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

Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Communities have across diverse ecological and sociopolitical contexts devised myriad ways over time to harvest and manage water in order to sustain their lives and practice agriculture. Many of these systems (1) continue to function and are often more sustainable, cost-effective and successfully managed by local institutions. Phads are one such community-based and managed diversion irrigation management system… Read More Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Ahar pynes can help revive agriculture in south Bihar

An in depth account of the indigenous floodwater harvesting system prevalent in South Bihar and the need to undertake its renovation & management. Ahar pynes are traditional floodwater harvesting systems indigenous to South Bihar [1], and have been the most important source of irrigation in this region. Ahars are reservoirs with embankments on three sides… Read More Ahar pynes can help revive agriculture in south Bihar

ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

ज्ञान का मार्ग सदा ही सफलता की कुंजी है | इस पथ पर चलने वाले को भले ही कभी ठोकर खानी पड़े, परन्तु कभी हार का सामना नहीं करना पड़ता | इसको ही मूल मंत्र बनाकर महज 25 साल के बिरेन्द्र महतो ने अपना मार्ग खेती की ओर प्रशस्त किया है | स्थानीय संस्थान से… Read More ज्ञानार्जन से जीविकोपार्जन

Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar

Immediate context: Year 2015-16 drought Per official data[i] (Central Government’s submission before Supreme Court) till April 19, 2016 a quarter of India’s population (33 crores people in 2,55,923 villages, 254 districts, 10 states) was drought[ii] hit. The Supreme Court Bench was hearing a petition filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, which stated that not enough attention is… Read More Strategies for managing droughts: Background note for a Seminar

Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note

In India a large proportion of farm land is with small holders.  The small holders eke out their livelihood by cultivating their small holdings, rearing livestock utilizing common lands and common water resources, in conjunction with income from tree produce and from wage labour. Even though productivity of small holdings is more in comparison to… Read More Making smallholder farming sustainably viable – A background note