bakery, meat, poultry and fish,
                                                                                                                                                                      **        Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                15-Dec-08

                                                  operations       fruits and vegetables, grocery and general merchandise, Bharti Retail said in statement.
                                                                   “Our consumers desire everything that is available across different markets, to be under
                                                                   one roof and also want everything to be available at the best price every day. This is
                                                                   exactly what Easyday market TM promises to deliver,” Bharti Retail Ltd President and
                                                                   COO Vinod Sawhny said
                                                                       Bharti Retail, the retail arm of telecom behemoth Bharti Enterprises, which currently
                                                                       operates 17 neighbourhood supermarket format stores across Punjanb and Haryana in
                                                                       North India under the brand name of „Easyday‟ has forayed into hypermarket segment
                                            Bharti Retail unveils      with the launch of its first store under the new format in Ludhiana. Interestingly,
                                               new mid-sized           Easyday neighbourhood chain was also launched from the owners‟ hometown of
                                                                       Ludhiana.As against the average size of 3,000 +/- 1,000 sq ft for its supermarket chain
                 5     indiaretailbiz.com   hypermarket format         Easyday, the new mid-format chain called „Easyday market TM‟ occupies around                   **       Rajesh Varma     10-Dec-08
                                              called ‘Easyday          25,000 sq ft of trading space.The new compact hypermarket format chain, according to
                                                market TM’             a company statement, will carry a wide range of daily need and household products
                                                                       including, apparels for men, women and kids, home furnishings, home ware,
                                                                       cosmetics, a wide range of kids toys, small appliances, mobile phones and stationery,
                                                                       bakery, meat, poultry and fish, fruits and vegetables, grocery and general merchandise.

                                                                 Late in 2006, Reliance Industries Ltd, India‟s largest company by market value, started
                                                                 India‟s most ambitious retail venture. The company, through its subsidiary Reliance
                                            Dampened sentiment | Retail Ltd, planned to open around 3,000 outlets of its grocery outlet Reliance Fresh in
                                                                 addition to hundreds of stores of various other formats, ranging from health and
                 6       livemint.com         Lights dim in the  wellness to jewellery, by 2011.On its heels, Chennai-based mid-sized discount retailer               **       Manish Gupta     15-Dec-08
                                                 retail sector   Subhiksha Trading Services Ltd expanded outside its home turf into the country‟s
                                                                 north and west and flooded the market with hundreds of outlets in what the company
                                                                 termed a “carpet-bombing” strategy.
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                                                                                Freshthrop Fruits Ltd (FFL), the major exporter of fresh fruits, has plans to enter the
                                                                                business of fruit juice. The company is setting up a food-processing unit near Nashik
                                                                                for the purpose, at an investment of Rs. 25 crore. This new proposed unit, which will
                                                        Freshthrop to invest be located near Nashik, is expected to start operation by January 2009.“We are soon
                 7        business-standard.com         Rs 25 cr in fruit juice entering the fruit juice business. Accordingly, we are setting up an integrated food-          **         Rajbir Singh    17-Dec-08
                                                                                processing unit near Nashik for the purpose. We will not directly sell juice in domestic
                                                                  biz           market, but we will produce for the fruit juice maker companies. At this proposed unit,
                                                                                we will extract pulp of mangoes & guavas and produce pomegranate juice concentrate,
                                                                                and will cater to the juice manufacturers,” the senior company official told Business
                                                                                Standard.
                                                              Himalya           Agrifood company Himalya International plans to set up a processing plant in Gujrat
                                                         International to set with an investment of Rs 125 crore as part of its plans to achieve Rs 1,000-crore
                 8               hindu.com
                                                         up food processing turnover by 2012. Besides, the company has also firmed up plans to launch its food
                                                                                                                                                                               **        Manish Gupta      4-Dec-08
                                                                                products under its own brand 'Himalya Fresh' to supply to the organised retail chain
                                                             unit in Gujrat
                                                                               The second annual Global Retail Theft Barometer 2008 Survey, covering 920 large
                                                                               retailers across 36 countries has rated India with the highest shrinkage rate at 3.10%
                                                         India tops the retail this year, an increase of 6.9% over last year. This revelation has put India in the
                 9           domain-b.comom              shrinkage survey... topmost positions amongst Countries worldwide closely followed by Thailand, South                 **          Mona Rai       17-Dec-08
                                                                               Africa and Malaysia. This study is prepared by the Centre for Retail Research,
                                                              once again       Nottingham, England and is funded by Checkpoint Systems Inc. Checkpoint Systems
                                                                               Inc. has been at the forefront of developing shrink-management solutions that is
                                                                               benefiting retailers globally
                                                                               Retailer Indiabulls Retail Services Ltd, under fire for non-payment of dues to several
                                                        Indiabulls to rebrand vendors and coping with an economic slowdown that has seen retail sales in India fall
                                                          its outlets Happy    by between 10% and 12%, is convinced the situation calls for some cheer and is
                 10             livemint.com                                   preparing to unveil a new name, Happy Store, a new logo, a smiley face transposed on
                                                        Store with new look, a cheerful yellow shopping bag, and a new tagline—“A bagful of smiles”.The                        **        Rajesh Varma     17-Dec-08

