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.
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
And while the IITs have been in decline for many years now, some of the MHRD’s exclusivist policies are poised to drive them further into the ground.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
While the planned expenditure on irrigation is commendable, Gulati told The Wire, the major disappointment was the lack of talk on direct benefit transfers.
In many rainfall-scarce areas, groundwater has been exploited to plant water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, especially in Vidarbha and Rayalaseema.
As the agrarian distress mounts in Punjab, political parties have failed to address the issue in their campaigns even as they trade blame.
Partha and Rekha, who left their city jobs to become organic farmers, are now working to spread awareness on organic produce and make it accessible for all.
Dam-builders seldom keep their promises and the government has failed to stop their infrastructural orgies. We thus have a disease of gigantism on our hands crippling the Chambal’s ecology.
To say that ‘agriculture’ has failed to keep up with the growth that the country has witnessed in the last 15 years is a clever ploy to cover up the neglect that has kept farmers impoverished.
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In 2013-2014, the CPCB spent a mere Rs 8.14 crore on air-quality monitoring for the entire country and this amount was further reduced to Rs 5.45 crore in 2014-2015.
The impact of the contractionary demand shock triggered by the note ban will gradually radiate from cash-intensive activities to virtually every sector of the economy.
Chartered accountant K. Chitra gave up her comfortable job in the city to become an organic farmer. But the process of setting up and running a farm is far from easy, yet she perseveres in her goal to do something for society.
Farmers have little access to marketing facilities, making organic agriculture unviable for many, Dr Narsimhan told The Wire.
A large chunk of India’s farmers continue to depend on commission agents and not formal institutions for credit, thereby relying on cash.
Demonetisation has disrupted every stage of the processes that keep India’s large cotton and silk production-based economies churning.
More wind farms, electric cars and efficient lightbulbs, of course. But also lower taxes.
Congress and AAP aim to write off farm loans if they come to power in Punjab. But such measures will only be useful only if accompanied by policy reforms like a sustainable farming system and assured monthly income for farmers.
When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources.
In times of rural distress, it’s important that the debate around GM technology combines talks about food safety issues with their sociological ramifications.
The question to ask is whether it makes environmental sense or effects social justice to ship our dals from across the seas?
The challenge for policymakers is to establish a robust policy architecture that is flexible, forward-thinking and enables farmers to adapt to disruptions.
Hegde, a renowned environmental activist discusses living as a farmer, being a part of numerous social movements, and registering the slow transformation of the political and ecological terrain of Karnataka.
To give stagnant agricultural growth a boost, a shift must be made from concentrating on the country’s food security to focusing on the farmers’ income security.
The government did not implement the Swaminathan commission recommendation of an MSP set at 50% over cost as it feared “price distortions in markets”.
As the government is trying to organise its agriculture sector, given that foreign aid is slowly dwindling, a new artisan bakery in Kabul is attempting to tap into the economic potential of the Afghan naan.
If you want to escape civilisation and head into the unaltered wilderness you may be in for a shock: it doesn’t exist.
Men going to find jobs in India and the Middle East leaves the women to manage agricultural activities that were traditionally a man’s domain, a job made harder by extreme poverty, which is the result of floods, droughts or earthquakes.
Agriculture in the state needs a new paradigm, one that acknowledges the scarcity of interlinked resources and the costs of their use, and understands how they feature in farmers’ decision-making.
Given the increasing competition for water for different uses like agriculture and domestic supply, it is clear that such problems are likely to increase in the future.