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first_imgSome of Nova Scotia’s largest employers are hitting the road with provincial government representatives in an effort to bring ex-patriates back to work at home. Halifax Regional Municipality, Maritime Forces Atlantic, EastLink, Dexter Construction, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Capital District Health Authority and the Public Service Commission are among the employers that will connect with job-seekers at a series of Opportunities Nova Scotia events in major cities across Canada. The initiative is being organized by the provincial government and builds on a series of similar events that were held within the province last spring. The local events connected 95 employers with more than 4,500 job seekers. “This initiative is in keeping with the province’s 4R strategy aimed at recruiting, repatriating, retaining and retraining Nova Scotia’s workforce,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “This initiative will give ex-patriates and others the chance to live and work in the best province in Canada.” Opportunities Nova Scotia will take place in Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary, and Edmonton between Nov. 5 and Nov. 15. A virtual recruitment campaign has been created to accompany the networking events, giving ex-patriates living across the country the chance to connect with employers through on-line job postings. “There are many great opportunities right here in Nova Scotia, and we want to get out there and tell Canadians about them,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “By bringing together some of Nova Scotia”s top businesses, who are prepared to win employees in a very competitive climate, we can demonstrate the strength of our economy and show that there are high quality jobs available right now in Nova Scotia.” The Department of Education has hired human resources consultants The People Bank to facilitate the events and run the online recruitment campaign. The People Bank will host Opportunities Nova Scotia offices in each city for five months around the events, enabling employers and job seekers to connect over the longer term. The province plans to promote Opportunities Nova Scotia phase II with Nova Scotia and city-specific advertising and publicity. Promotion will also include virtual postcards for Nova Scotians who want to notify their friends and family about the events, and e-mails targeting ex-patriates. Advertising in the province will kick off Saturday, Oct. 6. “Businesses are growing, and there are excellent positions here at home,” said Donald Rankin, director of human resources for EastLink. “We are pleased to join government and other progressive employers in connecting with ex-patriots and other interested Canadians about the exciting career possibilities in our province.” For more information on Opportunities Nova Scotia, see the website at www.opportunitiesns.ca .last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: E-commerce major Amazon Monday said it is expanding its ‘packaging-free shipment’ (PFS) programme, an India-first initiative, to nine cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur. The programme, under which orders are shipped in their original packaging without any secondary or additional packaging, will also be available in Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Noida, Chennai and Hyderabad. Through this initiative, Amazon aims to reduce the waste generated from secondary packaging of customer orders. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The program is one of many sustainability initiatives to help achieve Shipment Zero, the company’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero by 2030. The pilot began in July last year in Bengaluru when we delivered the relevant customer orders packaging-free and received positive feedback,” an Amazon India spokesperson said.The programme is applicable on certain orders based on pre-defined parameters like location of the customer, distance the order has to travel and the category of product ordered. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefProducts that are shipped packaging-free include automotive accessories, tech accessories, home and home improvement products, shoes and luggage. Liquids, fragile items, or products that need privacy are never shipped packaging free, the spokesperson said. Akhil Saxena, Vice President (Customer Fulfillment) at Amazon India, said feedback from customers had indicated that they are looking for more sustainable packaging solutions. “This has led to the new packaging innovation – delivering products packaging-free. Our investment in protecting the environment ensures a triple win — it is good for our planet, good for our customers and community, and good for the business,” he added. He said customers who receive their orders without secondary packing are informed of this initiative via email and also in a paper pouch placed on their physical shipment.last_img read more


first_imgDETROIT – Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 347,120 Sienna minivans worldwide — including 24,000 in Canada — because they can shift out of the “park” position and roll away.The recall involves Siennas from the 2005-2007 and 2009-2010 model years. Most are in the U.S. In addition to the models in Canada, Toyota also is recalling 13,000 in Mexico, 100 in Europe and 20 elsewhere.Toyota says the grease used in the shift lever assembly could transfer to other components, causing them to work improperly. In particular, the shifter can move out of “park” even if the driver isn’t pressing the brake pedal. It won’t move out of position if the parking brake is activated.Toyota won’t say if it knows of any accidents related to the defect.The company will notify owners by mid-December. Dealers will repair the vehicles for free.last_img read more