                                                                  logo         company‟s restructuring efforts in recent months were a run-up to creating a new
                                                                               identity
                                                                                    Metro Cash & Carry, the wholly owned Indian subsidiary of the world‟s fourth largest
                                                          Metro C&C enters reailer, Metro AG of Germany, opened its first store in Eastern India on Wednesday,
                 11          indiaretailbiz.com          West Bengal; opens the 3rd December, in Kolkata. Cricket star inaugurated the outlet.The 100,000 sq ft                **        Rajesh Varma      4-Dec-08
                                                         first store in Kolkata store, inaugurated by legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly and state Sundarbans Affairs
                                                                                    Minister Kanti Ganguly, is the company‟s 5th cash and carry (B&B) store in India
                                                                                    Metro Cash & Carry, Indian arm of German-based Metro AG, has opened its first
                                                        Metro C&C opens in Kolkata outlet, carrying the total to five in the country. The company runs two stores of
                 12          indiaretailing.com          Kolkata; to enter the format in Bengaluru and one each in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Further, the                          **          Mona Rai        4-Dec-08
                                                          Punjab as well   company also plans to enter Punjab and will invest Rs 9 billion to set up six
                                                                                    distribution centers across the state, informed a top company official.
                                                                             German wholesale major Metro Cash & Carry might look for a foothold in north India
                                                                             after it starts operations in Punjab. Martin Dlouhy, managing director of Metro Cash &
                                                      Metro Cash & Carry Carry India, said: “We have plans to enter Punjab now.” Asked whether the company is                            Rajbir Singh /
                                                                             planning to have a centre in New Delhi, he said: “We will take one by one.” The
                 13    financialexpress.com / Tribune plans to invest Rs 900
                                                                             German giant has planned to invest Rs 900 crore in Punjab by launching six                        **         Vishal Abrol/    4-Dec-08
                                                           cr in Punjab                                                                                                                  Ravinder Kasid
                                                                             distribution centres there. Present at the inauguration of the company‟s wholesale
                                                                             centre here on Wednesday, Dlouhy said we have been in India for long and I do not see
                                                                             any economic disruption as a reason for postponing our expansion plans
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                                                                               German wholesaler Metro Cash & Carry plans to team up with financial institutions in
                                                   Metro Cash & Carry India to offer credit facilities to customers. It has already entered into a partnership
                         14           ET           plans tie-up with FIs with SKS Microfinance to roll out such a pilot initiative among kiranas in Hyderabad.                   ***        Manish Gupta      4-Dec-08
                                                    to lend to customers The company is evaluating the possibility of scaling up this initiative across consumer
                                                                               segments, especially since many are feeling the heat of the economic slowdown

                                                                         The organised retail sector in India is experiencing a slowdown with expansion
                                                                         projects either getting postponed or put on hold. But interestingly, the rural sector has
                                                                         been largely untouched by the economic slowdown, according to industry experts.
                                                                         “The rural industry has done even better than last year in the last six months due to
                                                      Organised retail   record output of crops and the loan waiver of Rs 60,000 crore by the Central
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                                                   sector faces slowdown Government. As a result, the rural populace has a higher disposable income for fresh                    **        Rajesh Varma       3-Dec-08
                                                                         purchases,” C K Ranganathan, Chairman and Managing Director, CavinKare told to
                                                                         this website‟s newspaper on the sidelines of the Conference on „Retailing for India‟,
                                                                         organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Tamil Nadu. The loan waiver
                                                                         size had later been increased to Rs 71,680 crore.

                                                                         Food and beverage major Pepsico is planning to increase its sourcing of raw materials
                                                                         from contract farming and venture into new states regarding this. The company's foods
                                                   Pepsico to raise area business unit, Frito-Lay, procures 50 per cent of potatoes, required for making chips                             Rajesh Varma /
                                                                                                                                                                                           Manish Gupta /
                         16       21food.com          under contract     and strips, from contract farming in eight states across the country. "We have 12,000-                  **         Rajbir Singh /
                                                                                                                                                                                                             17-Dec-08
                                                   farming for potatoes 15,000 acres under contract farming producing around 60,000 tonnes of potatoes and                                   Vishal Abrol
                                                                         our plan is to increase the acreage and also venture into other states under the system,"
                                                                         Pepsico India Holdings Executive Vice President (Agro) Nishchint Bhatia said.

                                                                               The retailer has already started selling shrink-wrapped farm produce at some of its
                                                                               Reliance Fresh shops in Pune and Mumbai and set up facilities to do the wrapping at
                                                                               its five collection centers in the region, said a person close to the development. Shrink
                                                                               wrap is a plastic film that shrinks tightly over whatever it is covering when heat is
                                                    Reliance Retail Ltd        applied to it. “Plans are to roll out the project across our network once we understand
                                                                               how fresh produce and the consumers react to shrink wrapping,” this person said on
                                                    plans to sell shrink-
     Competition,
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                                                    wrapped fruits and
                                                                               condition of anonymity. The latest move of selling shrink-wrapped produce is                      ***       Subroto Banerji   18-Dec-08
                                                                               expected to give the company significant savings once it adopts it across its entire
C. Organised Retail &                                    vegetables            chain of shops that sell fruits and vegetables.“We lose a lot of fruits and vegetables
    Food processors                                                            within the store because of excessive handling by consumers. In addition, keeping the
                                                                               fresh produce exposed to the elements results in loss of moisture and faster spoilage,
                                                                               which results in losses,” said another company executive, who declined to be named
                                                                               because he is not authorized to speak with the media

                                                                               The expansion plans of Indian group Reliance Retail were put on hold this year in the
                                                                               face of the global financial crisis, but the company says it will begin rolling out new
                                                                               stores again in about six months when property prices have fallen.Reliance had initially
                                                      Reliance Retail
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                                                      restarts rollout
                                                                               planned to have 2,000 stores by 2008 and 5,000 by 2010, but the retailer currently only           **         Rajbir Singh     15-Dec-08
                                                                               has 700 stores in 60 cities in India.“We will wait for another six months to book
                                                                               properties in Tier-II and III cities as we expect lease rentals and property prices to fall
                                                                               another 25-30 per cent,” an unidentified company source told the Business Standard
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                                                   Subhiksha             In the interest of objective reporting, we wish to reproduce below a copy of
                                              management issues a        Subhiksha‟s reply to a report published earlier by the News Service. The report, among
                                                                         others, had suggested non-payment of salaries to 700 employees working with the
                 19     indiaretailbiz.com    rejoinder; attributes      retailer across its 97 stores in Chennai. Yesterday, based on this news report, we had         **        Rajesh Varma     11-Dec-08
                                             salary delays to ‘audit     also carried a post on the subject. Hence, we feel obliged to carry the retailer‟s reply
                                                   completion’           too the News Service

