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
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?
A recent report by FAO ‘Soil pollution: A hidden reality’ flags soil pollution as one of the main soil threats affecting global soils and the ecosystems services provided by them. “Soil pollution” refers to the presence in the soil of a chemical or substance out of place and/or present at a higher than normal concentration… Read More Hidden dangers in soil
The seventh volume of the report of the committee on doubling farmers’ income, also known as Dalwai committee report examines how resource use efficiency and total factor productivity can be improved in the agricultural sector. Improvements in the multiple factors that result in the final output being more than the measure of input labour and… Read More Irrigation: Bridging the potential created and utilised
Earthworms are considered best friends of farmers, acting as engineers in soils. They are helpful in decomposition of waste, producing biofertilizers. Indian scientists have investigated the gut of earthworms to get an insight into why they are so efficient in helping decomposition. They have found that the gut of earthworms provides an ideal environment for… Read More Earthworm gut may offer new ways of efficient recycling of organic waste
On the 3rd April 2018, at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva called for healthier and more sustainable food systems. Observing that the focus on increasing production at any cost has not been sufficient to eradicate hunger, he said that… Read More Misuse of chemical pesticides in Jharkhand: What should be done?
Weeds are a persistent problem for farmers. A recent assessment by the Directorate of Weed Research shows that India loses crops worth 11 billion US dollar every year to these farm intruders. This study, published in journal Crop Protection, was carried out on 14 major crops and utilized data from 1581 on-farm research trials covering… Read More Climate change will exacerbate weed problem