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FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Nicole Kelly, right, interviews Justin Rushing for a server job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for July. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 8:42 am MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: US services firms register slowest growth since 2010 WASHINGTON – U.S. services companies grew last month at the slowest pace in more than six years, a private survey finds.The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index fell to 51.4 last month from 55.5 in July. The August reading was the lowest since February 2010, and last month’s 4.1-point drop was the biggest since November 2008 when the U.S. economy was in a recession. Still, anything above 50 signals growth, and services firms have now expanded for 79 straight months.New orders and hiring grew more slowly in August. Export orders fell. Eleven services industries reported growth in August; seven, including retailing, contracted.Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, said the report is the latest that shows the economy was “noticeably weaker than expected” in August. He says the ISM services reading gives the Federal Reserve another reason to delay an interest rate increase at its September meeting.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ the vast majority of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial companies.Services companies have continued to grow despite a less-than-stellar U.S. economy. Last Friday, the Labor Department reported that employers added a modest 151,000 jobs in August. Of those, almost all — 150,000 — were generated by private services firms. Factories cut 14,000 jobs last month, and the ISM said its manufacturing index contracted in August for the first time since February.Overall economic growth slowed sharply starting late last year. From April through June, the economy expanded at a lukewarm annual pace of 1.1 per cent, dragged down by the third straight quarterly drop in business investment. The investment slump partially reflects cutbacks in the energy industry in the face of low oil and gas prices. read more


first_imgRockmore International will officially unveil its new Vector Rod System to the North American construction and aggregate industries at the upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 exhibition in Las Vegas in March 2017. Conceived to be a major breakthrough in improving performance and service life of extension drill tools in surface and underground percussive drilling applications, the new line of drill tools promises tremendous advantages in productivity and reliability.“After several years of intense research and development followed up with monitored field tests in various ground conditions, Rockmore engineers developed a new thread design, XT, for the Vector Rod System. The new XT design incorporates revolutionary new guided cylindrical contact zones between the male and female thread joints. These guided surface features are located in the nose and rear of the thread connections and serve various benefits and improvements over traditional threads.”The XT thread profile is based on the traditional trapezoidal “T” thread design and is therefore compatible with industry standard thread types such as T38, T45, and T51. Thus, one can interchange and connect standard “T” style threaded components with the new XT thread, although the guiding advantages aforementioned would be neglected. For example, a T45 threaded bit or shank adapter can be connected to a XT45 threaded rod with full compatibility.“In order to achieve the full engineered benefits of the XT thread, however, one must consider the drill string as a system of connections between the shank adapter, rods, and the bit in extension drilling applications. Thus, the XT thread design employed in the Vector Rod System enables many performance and reliability benefits leading to major overall cost savings in the drilling cycle.”“We specifically targeted to increase thread service life while enhancing drilling performance in extension drilling applications,” says Pejman Eghdami, Executive Vice President of Rockmore International, in explaining the goal of developing the Vector Rod System. The dual cylindrical contact zones in the nose and rear of the XT threads significantly increase the lateral support between thread joints and stabilise the connections with more rigidity to provide better energy transfer. The enhanced thread support and geometry extends thread life and increases the overall component service life of the shank adapters, rods, and bits with XT threads that comprise the Vector Rod System.Because the XT thread guide feature improves thread alignment, the impact duration when “rattling” rods, as required in uncoupling connections, is minimised. This leads to lower wasted energy transmission, cooler couplings on rods, and ultimately to longer rod life. Thread grease is also better retained on the thread pitches resulting from the new XT geometry, further increasing thread life in all XT components.Another cited key advantage of this rod system over traditional threaded components is providing straighter holes and minimising its deviation, so inherently critical in modern drill and blast techniques. The guided XT thread feature increases the rigidity and stability of the connections between the shank adapters, rods, and bits so significantly that overall rod bending is minimised and hole straightness improved. In fact, this improvement allows for larger and deeper blast holes to be achieved using existing rod diameters, but only by converting to XT threaded components. In underground mining long-hole and production applications where up to thirty rod connections are common, hole deviation can be reduced substantially by using Vector Rods.Eghdami comments that “As a major breakthrough for extension drilling systems, we have significantly improved drilling productivity and increased drill string lifetime by introducing new design features in the XT thread configuration. And just as important, the new XT design is fully reverse compatible with industry standard “T” style threads, enabling the Vector Rod System to be truly remarkable, yet a practical choice for premium drilling tools.”The Vector Rod System is offered in multiple configurations of button bits, MF rods, and shank adapters. These drill string components are available in XT38, XT45, XT51, and XT60 thread types, designed to improve drilling productivity and reduce extension drilling operating costs in surface and underground percussive drilling.last_img read more