                                               Subhiksha shuts       Subhiksha, the Chennai-based food and grocery value retail chain, according to a
                                                down 90 stores;      Financial Chronical report, has shut down 90-odd convenience stores across the
                                                                     country in the last one month.One of our readers has written to us saying that the retail
                 20     indiaretailbiz.com       attributes low      chain has already closed a large proportion of its stores in Delhi and NCR. In a related           **        Rajesh Varma     14-Dec-08
                                             inventories to rollout  development, the discount chain has withdrawn from fresh foods (fruits & vegetables)
                                                of new software      segment and also cut down on supplies of pharmaceutical products
                                                                     More than 700 employees of 97 stores run by Subhiksha, the supermarket chain in the
                                                                     city have not been paid their salaries for the last two months by the company, which
                                                    Subhiksha        has told them to pick up groceries from the stores in lieu of their pay packets.However,
                 21     indiaretailbiz.com    supermarket staff at with the shelves empty — all major suppliers of goods such as HLL have stopped                       **        Manish Gupta     10-Dec-08
                                                                     supplies as the firm has defaulted on payments — the employees are in a state of panic.
                                                  their wits’ end    The workers resorted to an in-house protest at the company‟s human resource office at
                                                                     Alwarpet last week, but are aware that among those who haven‟t received their salaries
                                                                     are two vice-presidents.
                                                                     Tesco has reported its slowest UK growth figures in 15 years today with sales climbing
                                             Tesco growth falls off just two per cent in the third quarter.As predicted by experts in the last few days, like-
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                                                      rapidly
                                                                     for-like sales, excluding fuel, are down four per cent on the second quarter and                   **        Rajesh Varma      3-Dec-08
                                                                     represent the slowest growth figures since 1993.This comes after the retailer
                                                                     introduced a cheaper product range to combat discounters Aldi and Lidl.
                                                                     Value addition in the whole chain in food processing sector is of paramount
                                                                     importance and the Haryana Government has taken the initiative by setting up 'Food
                                                Value addition in    Parks' near the National Capital Region."This was stated here today by Finance
                                             food precessing sector Commissioner and Principal Secretary- Agriculture, Haryana, Ms. Shakuntala Jakhu                              Rajbir Singh /
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                                              is vital, says experts while addressing the delegates at an international conference on "New Drivers in Food              **        Manish Gupta
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4-Dec-08

                                                   at Agro Tech      Processing Sector" organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in
                                                                     conjunction with Agro Tech 2008 from November 28 to December 1, 2008 at
                                                                     Chandigarh. Ms. Shakuntala Jakhu was the chief guest on the occasion
                                                                     Vishal Retail Ltd is not considering any stake sale, a senior official said on Monday,
                                                                     denying a newspaper report that the discount retailer was in talks to bring in investors.
                                                Vishal Retail not    The Economic Times newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, on Monday reported the
                 24     indiaretailing.com   looking at stake sale – retailer was looking to raise capital for operations and expansion. Shares rose 5 percent          **        Rajesh Varma     17-Dec-08
                                                                     to 109.65 rupees in opening trade, outperforming the Mumbai market. "There is no
                                                      official       discussion at the board or management level at this moment," Manmohan Agarwal,
                                                                     chief executive for corporate affairs, said. When asked if the firm was looking to sell a
                                                                     stake, Agarwal said, "We're not."
                                                                     Wadhawan Food Retail Private Limited (WFRL) launched its 50th Smart supermarket
                                                                     in Koramangala, Bangalore. With the opening of the 50th Smart Store, WFRL has
                                                Wadhawan Food        touched over 200 F&G retail outlets in the convenience store format across 15 cities.
                                              Retail launches 50th WFRL operates multiple food and grocery brands including Spinach in Maharashtra                                Rajbir Singh /
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                                              Smart supermarket and Kolkata, Sabka Bazaar in Delhi NCR and Smart in Karnataka.WFRL also has a                           **         Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                   15-Dec-08

                                                        news         management contract with the Maratha chain of co-operative stores to operate its stores
                                                                     in Maharashtra. In addition the company has a home décor and utility lifestyle store
                                                                     called ' The Home Store' in Delhi NCR, Jaipur and Bangalore.
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                                                                              Undisturbed by the slowdown, Future Group is planning to add 6 lac square feet in
                                                                              East India over the next one year. The group will launch eight new stores of Big Bazaar
                                                                              and Pantaloons combined and one of Home Town. The proposed Big Bazaar stores will
                                                                              cover some 4 lac sq ft, the Pantaloons outlets over 50,000 sq ft and the Home Town
                                                   FUTURE GROUP               outlet at Rajarhat over 1.5 lac sq ft. The company is planning to enter new markets like
                                                                              Tinsukia, Jamshedpur, Patna and Deogargh. Typically, the group enters a new market
                                                       PLANS
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                                                    EXPANSION IN
                                                                              with the Big Bazaar format and then evaluates other options. Future Group is also in           **        Rajesh Varma      19-Dec-08
                                                                              the process of converting some of its less profitable stores into newer ones. It has
                                                        EAST                  already done so with two outlets - a Fashion Station outlet in Kolkata and one Food
                                                                              Bazaar store in Salkia have been converted to Big Bazaar outlets. The group has also
                                                                              started re-negotiation with property developers for change in rent terms for existing
                                                                              stores and the newer ones. Future Group operates around 1.5 million sq ft in the East,
                                                                              of which Big Bazaar constitutes 10 lac sq ft and Pantaloons some 3.5 lac sq ft.

