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Transforming Rice Production with SRI (System of Rice Intensification) Knowledge and Practice

The book “Transforming Rice Production with SRI (System of Rice Intensification) Knowledge and Practice” written by Dr. T.M. Thiyagarajan and Dr. Biksham Gujja, is an attempt to explain the origin, principles and practices of SRI and the developments so far in communicating the importance of SRI to rice farmers, students, scientists and policy makers so that the material could be used for extension, research and policy support. The contents have been assembled from various sources, especially from SRI websites, WWF-ICRISAT project and its partner organizations and Institutes, presentations made in national SRI symposia, publications and reports on SRI, field visits and interaction with farmers. Below provided is the direct link for downloading the pdf file of the book. […]

World In Serious Trouble On Food Front

By Lester Brown 26 July, 2012 Earth Policy Institute In the early spring of 2012, U.S. farmers were on their way to planting some 96 million acres in corn, the most in 75 years. A warm early spring got the crop off to a great start. Analysts were predicting the largest corn harvest on record. The United States is the leading producer and exporter of corn, the world’s feedgrain. At home, corn accounts for four-fifths of the U.S. grain harvest. Internationally, the U.S. corn crop exceeds China’s rice and wheat harvests combined. Among the big three grains – corn, wheat, and rice – corn is now the leader, with production well above […]

Draft Policy papers on Farmers Income Security and Price compensation

These are draft papers on Farmers Income Security and Price Compensation. for your reference analysis on Paddy price policy is also enclosed. send your comments to or or also please indicate if you want to be the group working to finalise this.

A looming drought is manageable. Long-term changes to the monsoon might be catastrophic

India’s climate Monsoon, or later Jul 28th 2012 | DASNA, UTTAR PRADESH | from the print edition A farmer walks through a dry, cracked paddy-field on the outskirts of Jammu. The monsoon, which usually starts to arrive in June, has barely come at all this year Hindu priests perform rituals in prayer for the rains at a temple in Ahmedabad AP THE dizzying midday heat of India’s northern plains cracks the earth. Farmers slump on the charpoys on which they sleep outdoors. It should be raining, yet the sky is clear. Prithi Singh, lean and wrinkled, says his entire rice crop has withered, along with fields sown for fodder. After two summers […]

Prof. Anil Gupta the Ideas man: professor in quest for India’s rural inventions

 Monday, July 30, 2012 Ravi Nessman, AP Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, July 30, 2012 Prof. Anil Gupta in Nayapura village in Sehore district of MP. He has documented 25,000 rural innovations. It’s 43 degrees Celsius, and Prof. Anil Gupta has been hiking the scorched plains of central India for hours. But he smiles widely as he enters a tiny village in search of another unsung genius. “If you have any new ideas or you have any new inventions, I’m here to promote you,” he tells farmers squatting beside a dusty roadside shrine to Lord Shiva. For more than two decades, Gupta has scoured rural India for its hidden innovations, motivated by the belief that […]

Farmers increasingly using weather insurance to mitigate risks from climate change NEW DELHI: More farmers are using weather insurance to mitigate risks from climate change. Top two weather insurers — Agricultural Insurance Corporation (AIC) and ICICI Lombard — say business is growing at 25% annually and now covers more than 200 districts across 21 states. “The growth has been so spectacular over the past five years that as many as 12 million farmers, growing crops on over 15 million hectares of cropped area, might have been insured during the 2011-12 crop year,” said KN Rao, deputy general manager, AIC, which enjoys over 75% market share in this insurance category. While the state-owned AIC covers almost all the designated districts, its nearest competitor ICICI Lombard […]

Don’t blame the rain gods, Plan better for drought

Devinder Sharma, Food Policy Analyst, Tehelka Magazine | July 30, 2012 Over 60 percent of India’s cultivable land depends on the monsoons. So why are our farmers being forced to adopt water-guzzling hybrid crops? IN 2009, the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted a “near normal” rainfall, expecting a long-period average of 96 percent. It turned out to be one of the worst drought years in decades, with the monsoons falling short by 22 percent. So this year, when the Met Department again forecasted a “near normal” monsoon season with 96 percent long-period average, alarm bells had begun to ring. June remained more or less dry. The rains were delayed over […]

Traditional rice varieties vanishing in Kerala: Study

PTI, Business Line, July 29, 2012 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 29: Traditional rice varieties of Kerala appeared to be vanishing as a study has found as many 55 species of paddy seeds extinct in Wayanad district in northern part of the state due to various reasons. Nearly 160 varieties of paddy varieties, including 78 traditional ones, were being cultivated in Waynad and the study found 55 of them have become extinct. The study was conducted by Kerala State Biodiversity Board as part of preparing the People’s Biodiversity Registry (PBR) under the Centre’s Biodiversity Act-2002. An analysis of data compiled under the study showed varieties such as ‘Anchoodan’, ‘Chara’, ‘Cheera’ ‘Nellu’, ’Chuvannaraan’, ‘Jeerakachanna’ […]

Draft Policy papers on Farmers Income Security and Price Compensation

These are draft policy papers on Farmers Income Security and Price Compensation.  your comments are welcome. pls write to,, if you are interested in the deliberation and contribute in the process please do let us know Towards a Kisan Swaraj Policy 9.0 ASHA-FarmersIncomeGuarantee Price Compensation system for cultivators Pricing Policy for rice 2.0

Brief on IFFCO mega dairy project proposed in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

Facts about the case: General information- · Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) is the world’s largest fertiliser cooperative federation based in India. · It proposes to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. · The total project area is 1023 Hectares which will cover villages Regadichelika, Racharlapadu, Chowduputtedu, Uchaguntapalem, North Ammuluru, Bodduvaripalem; Mandals Kodavaluru, Dagadharthi and Allur in Nellore district. · This land was acquired 15 years ago at very low price by IFFCO to set up a Naphtha based fertilizer plant in Nellore. · IFFCO Kisan SEZ Ltd. is being setup as an Agribusiness Special Economic Zone based on the concept of […]

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