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 they are saddled with a […]

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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, etc) solutions prior to putting […]

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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 http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/sreelatha-menon-khadi-forjawan/465878/ 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 Bihar. The wheel serves as […]

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Now, parliamentary panel to study suicide crisis

Ramu Bhagwat, TNN | Feb 26, 2012, 02.11AM IST  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Now-parliamentary-panel-to-study-suicide-crisis/articleshow/12037892.cms?prtpage=1 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 the government, providing relief to […]

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Small loans add up to lethal debts

ERIKA KINETZ APDEBT AND DEATH: Family members with a photograph of Hari Prasad, who took his own life in August 2010 by consuming pesticide in their home in Kadiri in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. He had run up debts with a microfinance company. In the photograph taken last week are Sunita, the widow, 22, along with her daughter Shwetha, […]

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Making ICAR relevant

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/editorial/article2913431.ece?homepage=true 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 head. There is no doubt […]

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Punjab: DECLINING WATER TABLE Reduce area under paddy, water board tells govt

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120225/punjab.htm#1    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 and Punjab needs to reduce […]

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