                                                                  The Retailers Association of India (RAI) has demanded that the sector should be given
                                                                  industry status and attached to either the ministry of consumer affairs or ministry of
                                                                  commerce and industry. According to RAI, the industry status will provide better
                                                                  funding options, clear policy decisions and speedy and single window clearance for
                                                    RETAIL SEEKS  various licenses and permits. Presently retailers have to move from one department to
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                                                  INDUSTRY STATUS another for issuance of various licenses and permits. The association has made                             **        Rajesh Varma      19-Dec-08
                                                                  recommendations to the Union government, demanding constitution of an 'empowered
                                                                  committee' with representation from the sector and the government to look into ways to
                                                                  meet the requirements of the sector. Further, RAI has asked to appoint a secretary-level
                                                                  official to monitor and guide the retailing activities of each state
                                                                       Over 100 top officials of big mall developers, retail companies and multiplexes held a
                                                                       meeting in Mumbai to dialogue with a view to handling the current crisis. The closed-
                                                   RETAILERS AND door meeting was attended by Kishore Biyani, chief executive officer of Future Group,
                                                        MALL           Ajit Joshi, chief executive officer of Infiniti Retail, RA Shah of Trent, Cinemax
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                                                     DEVELOPERS
                                                                       director Hiral Kanakia, Oberoi Constructions managing director Vikas Oberoi, Nirmal                   **        Rajesh Varma      19-Dec-08
                                                                       Lifestyle chairman Dharmesh Jain, Ishanya president and chief executive officer I S
                                                     HOLD TALKS        Narula, and Entertainment World Developers managing director Manish Kalani
                                                                       amongst others. The main point of discussion was to have a lease rental system in place
                                                                       till retail chain stores achieve breakeven.
                                                                       Rentals for retailers have dropped by as much as 40 % in key cities across the country.
                                                  RETAILERS HOLD While the fall Tier-I and metropolitan cities is in the range of 15- 20%, in smaller
                                                    BACK EVEN AS       towns it is higher at 30 - 40%. However, retailers are still holding back in anticipation
                 29       indiaretailbiz.com                           of a further fall in rents. In the meantime they are aggressively re-negotiating the
                                                  RETAIL RENTALS current lease arrangements. MedPlus, which has 600 pharmacy stores in Hyderabad,                            **        Rajesh Varma      19-Dec-08

                                                          DIP          Bangalore, Chennai and few other cities is negotiating for a reduction in rent, as is
                                                                       Future Group, Madura Garments and Arvind Brands
                                                                       A good crop and high support prices has put liquidity in the hands of rural India. As a
                                                                       result rural retail chains like Hariyali Kisaan Bazaar and Aadhar Retailing are
                                                   RURAL RETAIL registering a healthy growth. This is in sharp contrast to urban retail chains that are
                                                                       facing a decline in sales, as a result of the liquidity crisis and fears of job loss. The Rs
                 30       indiaretailbiz.com       CHAINS DOING
                                                                       65,000-crore farm loan waiver has also improved the liquidity situation in rural areas.               **        Rajesh Varma      19-Dec-08
                                                        WELL           Rural retailers say they have had a good Diwali and that sales volumes are up at least
                                                                       20-30 %. The kharif season has been good and the outlook for rabi season is positive as
                                                                       well.
                                                                       Sources close to Tesco revealed today that it is involved in a cost cutting exercise
                                                                       because it faces threats in its home market - the UK - from supermarkets such as Aldi                           Rajesh Varma /
                                                  Tesco trims costs in
                 31       indiaretailbiz.com
                                                       Bangalore
                                                                       and Lidl.At the same time, a second source said that it wants its staff to stay in Tata               **         Rajbir Singh /   19-Dec-08
                                                                       Ginger hotels, rather than occupy fine apartments close to its central mother ship in                            Manish Gupta
                                                                       Whitefield.
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                                                                After starting out in Punjab and Haryana in its first year, Bharti Retail Pvt. Ltd plans to
                                          Bharti Retail plans 30open stores in and around New Delhi by March, marking its entry into a major
                                                                metro.The company, promoted by owners of Bharti Airtel Ltd, India‟s largest mobile
                 32      livemint.com      stores in NCR in a
                                                                phone company by subscribers, plans to roll out 30 stores in the National Capital                      **          Manish Gupta     19-Dec-08
                                                   year         Region, or NCR, by the end of 2009, according to a person with direct knowledge of
                                                                the plans.
                                                                Indiaʼ leading basmati rice processing company REI Agro's retail venture 6Ten has
                                            6ten retail to open planned to invest Rs 15 billion to open 3, 500 stores in next three years across the
                 33    retailangle.com                          country, said a top company official. Speaking to media, Danish Beg, chief financial
                                           3,500 stores by 2011 officer, REI Agro, said, "Presently, we have 473 stores and we would close the fiscal                  **           Martin Jojo     29-Dec-08

