Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana is often blamed for worsening air quality in the Delhi National Capital Region. Now a new study by scientists working in the US and India has found that impact of crop residue burning in the Northwest region can spread as far as central and southern states – Maharashtra,… Read More Crop residue burning in North India affects rest of India too: study
Excerpt from “Midcourse Manoeuvres: Community strategies and remedies for natural resource conflicts in India” by Kanchi Kohli, Meenakshi Kapoor, Manju Menon and Vidya Viswanathan, CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, New Delhi (2018): Land use change is a wicked problem for an aspirational economy like India. In the last three decades, the government has expanded the network… Read More Land use conflicts, the new norm in many places
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?
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
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