PRESS DIGEST - India Commodity News - June 12

MUMBAI, June 12 (Reuters) - Indian newspapers carried the following stories in their print or Web editions on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Political unrest in Darjeeling has caused a 30 percent slump in tea production in the region, since the beginning of the new season. Darjeeling, which has 87 tea gardens, produced 9.5 million kg of tea in 2007.


* India exported 203,399 tonnes of tobacco worth 20 billion rupees in FY08, as against 180,988 tonnes valued at 17 billion rupees in FY07. Exports were up 12 percent in quantity and 17 percent in value.


* A fertiliser crisis is threatening to hit rubber and cardamom farmers in Kerala, with farmers complaining of acute shortage of the vital plant nutrient. Fertiliser companies blame a cash crunch and soaring global fertiliser prices for the shortage in supplies.

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Compiled by Nandita Bose; Editing by Sunil Nair