                                                                with 700 stores."
                                                                Food processing industry have shown robust performance in the current year as
                                             Food processing    industrial capacity for processing of fruits and vegetables in India had reached 2.68
                                                                million tons in the beginning of year 2008, Subodh Kant Sahai, minister of state for                               Vishal Abrol /
                 34       myiris.com      capacity touches 2.68
                                                                food processing industries stated in the Rajya Sabha today. He further revealed that the               **           Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                                    26-Dec-08
                                                  mn tons       categorization of industrial units under fruit products order, 1955 is based on annual
                                                                production limit.
                                                                From “will they, won't they?'' dilemma, it was finally to “they will!'' kind of certainty
                                                                that the Indian retail industry was a witness to in 2008, with the emerging shape of
                                            India's retail tale things over the year suggesting that both neighbourhood stores and o rganised retailers
                                                                are here to stay. In the start of the year, there was a feeling that with firming up of real
                 35      ptinews.com         remains bullish
                                                                estate rentals, the brouhaha of Indian retail may not last long. But as the year moved on              **          Rajesh Varma     22-Dec-08
                                            despite slowdown and the rentals started softening, there was optimism in the air, paving way for hectic a
                                                                ctivities by various retail players, who announced investments to the tune of Rs 14,200
                                                                crore in the near future.
                                          Slowdown forces RIL Almost two years after opening its first retail store 'Reliance Fresh' way back in
                                                                November 2006, Mukesh Ambani is going back to the drawing board once again.While
                 36     profit.ndtv.com      to revamp retail
                                                                the company has so far opened around 20 different formats of retailing, NDTV learns                    **          Manish Gupta     22-Dec-08
                                                  formats       they are now consolidating their various formats
                                                                      Capespan’s first South African grape of the new season arrived this week. The
                                                                      debut shipment aboard the MSC France docked at Sheerness on Wednesday.                     **
                                           Capespan welcomes          A spokesman for the company said: “This is the very first grape from the                   Khet-Se can
                                                                      earliest part of the Northern Province. It was picked in the last week of                evaluate an entry
                 1      freshinfo.com      first South African                                                                                                    strategy for     Rajesh Varma      1-Dec-08
                                                                      October. Capespan has 26 pallets of Prime Seedless white grape on board the
                                                   grape              vessel. The quality is good.”The South African export company is expecting                   Grapes in
                                                                      volumes to build from next week when it will welcome its first Namibian Flame              domestic and
                                                                      Seedless red grape from the Aussenkehr region to the UK market                             export market
                                                                      Acme Cold Chain Solutions Ltd displayed vegetable carts with refrigerators at
                                                                      Agro Tech 08 on Saturday. The cart, which has a refrigerator to provide the
                                                                      appropriate temperature to vegetables and fruits, will soon be launched under
                                                                                                                                                                 ***
                                               Refrigerated                                                                                                       Carts to be
                                                                      the name direct to home (DTH).“The cart has been a success in Noida and
                                                                                                                                                               evaluated on cost
                                              vegetable cart          Gurgaon. We now plan to introduce it in Amritsar after which, we will bring it to
                                                                                                                                                               & percieved value Rajesh Varma /
                 2     expressindia.com                                                                                                                                                              3-Dec-08
                                            displayed at Agro         Chandigarh,” said Vinod Dhingra, local manager of the company. He added                                     Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                               basis which Khet-
                                                                      that they are receiving good response from retail outlets who are demanding
                                                 Tech 08                                                                                                         Se Push Cart
                                                                      these carts. Ranjit Singh, a farmer said: “The technology will help combat fruits            would be
                                                                      and vegetables from being spoiled. It will also help urban hawkers minimise                  fabricated
                                                                      their losses
                                                                         KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                       Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                        Period: 1st
                                                                       December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                       Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                Implication                    Reporting
No   Category   S.No       Source               News Headline                                                  Details                                                        Reported by
                                                                                                                                                                 and News                        Date
                                                                                                                                                                   Rating
                                                                       The FMCG and retail giant ITC‟s two way agri-retail and development initiative that
                                                                       facilitates flow of goods and services to and from largely inaccessible rural markets,
                                                                       won top honors at the recently held International Conference on Sharing Innovative
                                             ITC’s ‘e-Chaupal’         Agribusiness Solutions 2008.The two-day conference was organised by UNIDO
                                            receives top UNIDO         (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) at Cairo (Egypt) on the 26th
                 3     indiaretailbiz.com
                                            award for providing        and the 27th November, 2008.Launched in June 2000, „e-Choupal‟, has become the               **        Rajesh Varma      2-Dec-08

                                             innovative solution       largest initiative among all Internet-based interventions in rural India. „e-Choupal‟
                                                                       services today reach out to over 4 million in over 40,000 villages through nearly 6500
                                                                       kiosks across ten states (Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Andhra
                                                                       Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerela and Tamil Nadu).
                                                                       Cooperate not Compete", said, Mr. Kishore Biyani, Chairman, CII National Committee
                                                                       on Retail & Founder & CEO, Future Group at the National Retail Summit organized by
                                               Cooperate not           The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai. The Summit focused on
                                               Compete' - Mr           "Collaborative Retail: The New Engine of Growth". "We operate in a new world order,
                 4     fibre2fashion.com
                                               Kishore Biyani,         wherein collaboration with stakeholders is key to profitable business and growth             **        Rajesh Varma     12-Nov-08