first_imgOther potential suitors, according to another observer, could include Court Square Ventures (formerly Citigroup Venture Capital), Providence Equity or Bain & Company.“RBI is a low growth, mature business,” a source says. “They do have nice recurring revenue models but, in a difficult credit market like this, selling the company will be very hard.” Less than a week after Reed Elsevier announced plans to divest Reed Business Information, industry observers are already wondering about who RBI’s potential suitors could be, and how much the company could fetch on the market.On Friday, not long after Reed Elsevier made the announcement about RBI as part of its preliminary financial results statement for 2007, England’s Times newspaper reported that private equity firm Apax Partners may be a potential bidder. Apax owns Incisive Media and recently acquired Emap’s b-to-b group for $2 billion through a partnership with the Guardian Media Group. Apax and Incisive also bought U.S.-based ALM last year for $630 million. Some, however, are skeptical that Apax would be a serious bidder. “I think it’s pretty hard to imagine,” one media observer tells FOLIO:. “Apax just purchased Emap’s b-to-b group. Overall, considering the state of the credit market, there couldn’t be worse timing for Reed to sell an asset like this. It will be a long process.”There is no doubt, however, that the buyer will come from private equity, say observers. “RBI isn’t going to go to a company like UBM or Nielsen,” one source says. “Eventually, RBI will sell for about $2 billion. Maybe as high as $2.5 billion.”last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, September 29, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners are holding a Brewfest at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 1pm. Event ends at 4:30pm. The Brewfest will feature nearly 100 varieties of craft brews, unlimited 2 oz. samples, and complementary Oktoberfest fare of Bratwurst & Pretzels. Tickets cost $50.00 per person. Absolutely no admittance under 21 For tickets, contact Maribel at: mdeluca@alepposhriners.com or 978-657-4202 xxt. 216. Processed to support the Aleppo Shriners to help Shriners do what Shriners do best.In The Community: The Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10am to 3pm. Walk-ins welcomed.In The Community: The Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley Acappella Chorus is collecting donations of soft items from 9:30am to 11am at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). Soft items include clothes, shoes, hats, bags, and linens/towels. In conjunction with Savers of Wilmington, every bag dropped off at the Arts Center will help raise money for the chorus to help cover the costs of rehearsal space, costuming, coaching, music, transportation, and more.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_imgHouston’s in celebration mode as Astros fans welcome back their championship team! On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters, thousands are expected to turn out for today’s festivities in downtown Houston. We bring you live updates leading up to the parade.News 88.7’s Brien Straw joins us live from downtown Houston to describe the atmosphere, and News 88.7’s Florian Martin will check in with us from the parade route downtown. Then, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse joins us in the studio along with Jeff Balke, our regular weekly sports commentator who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. They discuss the last time Houston held a celebration of this magnitude around a huge sports win, the decision by HISD to cancel classes, how a championship impacts the attitudes of Houston sports fans and its players, and much more.Also this hour: We preview the National Women’s Conference. Our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad And The Ugly of this week’s news. And we meet the longtime public address announcer for the Astros, Bob Ford.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /61:41 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more


first_imgSo how good will this game look when it is released next year? Capcom is keen to show us and has released a bunch of comparison screenshots, all of which you can see in the gallery above.One thing to keep in mind is that, although the game clearly looks a lot better, these are early, static screenshots. There’s going to be a number of effects that add to the overall atmosphere alongside that surround sound and crisp 720p/1080p output.It’s worth noting that the comparison here is being done with the Wii port of the original game, not the PlayStation version. But regardless of which version you are coming from, if you enjoyed a playthrough years ago this is going to be a tempting re-purchase. All we need now is a release date beyond “coming 2015.” VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Resident Evil originalResident Evil originalResident Evil remasterResident Evil originalResident Evil remasterResident Evil originalResident Evil remasterResident Evil remasterResident Evil remasterResident Evil remaster Earlier this month Capcom announced that it had decided to remaster the original Resident Evil game first released in 1996. This update on a classic will be re-released on modern hardware, including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.Some may view it as a grab for cash, but the original game is now 18 years old, meaning there’s a lot of gamers out there who’ve never experienced Capcom’s survival horror. Now they can, and with a number of much needed enhancements.The gameplay is going to be left alone for the most part except for a few tweaks and fixed camera angle changes (that were annoying). The big difference for Resident Evil 2015 will come in the graphics department. The 4:3 aspect ratio is being joined by a widescreen TV-friendly 16:9 version. The visuals will be 720p for Xbox 360 and PS3, and 1080p for everything else. The sound is also being enhanced for all platforms to 5.1 surround, which will certainly add something to the experience.