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INDIA 2016 : Mango hub goes the organic way

Updated: March 23, 2016 05:57 IST


Mango trees in full bloom at Muthalamada in Palakkad. The Ashrayam Rural Development Society has started an initiative to make value-added products from organically cultivated mangoes.–Photo: K. K. Mustafah

Value-added mango products to hit market soon

 In a welcome initiative to shrug off the dubious legacy of Kerala’s mango capital Muthalamada as a toxic hub where orchards indiscriminately spray high-end pesticides on fruits, a grassroots-level initiative is now taking place with women of the panchayat getting training in processing and making value-added products using organically cultivated mangoes. 

Half-a-dozen such mango-based products would hit the Kerala markets on the occasion of Vishu, the harvest festival.

“We began the initiative in Pothanpadam village by training 20 women to make pickle using both fresh mangoes and dried mangoes. They are also trained to make mango pulp, mango jam, ready-to-consume mango drinks and mango-based conf…

What the US exports to the rest of the world

By: Justin Fox 

 Mar 21 2016 at 12:00 PM 
International Trade

When it comes to stuff, the U.S. buys a lot more from the rest of the world than the rest of the world buys from it. The country last ran an overall trade surplus in 1975, and there are few signs that it will stop running big trade deficits anytime soon. Still, there is an area where the U.S. runs large and growing trade surpluses: non-stuff, also known as services.

These services surpluses are still swamped by the goods deficits—but not by nearly as much as in the 2000s.

When you go beyond trade to the current account, which throws in various other cross-border flows of income, there’s another source of surplus. The U.S. brings in a lot more income from investments overseas than foreigners get out of investments in the U.S.—$201.5 billion more in 2015, compared with a services trade surplus of $219.6 billion. 

Almost all of this surplus comes from direct investments by corporations (as opposed to portfolio investments by money m…