A paper by Srijit Mishra probes into alternative methods of agriculture that would require less credit while also addressing other concerns on the agricultural crisis as also the agrarian crisis. Zero budget natural farming is discussed in particular. “It has been a matter of concern that the smallholders (includes marginal and small farmers) who have… Read More Is zero budget natural farming an answer to the farm crisis?
The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to increase the number of farmers getting agro-meteorological advisory to 40 million from the current level of 24 million by next month. Minister for earth sciences and science and technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced this today at a press conference to mark the completion of four years… Read More Agromet advisories to reach more farmers
A research by M Rodell et al published online in Nature this week suggests groundwater depletion in India. The study points that unsustainable water use in India is threatening agricultural production and raising the spectre of a major water crisis. Matthew Rodell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the Gravity… Read More India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study
An impact assessment of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) program indicates had most impact on women’s empowerment, access to microfinance, increase in livestock production and high cost debt reduction, while lesser impact on augmentation of natural resources, increase in agricultural production and infrastructure development. The DAY-NRLM program was launched in June,… Read More Women empowered, but augmentation of natural resources limited
देश के कुल कृषि श्रमिकों की आबादी में करीब 37 प्रतिशत महिलाएं हैं। लेकिन, खेतीबाड़ी में उपयोग होने वाले ज्यादातर औजार, उपकरण और मशीनें पुरुषों के लिए ही बनाए जाते हैं। अधिकतर उपकरण महिलाओं की कार्यक्षमता के अनुकूल नहीं होते हैं। वैज्ञानिकों द्वारा महिलाओं के अनुकूल उपकरण और औजार बनाए जाने की पहल से यह… Read More महिलाओं के अनुकूल कृषि मशीनीकरण की नई पहल
There seems to be no scientific or governmental consensus at the national and state level on approved uses of pesticides. According to the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), the licence for manufacture, formulation and sale of pesticides are to be dealt with at the state level. The CIBRC maintains a list on its… Read More Dangerous misuse of pesticides
Indians are under great danger from the ill effects of Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide,manufactured largely by the agrochemical seed corporation Monsanto under the trade name Roundup – said Santanu (better known as Tony) Mitra at an event organised by Bhoomi Ka at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi, on 10th May. The speaker is… Read More Why should Indians worry about glyphosate?