Farmers’ perception of hybrid rice in Jharkhand

A study by SPWD indicates that the use of hybrid seeds in rice raises concerns regarding the inputs required and their overall effect on human health, the soil and environment. The study titled ‘Effects of hybridisation on secondary characteristics of rice plants’ assesses the effects of rice hybridization, and its harmful effects on the quality… Read More Farmers’ perception of hybrid rice in Jharkhand

Grey water irrigation more profitable

Over the years the increasing population and urbanization has meant growing shortage of land for disposal of domestic grey water, indiscriminate cutting down of forests for biomass production and lesser availability of water irrigation. Indian researchers have found a one shot solution that can not only address all these three concerns but also generates more… Read More Grey water irrigation more profitable

Indian scientists say don’t blame nitrogen fertilizer for global warming

In a twist to climate change debate, Indian scientists have shown that there is a need to take into account cooling effects of nitrogen used in agriculture while assessing its overall ‘temperature change potential’ and not just its warming effect. In a recent study published in journal Scientific Reports, scientists have reported that net global… Read More Indian scientists say don’t blame nitrogen fertilizer for global warming

Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting… Read More Shifting cultivation under threat