Is zero budget natural farming an answer to the farm crisis?

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?

India’s water stock shrinking, says NASA study

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

Women empowered, but augmentation of natural resources limited

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

महिलाओं के अनुकूल कृषि मशीनीकरण की नई पहल

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

Why should Indians worry about glyphosate?

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?