Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

By: Joe Hill A recent study in Jharkhand showed that farmers are unaware of how to correctly use different chemicals and do not use any protective gear during the process. The deaths and hospitalisation of farmers in Maharashtra raises to the forefront the question of state government culpability for its negligence in regulating the pesticide sector. The… Read More Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

Manufacturers and state governments have done little to inform farmers about approved uses of pesticides and hazards of using illegal ones. The Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, provides information on approved uses of pesticides, dosages and waiting period of pesticides on its website. But a… Read More Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

Groundwater storage up in parts of India, says study

Positive confirmation on the replenishment of groundwater storage at a regional scale has been reported by a research team from IIT Kharagpur in collaboration with NASA scientists. Groundwater rejuvenation in parts of India was influenced by water-policy change implementation, the research suggests. The research reported by Nature Scientific Report in August 2017 comes as a… Read More Groundwater storage up in parts of India, says study

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