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The School Education department has guaranteed pay protection for the teachers who have post-graduate (PG) degree and are holding PG category post.These teachers are eligible to apply for the post of PG category if they are within the age limit of 40 years and will be entitled to get protection of their last drawn pay. A notification in this regard, undersigned by the Principal Secretary of School Education department, has been published. The matter regarding the pay protection of in-service assistant teachers appointed afresh by the West Bengal Central School Service Commission under graduate or PG category has been under active consideration of the department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA teachers’ organisation had met state Education minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly last month, with their demand for pay protection and the minister had assured them that it was under consideration of the department. It may be mentioned that earlier the department had declared that teachers belonging to PG scale should not appear for examination again to seek transfer to a place near his/her residence. Similarly, teachers of graduate scale were also prevented to sit for examination of the same scale, but were allowed to do so for achieving PG scale. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe department had reasoned that with the provision of transfer to nearby places already available, such teachers need not appear for examination. However, a section of teachers had moved court challenging the order and got the nod of the court for appearing in such examinations. These teachers were recruited in their new posts by the department, but their seniority was not considered in the pay scale. They were drawing salary (initial pay) on the basis of their new post. These teachers have been pitching for pay protection and have made rounds to the Education department to press for their demand in the last few months. “The same principle of pay protection will be applicable for the teachers holding pass graduate degree and pass graduate category of post to apply for the post of pass graduate category of teachers. It will also be applicable for teachers of government-aided madrasas,” an official said.last_img read more


first_img February 6, 2012 422 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Freddie Mac Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-02-06 Ryan Schuette Nearly 85 percent of refinancing homeowners with first-lien loans maintained or reduced their current payments by paying in additional cash in the fourth quarter last year.[IMAGE]Of these, according to recent analysis by mortgage giant “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, 49 percent of borrowers slashed their principal payments by refinancing at current rates, compared with 37[COLUMN_BREAK]percent who preserved their payments.””Savvy homeowners are taking advantage of some of the lowest fixed-rates in more than 60 years to lock in interest savings,”” “”Frank Nothaft””:http://www.freddiemac.com/bios/exec/nothaft.html, VP and chief economist with Freddie, said in a statement.So-called “”cash-out”” borrowers ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô those who upped their loan balances by at least five percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô accounted for 15 percent of all refinance loans, the lowest percentage in the 26-year history of the GSE’s analysis.The share of activity undertaken by these borrowers has fallen in most metropolitan areas around the country, with the sharpest rates of decline taking place in Detroit and Miami. Thirty-year loans averaged about 1.4 percent in median interest rate reductions, saving about 26 percent in interest rates. Analysis found that median borrowers typically save around $2,700 in interest payments on loans worth $200,000.By comparison, “”cash-in”” shares rose in 10 major metropolitan areas, Freddie found.center_img Share Nearly Half of Refinancing Q4 Borrowers Reduced Paymentslast_img read more


first_img Safeguard Properties recently announced Jennifer Anspach, AVP of Human Capital, as HR Executive of the Year Finalist in the private companies category for Crain’s Cleveland Business’s 2017 Archer Awards, which recognizes those in Human Resources that have “hit the mark” and build companies with the best people, talent, development, and culture.Anspach has bettered Safeguard by implementing initiatives like work from home, part-time and flex schedules, casual dress code, wellness imitative, and career enhancement and tracking opportunities through goal development and training.Her background in accounting and thorough understanding of each of Safeguard’s service lines enables her to effectively manage recruitment strategies, employee relations, training, personnel policies, retention, and benefits programs.Since she too the leadership role in human resources three years ago, Anspach has been successful in reducing the company expense for health care premiums, as well as worker’s compensation, unemployment, and full-time employment requirements.“We congratulate Jennifer on being recognized for the significant role she plays leading our associates,” said Alan Jaffa, Safeguard’s CEO. “Over the past few years, Jennifer has worked diligently to ensure Safeguard is a premier workplace by establishing new employee policies and initiatives. She is always up for a challenge and deserves this recognition.” August 25, 2017 651 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing 2017-08-25 Joey Pizzolatocenter_img Jennifer Anspach of Safeguard Properties Named HR Executive of the Year Finalist Sharelast_img read more


