Tropical grasslands and savannas, although very large – both on a global scale and in India – and quite sensitive to climate change, are surprisingly understudied.
The recent proliferation of weekly farmers’ markets in urban areas is quite useful for consumers but their benefits to farmers are limited at best and cannot replace the practice of selling at wholesale yards.
Farmers with the smallest land holdings and landless agricultural labourers who need financial support do not have access to formal sources of credit and do not benefit from loan waivers.
The trend to “monetising” instead of “humanising” shockingly applies to the gender gap, a major social drama the world has faced since time immemorial.
Reserve Bank of India data shows that as of March 2016, the non-priority sector bad loans stood at Rs 4.1 lakh crore.
Criticism of Modi’s Economic Policies Within the Sangh Parivar Can Be Both Stringent and Wide-Ranging
From genetically modified crops to job and employment policies, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch has vocally opposed the Modi government’s decisions.
The cultivation of safflower for its oil is declining because farmers are not finding a ready market and are discouraged by low prices.
A closer look at the government crop insurance schemes shows that they have been of little help to distressed farmers.
Can we use technology to solve the problems of farmers and create a possible e-governance framework to solve issues scalable from a farm level perspective to the entire nation?
Despite near-normal monsoon rainfall in India coupled with record farm production, prices for agricultural commodities sank for most of the year.
Big Agriculture now employs its unethical marketing tactics to selling farmers “climate-smart” agriculture in the form of soils, seeds and chemicals.
Naidu’s statements come at a time when a spate of farmers suicides have rocked Indian polity and a number of agitations led by farmers are underway across various parts of the country.
Two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands and nearly 75% of agricultural land is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees.
As Tamil Nadu faces one of its worst ever droughts, farmers and experts in the state share some organic, low-cost hacks.
However much Modi tries to convince people that things are better today than in the pre-NDA era, his government has struggled to make considerable progress in most areas of India’s political economy.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
Community seed banks can enhance the resilience of farmers’ by securing access to diverse, locally adapted crops and varieties.
Only about 1.6% of the total waste generated by cities is being composted and fertiliser companies are reluctant to market it, saying it affects their fertiliser sales.
Apart from economic gains and increased production, mixed cropping has helped a Tamil Nadu farmer save on water for irrigation – a precious resource in the drought ridden region.
Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought.
The Indian Ocean Dipole phenomenon – which counters the impact of an El Nino – will have an incremental positive effect on the Indian monsoon, the chief said.
Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to boost incomes after falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilisers made agriculture unsustainable in the area.
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Researchers and farmer groups have lauded the KCR government’s proposals, but grass-roots level workers have questioned their sustainability, calling for a more holistic and eco-friendly approach instead.
Having been criticised in the past for failing to predict the monsoons correctly, IMD has said it has now improved its system.
Community managed rice banks which have replaced defunct government managed rice banks in several areas of Patna district in Bihar have released hundreds of Dalit families from the exploitative practices of powerful landlords by ensuring food security during the lean season
A Food and Agriculture Integrated Development Action program implemented independently through a health, education and employment center has transformed Nandangram village in West Bengal by growing high quality farm produce.
Abdul Khadar of Karnataka was awarded by the National Innovation Foundation for developing the device.
A study has found that conditions conducive to the spread of malaria are created when projects that cause land-use change and labour migration are kicked off.
Falling prices and a lack of adequate procurement centres have left tur producers grasping for a way out.
The researchers have now set their sights on developing software to calculate optimum fertiliser amounts for crop fields given other cultivation parameters.
Growing profusely in the state, jackfruit is no longer a neglected crop in God’s own country.
In a country where a majority of the population is engaged in increasingly unviable agriculture, shouldn’t politicians talk about the trade rules that make it so?
From women empowerment to soil health, the UID project, now more than ever, has become a crucial component of the Modi government’s governance agenda.
Mangal Singh continues to display the potential to install many of his turbines, which can lead to a useful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
The ‘drought fighter’ helps reduce fuel consumption, making crop cultivation cheaper and more efficient.
Residents of Hesatu village have raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without intervention from the state or civil society organisations.
The historic Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s vice chancellor spoke to The Wire about the state of Indian agriculture and what Indian youth and the government can do to improve things.
The rationales behind the surprise move – targeting black money, terror financing and building a cashless economy – have all failed to elicit results. Why then was this exercise undertaken at all?
The VNR-Bihi variety of guava, which often weighs more than half a kilo and has a long shelf life, is being grown by enthusiastic farmers across the country in large numbers for its handsome returns.