Demand falls as synthetic vanilla continues to be widely used in food items
The bridge linking Maradu and Thripunithurathat is nearing completion.
MUVATTUPUZHA: In the absence of support from the State and Central governments, vanilla farmers in the State are neck deep in crisis.

Though many value-added products can be made from natural vanilla, farmers are finding the going tough since synth

Madagascar's vanilla producers expect that a double hit from destructive cyclones and a deadly political crisis will cut output of the food flavouring and hurt buyers' confidence during the 2009-2010 season.

Three tropical cyclones have torn across the Indian Ocean island since January damaging crops while producers fear that a power struggle will prompt importers to buy from elsewhere.

Vanilla Growers Association of India and National Horticulture Board will organise a national seminar and exhibition on vanilla at Open Air Theatre Pilikula Nisargadhama on February 14 at 3 pm.

Rajesh Ravi

Jacob Sebastian no longer wants to invest in his vanilla plantation. He still has more than 1,000 vanilla plants intercropped in his half hectare (ha) rubber plantation in Kerala's Kottayam

The technology challenge Labelling or mandatory use of natural vanilla will go a long way to promote this crop. But this step will be incomplete unless accompanied with technologies to cure and

In 2004, with the market crashing around them, vanilla farmers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu came together with the help of the Spices Board of India to form a cooperative called Vanilla India

Going Indian natural Eco Agri Research Foundation (EARF), based in Mysore, Karnataka, has got the fair trade certificate by the UK-based Fairtrade Labelling Organisation International (FLO).

Technologies for turning green beans to essence It is during curing that glucovanillin

Is our ice cream natural or synthetic? The 2005 Export-Import Bank of India (exim bank) study on vanilla and its potential in India says that labelling laws for ice cream can create a viable