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTo mark the arrival in the SWISS fleet of the Boeing 777-300ER, and as a core element of the new partnership, Breitling has worked with SWISS to create an exclusive limited-edition version of its iconic Navitimer watch.Breitling became SWISS’s ‘Official On-Board Timekeeper’ this year. As such, the company will have a strong presence on all SWISS flights, including those of its new fleet flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER.A 777 limited-edition exclusiveIn the special edition, which will be strictly limited to just 777 examples, the stainless-steel case will be combined with a black dial and a red second hand with a small aircraft at its tip. The exclusive Navitimer SWISS Boeing 777 Limited Edition will only be sold aboard SWISS flights, and will be available from March onwards at a price of CHF7077.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


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have no recourse to institutional credit subsidised inputs and insurance They cannot sell their product at minimum support price (MSP) because they cannot produce land papers; rents are varying and exorbitant; they have no rights on the land they can be evicted any time Representational image PTI But there is a model land leasing law And Madhya Pradesh passed a law It exists as a draft Not one state has acted on it Madhya Pradesh passed the Act; it never came out with the rules This is just a farce The so-called model Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act has been passed by so many states Nobody has put in the rules through which these laws can be implemented Today as an ethical buyer I am not able to buy directly from the farmer in a majority of the states I procure maize for big companies in Uttar Pradesh They say you cannot have your own collection centre I said I am buying at the farm gate so that the farmer does not have to take it to the mandi I am giving the farmer the same price he is getting in the mandi I am even willing to pay the mandi tax But at least the 4 percent to 6 percent that goes to an intermediate agent I can pass on to the farmer They say no So the farmer has to bring the produce to the mandi incurring the transport and labour cost You cannot look at the whole agricultural situation as one segment – let’s fix marketing let’s fix tenancy let’s fix credit let’s give a loan waiver Loan waivers are short term palliatives which certainly relieve distress But they have to be followed by a package of medium to long term policy inputs Why does the stress appear to have increased more recently In the last twenty-odd years the nature of our agricultural demand has totally transformed Twenty years ago 75 percent of the total value of agricultural GDP was contributed by grains pulses oil-seeds and 25 percent by high value agricultural products (horticulture fruits vegetables dairy poultry fisheries etc) Over a period of time as we have become relatively better off the demand has completely reversed So farmers have shifted from subsistence farming to commercial farming But the ecosystem that would support sustainable commercial farming does not exist – easy access to institutional credit affordable credit quick access to technology competitive markets a liberal external trade policy maybe new age instruments like futures hedging Take something as simple as price transmission There is no mechanism to know the real time prices of tomato in mandis in the ten top metros Today if I switch on my phone I can get a ticker with share prices of 2000 companies in BSE/NSE I do not get a real time ticker on agricultural prices Why not invest in that The needed reforms are well known Why have they not been implemented In Madhya Pradesh an agriculture predominant state where I worked most of my career 95 percent of legislators are the middle peasants They obviously favour policies that seek to perpetuate their local interests Most of them depend on mandi agents moneylenders to finance their election campaign maintain their constituency take care of their supporters In return they will plough back government contracts to them make sure that they get access to institutional credit from cooperatives get them placed in the mandi committee Obviously you don’t want to bring in Cargill and Monsanto and ITC in your mandi because the local guy is going to get affected Very soon these companies will demand transparent price discovery practices better governance procedures and more transparency So there is a combination of rent seeking political patronage and simply safeguarding of your interests and your supporters eNAM is also appeared to be designed to fail The day they said eNAM should be placed in the mandi I said it is dead in the water That is the compromise they said we have to make eNAM should have given competition and it should have been done very differently Is that why delisting fruits and vegetable from the APMC has not worked very well Yes Because that should have been accompanied by a policy package to attract private investment to set up new specialised market yards give them a level playing field They don’t want that Every state opposes the idea of private mandis Maharashtra claims they have set up some but those are largely for specialised products not general products ITC had e-chaupals e-chaupals got overtaken by technology When they came in Madhya Pradesh they had the unique advantage of having an internet connection At that time internet was not easily available mobile phones were not so common so farmers flocked to the e-chaupal largely to check on prices in neighbouring mandis And then mobile phones came and now everyone can check on prices on their own so it became an obsolete model But even as long as they were there were they being stymied by policy Oh yes ITC would only purchase what they could consume or needed; they