                                                Future Group           hereon. Areas like marketing spends, real estate, recruitment and training, sourcing,
                                                                       back-end and advocacy offer tremendous scope for cooperation. Ideally, we should
                                                                       look at collaboration on common processes that provide no competitive advantage
                                                                   R Subramanian, Founder and Managing Director of Subhiksha Retail, India‟s largest
                                            Global meltdown has    retailer in terms of number of stores, feels that while global economic meltdown would
                                               affected retail     cause some pain, it will in the long run help the industry lead a healthy life. Global
                 5     indiaretailbiz.com       growth, says       meltdown has adversely affected growth of retail industry in India, says Subramanian.            **        Rajesh Varma      3-Dec-08
                                              Subiksha’s chief     “Everyone in retail industry are postponing their expansion plans and are adopting a
                                                                   wait and watch strategy,” said Subramanian. He was speaking to PTI on retail industry
                                               Subramanian
                                                                   in general and Subhiksha‟s business in particular
                                                                   Prof. Dr Basavaraj Madhusudhan, Kuvempu University says that Indian farmers are
                                                                   five years away from the nanotechnology revolution. Speaking at the technical session
                                             Indian farmers are ''Nano Food & Agriculture'' at the second Bangalore Nano, organised jointly by the
                                            five years away from department of IT, BT and Science & Technology, Karnataka, Jawaharlal Nehru Center                            Rajbir Singh /
                 6      domain-b.com
                                               Nanotechnology
                                                                   for Advanced Scientific Research and M M Activ Sci-Tech Communications.The                       **         Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                               15-Dec-08
                                                                   various topics that are being addressed at the Bangalore Nano 2008 are nano
                                                revolution news    biotechnology, health and pharma, industry and manufacturing, nano food and
                                                                   agriculture, chemicals and nano materials, ICT and electronics energy, environment
                                                                   and greentech
                                                                   India may be the third largest potato producer in the world but its contribution
                                                                   to global potato trade is merely half a percent, industry officials and experts
                                                India's share in   participating in the Global Potato Conference said here Thursday. 'India has
                                                                                                                                                                              Manish Gupta /
                 7     indiaenews.com       global potato trade is the required production technologies and the produce is free from major
                                                                   diseases, which provide significant opportunity for export of potato products,'
                                                                                                                                                                    **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                               15-Dec-08
                                                  0.5 percent
                                                                   said Mangala Rai, secretary at the Department of Agricultural Research and
                                                                   Education
                                                                   The FMCG and retail giant ITC’s two way agri-retail and development initiative
                                              ITC’s ‘e-Chaupal’ that facilitates flow of goods and services to and from largely inaccessible rural
                                            receives top UNIDO markets, won top honors at the recently held International Conference on
                 8     indiaretailbiz.com
                                            award for providing Sharing Innovative Agribusiness Solutions 2008.The two-day conference was                           **        Rajesh Varma      2-Dec-08
                                                                   organised by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) at
                                              innovative solution Cairo (Egypt) on the 26th and the 27th November, 2008
                                                                                      KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                                    Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                                     Period: 1st
                                                                                    December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                      Implication                    Reporting
No      Category        S.No           Source                 News Headline                                             Details                                                     Reported by
                                                                                                                                                                       and News                        Date
                                                                                                                                                                         Rating
                                                                                It’s just a normal market correction, is how Pinakiranjan Mishra, partner at
                                                                                consulting firm Ernst and Young, or E&Y, interprets the slowdown. The
                                                                                organized retail sector, which had witnessed year-on-year growth of 35% in
                                                                                2007, is likely to end 2008 with a lower growth rate of 25-30% at a time when
                                                             It’s a short-term  retailers are closing unviable stores, pruning staff and reworking business
                                                             blip, things will  models. Mishra stresses that the industry will benefit in the long run as retailers
                         9           livemint.com
                                                           improve in the near learn from their mistakes. A member of the retail committee at the Federation              **          Mona Rai       16-Dec-08
                                                                                of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he authored E&Y’s report
                                                                   future’      Winning With Intelligent Supply Chain, released earlier this year, which talks
                                                                                about the challenges inherent in a supply chain so critical for the retail sector’s
                                                                                success. In an interview, Mishra spoke about the reasons for the current
                                                                                downturn and the outlook for the country’s organized retail business
                                                                                A switch from unorganised to organised retail will bring in huge benefits, not
                                                                                only for the government in the form of taxes, but also for consumers, farmers
                                                                                and unorganised trade participants alike in a big way, says a report by
                                                                                PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Apart from helping India become a sourcing
                                                            Kiranas to survive
       Business          10      financialexpress.com                           hub for the world, organised retail will also help create huge employment
                                                          retail onslaught: PwC opportunities, introduce newer products in the market and create lasting                  ***       Rajesh Varma     17-Dec-08
     Development,
D.                                                                              relationships between farmers/producers and the industry, says the report,
   Strategy & Import/                                                           which was in released association with Confederation of Indian Industry here
         Export                                                                 on Tuesday.
                                                                                Onion exports are likely to dip by 20 per cent in December compared to
                                                                                shipments in November due to increase in minimum export price of the
                                                                                commodity by $75 a tonne (about Rs 3,700 a tonne) and late crop arrivals.
                                                          Onion exports likely India exported an estimated 1,00,000 tonnes of onions in November, about 70                          Manish Gupta /
                         11    thehindubusinessline.com
                                                            to dip 20% in Dec per cent rise from 58,800 tonnes in the same month last year. However,                      **         Vishal Abrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                     11-Dec-08
                                                                                volumes of the shipments may decline by about 20,000 tonnes this month, a
                                                                                senior official with the Nationa l Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation
                                                                                (Nafed) said.
                                                                                While there has been significant growth in the output of potato since
                                                                                Independence, the country lacks infrastructure to penetrate overseas
                                                            Processed potato,   processed vegetables markets, a senior official with the Central Potato
                                                                                Research Institute (CPRI) on Monday said. “Since 1949-50, there has been
                         12      financialexpress.com      lucrative option for phenomenal increase in potato-grown area (547%), yield (267%) and output                  **        Manish Gupta      9-Dec-08
                                                                  farmers       (146%),” SK Pandey, director, CPRI, said. He said that the potato output is
                                                                                expected to be around 29 million tonne in 2008-09, against around 25 million
                                                                                tonnes achieved last year
                                                                                The Bharti Wal-Mart Training Centre, India’s first special skills training centre
                                                                                aimed at bridging the shortage of skilled workers for cash-and-carry and
                                                                                organized retail formats was inaugurated today in Amritsar, Punjab by Sardar
                                                                                Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab.The Bharti Wal-Mart Training
                                                              Punjab Chief      Centre is located at the Government Institute of Garment Technology (GIGT)
                                                          Minister Inaugurates Amritsar, which is run by the Department of Technical Education, Punjab
                                                                                Government.Enrollments for the inaugural batch of students at the Training
                         13        IndiaPRwire.com          Bharti Wal-Mart     Centre are now open. Bharti Wal-Mart has set up a dedicated help line service             ***         Mona Rai       13-Dec-08
                                                            Training Centre in for interested candidates at 0183-3222944. The Bharti Wal-Mart Training
                                                                 Amritsar       Centre is expected to train approximately 125 candidates each month. All
                                                                                enrolled candidates will be awarded 100% scholarships. Certification for floor
                                                                                assistants and sales assistants will be two week half-day programs with an
                                                                                additional week-long program for supervisors. Those opting for front-end retail
                                                                                jobs will be required to attend a week-long program
                                                                           KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                         Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                          Period: 1st
                                                                         December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                Strategic
                                                                                                                                                           Implication                    Reporting
No   Category   S.No         Source                News Headline                                             Details                                                     Reported by
                                                                                                                                                            and News                        Date
                                                                                                                                                              Rating
                                                                      Acme Cold Chain Solutions Ltd displayed vegetable carts with refrigerators at
                                                                      Agro Tech 08 on Saturday. The cart, which has a refrigerator to provide the
                                                                      appropriate temperature to vegetables and fruits, will soon be launched under
                                                   Refrigerated       the name direct to home (DTH).“The cart has been a success in Noida and
                                                  vegetable cart      Gurgaon. We now plan to introduce it in Amritsar after which, we will bring it to
                 14       freshplaza.com
                                                displayed at Agro     Chandigarh,” said Vinod Dhingra, local manager of the company. He added                  **        Rajesh Varma      2-Dec-08
                                                                      that they are receiving good response from retail outlets who are demanding
                                                      Tech 08
                                                                      these carts. Ranjit Singh, a farmer said: “The technology will help combat fruits
                                                                      and vegetables from being spoiled. It will also help urban hawkers minimise
                                                                      their losses
                                                                      Rentals for retailers have dropped by as much as 40 per cent in key cities
                                                                      across the country even as mall owners are devising alternative survival
                                               Retail rent dips 40%, strategies to beat the slowdown. Worse, rentals are expected to drop further in
                                                                      the next six months in key metropolises, experts say.some parts of Bangalore.
                                                   realtors work
                 15    business-standard.com
                                                 overtime to beat
                                                                      For upcoming malls, indications are that the rent to revenue ratio would see a
                                                                      dip from 40-50 per cent to 25 per cent in the next few months,” said J Suresh
                                                                                                                                                               **        Rajesh Varma      5-Dec-08

