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Briefs March 1, 2012

Teenagers killed on snowmobile

Killarney RCMP report two teenage girls were killed Feb. 27 when the snowmobile they were driving collided with a trailer parked on a farm property near Boissevain.

A 14-year-old girl from Boissevain and a 17-year-old girl, who was a student visiting from outside of Canada, were taken by emergency workers to hospital but both were deceased. Names have not been released.

India ministry to buy farmers’ wheat

new delhi/reuters/ The Indian government plans to buy 31.9 million tonnes of wheat in the marketing year from April 1, a Food Ministry statement said Feb. 21.

The buying target is 12.7 per cent higher than 28.3 million tonnes bought from farmers in 2011-12 as the world’s second-biggest producer is set to produce a record harvest in 2012.

Last week, Farm Minister Sharad Pawar said the country’s wheat output would cross the current official forecast of a record 88.31 million tonnes on favourable weather conditions.

India harvested a record 86.87 million tonnes of the grain in 2011.



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