were not allowed to do trading If they can’t do trading it doesn’t make sense They had to pay mandi fees though they were not operating from the mandi So there was no advantage of buying there They had to do a huge amount of paperwork and the mandi inspectors used to have inspection rights which was a rent seeking opportunity To be fair to our corporate sector each of the big houses tried it Apart from ITC Mahindra’s Shubh Laabh Tata Kisan Sansar DCM’s Hariyali Kisan Bazaar There was nothing wrong with these models Had they been given a level playing field with APMC some of them would have thrived They effectively sank hundreds of crores in these ventures But policy failed them And unless there is competition in the markets there’s not going to be any real value realisation for farmers The argument is that liberalising trade encouraging the private sector will hit the small farmers True 65 percent of farmers are marginal but you can prepare the most vulnerable to face this opening up Farms that are less than a hectare will not benefit from commercialisation unless efforts are made to consolidate land parcels collectivise farmers into producer groups and companies Why not invest in that In my little start up we are doing 200 acres of chilli farming and another 300 acres of onion farming on a very transparent basis – it is your land you are going to do the farming I’ll give a plan I will suggest the seed I will help you with sourcing the inputs I will buy back everything we will have a very transparent price benchmarking to the three nearest mandis and we’ll take the average of that price and I will take it from you at your farm gate and marketing is my problem Ultimately farmers will have to produce for the market and not market whatever they produce For that they will have to work with the front end players who know what the customer is demanding And this needs the right policies There should be a policy to incentivise farm-based companies to work in the back end give them tax breaks for some time Why do you still give tax breaks to Infosys for exporting software How come you are not giving it to agri-business companies who are working in a much higher risk area But there is no consensus within the system Someone will say suit-boot ki sarkar and someone else will get defensive We need to move beyond these politics We have to remove the Essential Commodities Act In pulses they impose stock limits Why don’t they invest in modern storage systems These are classic examples of ad hoc short term thinking The argument against allowing the private sector to put up silos etc is that this will lead to Hoarding I have always said bulk staples are not diamonds you can’t smuggle them out of the country You can have a system where every storage above a certain limit has to be reported to the government on a portal That’s understandable Society should know that at any point of time this is the stock that is held in the country Is this one of the reasons for the shortage-glut-shortage cycle that we are witnessing The lack of transparent data flows the complete of opacity of data to different categories of players Farmers are looking at neighbours and saying let’s plant onions this year last year he got a good price So we are over producing onion sometimes we are under producing tomato sometimes we are over producing potato In pulses the government said we must reduce dependence on imports Farmers responded Now prices have crashed You have not tweaked your import policy you are still allowing low cost imports to come in So make up your mind – do you want consumers to enjoy lower prices or do you want farmers to get decent prices How do we get out of this shortage-glut cycle It will require more than just information flows – you will have to open up your external trade policy Some of our products are internationally competitive They should be freely exported Occasionally if there is a shortage a price spike you can put in temporary export ban but it should not be done in this ad hoc manner And only if it is a major food crop I would not even do it for onion It’s so silly Will anyone starve for not eating enough onions This North Indian obsession with eating onions is being pandered to beyond reasonable limits Encouraging the food processing industry is being touted as one solution India is a country with a lot of vegetables Our uniqueness is that twelve months of the year it is possible to produce fresh agri produce and consume it Now please tell me are you going to eat tomato puree in a country where fresh tomatoes are available 365 days a year Why would you eat dehydrated onion when fresh onion is available all the time So we will never have processing as a solution to these surpluses Never The answer is better feedback on planning staggering timing spreading geographical distribution Let’s bring efficient supply chains You don’t have decent collection centres in the villages Everything that comes to Azadpur mandi from Hapur 40 km away comes in gunny sacks; they should come in crates Onions coming from Nashik to Delhi lose 2-3 percent weight because of the ambient conditions Singapore has a law that says you cannot transport fresh produce in an open truck it has to be a closed truck It need not be air-conditioned but it has to be a covered truck Do we need to prioritise marketing reforms Let’s work on the eco system at one go It has to start from the basic – let’s liberalise the land tenancy contract farming then input marketing reforms output marketing reforms credit market reforms and labour market reforms (The writer is a senior journalist She tweets at @soorpanakha) Read Abhijit Sen’s interviewon the problems facing the sugar sector: Part 1: Sugar Package: We Need To Cut Cane Acreage But That’s A Political Call Nobody Will Take Abhijit Sen Tells Firstpost Part 2 :Sugar Package: Most Mills Are Bad In Quality And Some Need To Be Rationalised Abhijit Sen Tells Firstpost “I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out. telling stories 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