                                                       slump          CEO of Arvind Brands, which is the retail division of Arvind Mills and has
                                                                      licensing relationships with international brands such as Arrow, Gant,
                                                                      Cherokee and a joint venture with VF.
                                                                      Faced with the unexpectedly sharp slowdown in economic activity, retailers
                                                                      have begun to opt for smaller and niche formats rather than the large and
                                                                      hyper formats. This means shop sizes now will be between 800 and 5,000 sq
                                                                      feet, rather than huge flagship and experiential tores.companies say that the
                                               Small is beautiful for                                                                                                    Manish Gupta /
                 16        livemint.com                               return on investments (RoI) is high in smaller formats as against a bigger retail
                                                 retailers in gloom area. Retailers such as Reliance Retail, Future Group’s Big Bazaar and                     **         Rajbir Singh
                                                                                                                                                                                          18-Dec-08

                                                                      Bharti’s Easy Day are moving ahead with smaller formats, especially in the
                                                                      fashion and furnishing segments apart from the food and grocery segments.

                                                                     Several value retailers have cut prices by over 15% across specific product
                                                Value retailers cut  categories to trigger spending in a challenging consumer environment.
                                                                     Big Bazaar, D'Mart, Spencer's, Food Bazaar, among other retailers, have
                                                prices of pvt labels;
                 17             ET
                                                 FMCG cos yet to
                                                                     begun cutting prices in product categories like apparel, home products, foods
                                                                     (private labels) to lure consumers. In the wake of softening commodity prices
                                                                                                                                                               **        Rajesh Varma     17-Dec-08

