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Twelth plan approach paper draft

he 12th Plan approach paper draft, recently cleared by the full plan panel meeting chaired by the PM, and is awaiting approval from the NDC, is now available at Planning Commission website. Good to see the right kind of emphasis on Soils and Rainfed Agriculture. It can be downloaded from this page:

Rice Advice: Videos on Managing Soil Fertility

Watch: More information: Produced by: Africa Rice Center Year: 2011 Language: English Related: Rice Advice: transplantation 14579 Views Rice Advice: Land Preparation 13483 Views Conseils aux riziculteurs: Tri de la semence 13809 Views Rice Advice: Well-dried seed is good seed 9804 Views Rice Advice: Effective weed management 10104 Views Rice Advice: The Seedbed 13211 Views Journey of the Soil 1881 Views The Gathering Storm: Swapping crops 6800 Views

The End of Poverty

The aphorism “The poor are always with us” dates back to the New Testament, but while the phrase is still sadly apt in the 21st century, few seem to be able to explain why poverty is so widespread. Activist filmmaker Philippe Diaz examines the history and impact of economic inequality in the third world in the documentary The End of Poverty?, and makes the compelling argument that it’s not an accident or simple bad luck that has created a growing underclass around the world. Diaz traces the growth of global poverty back to colonization in the 15th century, and features interviews with a number of economists, sociologists, and historians who […]

Vipul Mudgal: Rural Coverage in the Hindi and English Dailies

EPW, August 27, 2011 This study of three each of India’s highest circulated English and Hindi dailies finds that they devote only a minuscule proportion of their total coverage (about 2%) to rural India’s issues, crises and anxieties. Even this low count could be misleading because most rural news is not about the farmers/villagers or about their concerns related to land, livestock, resources or farming. The content analysis of 968 news items shows that 36% of the coverage goes to issues of violence, accidents, crime or disasters. Less than 28% is about agrarian themes while 15% is about hunger, suicides, malnutrition, distress migration, displacement, or farmers’ movements. The English newspapers […]

New WikiLeaks Cables Show US Diplomats Promote Genetically Engineered Crops Worldwide

Submitted by Kevin Hansen on August 26, 2011 – 17:48 Although I am not really surprised, the scope of official US government effort to promote Monsanto’s products is really astounding. ___________________________________________________ New WikiLeaks Cables Show US Diplomats Promote Genetically Engineered Crops Worldwide Original Link: Thursday 25 August 2011 by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report Dozens of United States diplomatic cables released in the latest WikiLeaks dump on Wednesday reveal new details of the US effort to push foreign governments to approve genetically engineered (GE) crops and promote the worldwide interests of agribusiness giants like Monsanto and DuPont. The cables further confirm previous Truthout reports on the diplomatic pressure the US […]

Maharashtra to blacklist Mahyco

PUNE: Maharashtra agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said that his government is considering black listing Mahyco company for severe irregularities in sale of seeds, especially the Bt cotton seeds. The state government has also issued written instructions to big fertiliser companies like RCF, Zuari and Dipak Fertilisers for linking sale of their other agricultural inputs with the fertiliser sale. Mahyco has denied the charges of the agriculture minister. “Mahyco produces its seeds in this state. Yet there are so many complaints against them from the farmers and the delears. We have already filed an FIR against the company and may even suspend their license to sale seeds in the state […]

Decontrolling Urea Prices

Government’s proposes to decontrol urea prices and increase prices by 10 per cent. The empowered group of ministers on August 5 approved the Saumitra Chaudhuri Committee recommendations to decontrol urea and allow increase in prices by 10 per cent initially and later bring it under nutrient based subsidy by October. The 10 per cent hike in per tonne over the current maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs 5,310/tonne could translate to an additional expenditure of up to Rs 530/- for farmers. From next year,  companies will have a free hand and farm gate prices of urea will be fixed by them. The fertiliser companies will also pass on any increases in gas pricing and additional […]

Ethanol blended Petrol: 28.79 cr litres of ethanol procured by July-end: Singh

New Delhi, Aug 21 : The government has procured 28.79 crore litres of ethanol for blending by the end of July, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R P N Singh said. The annual requirement is of 105 crore litres of ethanol for blending up to 5 per cent. Only 55.87 crore litres of ethanol could be contracted in 13 states and 3 union territories (UTs), the Minister said. “Out of this, only 28.79 crore litres could be procured up to July 31, 2011,” Mr Singh told Parliament last week. The Minister said the government has been receiving requests, particularly from sugar industry to increase the percentage of […]

Farmers Markets Could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New from Union of Concerned Scientists Report Finds

They’re Growing Nationally, but Federal Policies Favoring Industrial Agriculture Hold Them Back WASHINGTON (August 4, 2011) – Over the last several decades, thousands of farmers markets have been popping up in cities and towns across the country, benefiting local farmers, consumers and economies, but they could be doing a lot better, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). What’s holding farmers markets back? Federal policies that favor industrial agriculture at their expense. “On the whole, farmers markets have seen exceptional growth, providing local communities with fresh food direct from the farm,” said Jeffrey O’Hara, the author of the report and an economist with UCS’s […]

New GM Crop Sparks Concerns about the Negative Effects of Biofuels Farmers in the United States are growing the first genetically modified plants grown specifically for putting for fuel rather than producing food. However, the new GM corn has been met by a barrage of criticism, namely by aid organisations that warn the crop, by diverting more corn into energy production, could worsen the global food crisis – exposed as a significant issue by the famine in Somalia. Also in opposition of the new corn is the food industry as, not only is it unsuitable for the manufacture that commonly uses corn, but many farmers are concerned about cross-contamination into crops used for human consumption. The genetically modified corn […]

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