Monthly Archives: February 2012

Seeds of Change

T. NARAYAN A healthy cotton plan AGRICULTURE: HYBRID COTTON Seeds Of Change Maharashtra sounds clarion call on hybrid crop liability LOLA NAYAR Competition is tough in the seed market, which may explain why marketing gimmicks are often used to woo farmers. It’s tougher still for the farmers to get compensation when the claims fail and… Continue reading »

Bangladesh: Pesticides in dried fish processingBangladesh: Pesticides in dried fish processing

(The Financial Express-Bd) Allegations of widespread pesticide use in dried fish processing have once again been coming in from various coastal regions in Bangladesh. As reported in a contemporary on Saturday, 25 Feb 2012, many involved in the trade have been found soaking the raw fish in pesticide (ripcord, submicron, DDT, NOGOS, basudin, diosgenin, formalin,… Continue reading »

Sreelatha Menon: Khadi for the jawan

A weavers’ conference proposes the Army and government schools can save khadi by wearing it Sreelatha Menon / New Delhi Feb 26, 2012, 00:07 IST The spinning wheel goes round and round — much like the lives of Bashruddin and his two married sons in their village of Ramdiha in East Champaran district of… Continue reading »

Now, parliamentary panel to study suicide crisis

Ramu Bhagwat, TNN | Feb 26, 2012, 02.11AM IST NAGPUR: A parliamentary standing committee will visit the farm suicide capital of Yavatmal on March 2. The 37-member committee, headed by Basudeo Acharya of CPM, will go to Pandharkawda and visit couple of villages to find out why farmers suicides continue unabated despite a plethora of measures taken by… Continue reading »

Making ICAR relevant ICAR can partner with private Indian seed companies to reach its knowhow to the farmer. The Agriculture Minister, Mr Sharad Pawar’s observation that the turnaround in the farm sector’s fortunes in the recent period will “peter away” unless the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) system starts delivering again, hits the nail on the… Continue reading »

Punjab: DECLINING WATER TABLE Reduce area under paddy, water board tells govt    Another wake call on Groundwater use in Punjab: CGWB says in 84% area the level is going down (in 14% it is too brackish to be useful), 103 of 137 blocks are in over exploited, five in critical and four in semi critical category, 73% of irrigation is coming from Groundwater, not canals… Continue reading »