This time is the peak time for salt harvesting but the atmosphere in many salt evaporation ponds in the province is not very buoyant. Under the sultry heat of May, Mrs. Huynh Thi Nam, a 53-year-old salt farmer in Hamlet 4 in Long Son Commune in Vung Tau City, was shoveling salt to a handcart to transport salt to the shore. Pointing at a huge pile of salt, she said that it is the working result of her and her husband in seven months on 1.2 hectares of rented salt-farming land. After paying the landlord 15 tons of salt, the couple has around 35 tons of coarse salt left. However, the price of salt this year is low, at around VND500 per kilogram, merely half of that in the previous year so salt farmers suffer huge losses. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province admitted that the salt production of this year was more than 47,690 tons, achieving 86.8 percent of the plan. Due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, salt consumption markets of … [Read more...] about Salt farmers in need of financial support
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India’s wheat farmers sell their grain exclusively by law at these wholesale markets to commission agents, which sell it on to state buyers and private traders. The commission agents usually employ armies of labourers to unload, clean, weigh, pack and re-load millions of wheat sacks onto tractor trolleys that then ferry it to government and private warehouses. … [Read more...] about India’s farmers gather record wheat crop, but cannot move it
By Sreeraman Thiagarajan A couple of decades ago, buying and selling shares meant you needed two things - financial acumen in capital markets and importantly, a healthy vocal cord to participate in ‘open outcry’ at the pit inside a stock exchange. Now there’s an app for it. But how we came here is an interesting lesson in innovation and platform play. Platform play is a de-facto vision and road map for most product companies today. It stems from the proven model of controlling information between demand and supply and finding multiple arbitrage in between. Ecommerce websites, job portals, stock exchanges, app stores, music streaming apps, commodity trade portals, are great examples of platform play. But rarely have we seen incumbents build a platform or marketplace, and if they do so, they accrue the wrath of supply side players and status quo loving old timers, who don’t mind losing an eye, as long as their opponent loses both. The past few weeks as been … [Read more...] about A lesson coated with turmeric: What the 140-year old BSE can teach us about innovation
As far as question one goes, I had the answer—a vigorous, enthusiastic yes—long before meeting the mango hombre. Barely an hour south of Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport, I asked my driver to pull off the toll highway on the edge of La Marquesa National Park, remarkable for its towering conifers and green glades. In the village of La Marquesa, the place to rent an ATV or horse, I found a taco stand, which is to say a shedlike structure so rickety as to invite a tornado. In front of it stood a beat-up stove on top of which sat a shoulder of pork braising in hot manteca (lard). I sat and ordered. Plastic cutlery arrived, followed by a container of chopped onion and cilantro. A woman laid down a paper plate with two warm tortillas cradling chunks of pork. I dressed the taco, expecting it to be terrible, mentally rehearsing the apologetic hand gestures I would use as I sprinted from taco-stand squalor back to the car. Instead, the taco was not only … [Read more...] about A Culinary Tour to Answer the Age-Old Question: Why Is Mexican Food So Good?
But such far-reaching conspiracies were not always fringe. Michael Butter, professor of American Literary and Cultural History at the University of Tübingen, says that between the 17th century and the 1950s, such fantastic stories were a universally accepted way of understanding the world. At the time, the theories most often were about subversives trying to undermine established power. Today the script has been flipped, meaning the all-powerful state and its mastermind cronies want to control the humble citizen. … [Read more...] about Latest conspiracy theories repeat old stories