                                                       budge         and recent excise duty cuts, input costs have dropped by roughly 25-30% in
                                                                     several categories
                                                                     The EU’s import tariffs for bananas break global trade rules, according to a
                                                                     ruling this week from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO believes
                                                 WTO condemns        the regulations put some Latin American countries at an unfair disadvantage
                 18        freshinfo.com        European banana      against former French and British colonies, it emerged on Wednesday.As
                                                                     reported on Associated Press, the ruling bears out a decision taken in April by
                                                                                                                                                               **        Rajesh Varma      1-Dec-08
                                                       tariffs
                                                                     the WTO that called on the EU to change its duties in line with global
                                                                     commerce rules.
                                                                     The report on the impact of organised retail on small shop owners, released in
                                                                     parliament by the Delhi-based think tank Indian Council for Research on
                                                                     International Economic Relations (Icrier), said the retail business in the country
                                                                     would grow at 13 percent annually from $322 billion in 2006-07 to $590 billion
                                                Unorganised retail in 2011-12. The unorganised retail industry was valued at $309 billion in 2006-
                 19        thaindian.com         sector to grow to   07. However, given the relatively weak financial state of the unorganised                 ***       Rajesh Varma     22-Dec-08
                                               $496 bn in four years retailers and the space constraints on their expansion prospects, this sector
                                                                     alone will not be able to meet the growing demand, the report said. Hence, the
                                                                     organised retail that now constitutes a small four percent of the total industry is
                                                                     likely to grow at a much faster pace of 45-50 percent per annum and quadruple
                                                                     its share in total retail trade to 16 percent by 2011-12, the Icrier said
                                                                                  KHET-SE AGRIPRODUCE INDIA (P)
                                                                                Volume : 27/2008
                                                                                                                 Period: 1st
                                                                                December 2008 to 31st December 2008                                                         Strategic
                                                                                                                                                                           Implication                  Reporting
No        Category        S.No        Source               News Headline                                                Details                                                          Reported by
                                                                                                                                                                            and News                      Date
                                                                                                                                                                              Rating
                                                                                Indicating a further set back in retail sector, Reliance Retail, a subsidiary of India's
                                                                                largest private company Reliance Industries, is planning to show door to around 900
                                                         Reliance Retail to     workers in its land acquisition and statutory clearance teams across the country,
                           1       siliconindia.com    give pink slips to 900   reported The Financial Express. urces mentioned that around half the employees slated          **        Rajesh Varma    5-Dec-08
                                                                staff           to lose their jobs are on the company rolls while the balance are with outsourced
                                                                                agencies providing support services. The move is clearly indicating that the company
     HR / Recruitment /                                                         does not plan any major land acquisition in near future.
E.    Hiring & People
                                                                                The U.S. retail industry slashed 91,300 jobs in November, the biggest monthly loss in
         Movement                                                               the sector since April 1956, as merchants close stores and reduce sales help as it faces
                                                         USA : RETAIL
                                                                                what may be the weakest holiday season in decades. It also marked the 12th
                                                       INDUSTRY LOSES
                           2     timesrecordnews.com
                                                         91,300 JOBS IN
                                                                                consecutive month of retail job reductions. The dismal job news came a day after               **        Rajesh Varma   19-Dec-08
                                                                                retailers - with Wal-Mart a notable exception - reported the weakest month in at least
                                                          NOVEMBER              39 years. Overall, the nation's employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34
                                                                                years, pushing the unemployment rate to a 15-year high of 6.7 percent.
                                        Count your FIBRES Points :
               Newsletter no.        SB PPK RK PP PV MR    MG RV RSP       JJ   SV MJ    MM
                    Vol -1             x x   x  x  x  x      x   x    x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol - 2            x x   x  x  x  x      x   x    x     x    x   x     x
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                     Vol -8            x x   x  x 10  x      x   x    x     x    x   x     x
                     Vol -9            x x   x  x  x  x      x   x    x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol -10           40 x   x  x  x  x      x   x    x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol -11           40 x   x  x  x 30     20   x    x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol -12           10 x   x  x  x 40     70   x    x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol -13           10 x   x  x  x 10     70   x    x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol -14            x x   x  x  x  x     80   x    x     x    x   x     x
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                    Vol -16           20 x   x  x  x 60     90   x    x     x    x   x     x
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                    Vol -18            x x   x  x  x 20    100 80     x     x    x   x     x
                    Vol -19           10 x   x  x  x 80    330 100 30       x    x   x     x
                    Vol -20            x x   x  x  x 50    300 170 260     60   10   x     x
                    Vol -21           30 x  10 x   x 40    520 350 810     10    x   x     x
                    Vol - 22          50 x   x  x  x 60    300 180 360      x    x   x     x
                    Vol -23           20 x   x  x  x 30    320 140 390      x    x   x     x
                    Vol -24            x x   x  x  x 50    500 300 290      x    x  70     x
                    Vol -25           30 x   x  x  x 50    430 310 210     10    x  20    50
                    Vol -26            x x   x  x  x 50    400 310 240      x       10    60
                    Vol -27           10 x   x  x  x 50    200 580 310      x    x  10    70
                    Vol -28           10 x  10 x   x 40    300 440 420      x    x  10    20
            FIBRES Points earned     290 0  20 0 30 780   4170 3000 3320   80   10 120   200
Info compiled by : Prashant Pandey
   SB     Mr. Subroto Banerji
  PPK     Mr.Pravin P Khambaswadkar
  RK      Mr.Ravinder Kashid
   PP     Mr. Prashant Pandey
   PV     Ms.Pragya Verma.
  MR      Ms.Mona Rai
  MG      Mr.Manish Gupta
   RV     Mr.Rajesh Varma
  RSP     Mr. Rajbir Singh
   JJ     Mr. Jomy Joseph
   SV     Mr. Shiv Kant Verma
  MJ      Mr. Martin Jojo
  MM      Mr. Mohit Maini
   VA     Mr. Vishal Abrol
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Process involved in assigning ratings and then processing the shortlisted news articles.

GATE-1 Collection of Information
            News stories will be monitored every week in major Indian media. We will monitor and

            The nation's circulating newspapers eg. Hindu, Financial express,Business Standard , Econo

            The news channels eg.NDTV, CNBC, Times Now , etc.

            The weekly news magazines eg. Food and Beverages , Agriwatch , Annual Reports , Chairm

            We will also include stories sent to us by the volunteers like stories from other media, or stori

            News articles will be identified by daily monitoring of the major media outlet websites using a

GATE-2 In order for the news article to be eligible for newsletters, the article should
            Be relevant to the management and the business of Fruits and Vegetables..
            Discuss an intervention that is intended for use in Fruits and Vegetables sectors and Retail..
            Make explicit or implicit claims about the movement of the competitors and their plans.



GATE-3       Sl No. Rating Criteria                                            Stars /Rating

                1    News of immediate impact and actions to be taken.           *****
                2    News of importance having long term impact                  ****
                     News of development happening in the market
                3
                     place.                                                       ***
                4    News of Relevance.                                            **
                5    Good to know news.                                            *
GATE-4   Discussion of all the five stars rated news in the monthly meeting .

                                   News Categories
            A     Sourcing , Prices & General F&V News
            B     Govt Policies, Duties , Subsidies, New Scheme & Initiatives
            C     Competition & Organised Retail
            D     Business Development . Strategy & Import/ Export
            E     Marketing / Branding
            F     HR / Recruitment & Moves
            G     Miscellenous
NDIA (P) LTD.
                            Newsletter Rating Criteria




a. We will monitor and select from the following:

siness Standard , Economic Times.TOI etc.



Annual Reports , Chairmans Speech etc.

om other media, or stories that we might miss.

 outlet websites using a google searches.

rs, the article should:
 tables..
bles sectors and Retail..
rs and their plans.

								
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