Category Archives: Articles

Home   Articles

World Water Day: the cost of cotton in water-challenged India

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/20/cost-cotton-water-challenged-india-world-water-day Severe water scarcity in India is exacerbated by the cotton industry. Concerns are high, but are businesses, consumers and government doing enough? More than 100 million people in India do not have access to safe water. Photograph: Jack Laurenson /Alamy You might not realise it, but India exports enormous amounts of water when it exports raw materials such as cotton and products such as automobiles. The water consumed to grow India’s cotton exports in 2013 would be enough to supply 85% of the country’s 1.24 billion people with 100 litres of water every day for a year. Meanwhile, more than 100 million people in India do not have access […]

Combine Harvester vs Manual Harvesting in Paddy

https://www.facebook.com/nandish.churchigundi Combine Harvester Is a machine that harvests grains crops, combining three separate operations like reaping, threshing & winnowing into a single process. The straw left behind on the field can be used as a mulch or bailed for feed and bedding for live stock. Tractor mounted on the top of the machine having a wide cutter bar moving on tractor tyres are called as wheel type / tractor driven / tractor mounted combine harvesters. Standard weight of the machine will be 3,850 kgs + tractor engine weight 3,000 kgs + grain weight 700 kgs, total weight around 8,000 kgs ( 8 tons ). It is much more than a […]

The debt story less told

The Hindu, February 12, 2015, by K P Prabhakaran Nair http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/the-debt-story-less-told/article6887610.ece Small and marginal farmers in rainfed regions are trapped in a losing battle with agriculture — and with life The lot of the poor Indian farmer keeps deteriorating with the passage of time. According to the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data released on December 19, 2014, during the last decade, the bloated debt of Indian agricultural households increased almost 400 per cent Even the number of heavily indebted households has steeply increased during this period. The report is titled Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households in India, and is based on a national survey covering 35,000 households during […]

Farmers indebtedness: Into the abyss?

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/abyss Author(s): Jitendra @jitendrachoube1  Jan 31, 2015 | From the print edition The situation of India’s farmers has only become grimmer in the past decade, according to the latest National Sample Survey Office report Illustration: Sorit The lot of the embattled Indian farmer only keeps on getting worse with the passage of time. In the last 10 years, the voluminous debt of Indian agricultural households has increased almost four-fold whereas their undersized monthly income from cultivation has increased three-fold. Even the number of indebted agricultural households has increased in the last 10 years. At the same time, there has been a micro-increment in the number of agricultural households in India. All […]

Gateway to fair prices

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/gateway-to-fair-prices/article6489029.eceVenkat Iyer Ready to eat: The supply chain for organic produce has long been hampered by poor linkages between farms and consumers Grower and buyer find each other directly on the Eco-Farmers Market info-exchange portal Maridesi Here Gowda of Mandya District, Karnataka, has for seven years now grown sugarcane without using pesticides on his two acres and produced organic jaggery. But selling it has been a challenge each year and it often goes for a low price. This year, Gowda sold a bulk of his stock to a buyer from Hyderabad at a rate he found fair. This was made possible by the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) […]

UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2566719/un_only_small_farmers_and_agroecology_can_feed_the_world.html Nafeez Ahmed 23rd September 2014 Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using ‘agroecological’ methods, according to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. This is critical for future agricultural policies. Currently, most subsidies go to large agribusiness. This must change. Governments must support small farmers. Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, water and resource availability. The stark warning comes from the new United […]

New Land Acquisition Act – Rules for Social Impact Assessments and Consent Provisions Notified (Relative Progressive Rules – Can also be a useful guide for EIA Processes)

New Land Acquisition Act – Rules for Social Impact Assessments and Consent Provisions Notified (Relative Progressive Rules – Can also be a useful guide for EIA Processes)   The NDA government – amidst speculations that it is set to dilute important provisions of the new land acquisition act – has recently notified the Rules for two of its most important and progressive sections, those pertaining to the Social Impact Assessments and the Consent provisions. These Rules, notified on 8th Aug 2014 detail out how to implement these two provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 which is the full and […]

The Man Who Is Solving Some Of India’s Biggest Agriculture Problems With His Simple Inventions – See more at: http://www.thebetterindia.com/10808/man-solved-india-agriculture-problem-simple-invention-innovations/#sthash.wOxdq9yu.kV7TqIw2.dpuf

Shreya Pareek The Man Who Is Solving Some Of India’s Biggest Agriculture Problems With His Simple Inventions Girish Badragond, a 28 year old guy from Bijapur District came to Bangalore in 2006 with a laptop, a wireless router and one way bus fare. Now, after six years he is a partner at Santepp Systems, a fast growing technocrat proprietary firm in the field of agricultural technology manufacture. “Ever since I was a child, I loved playing with the machines. My first experience in machine was when I dismantled my cousin’s watch and fixed it again,” Badragond says.  As we walk inside his office, the light switches on automatically and turns off […]

11-point agenda for resurrecting Indian agrculture and restoring the pride in farming: Devinder Sharma

 Time to usher in “Acche din…” for the Indian farmers. Indian agriculture is faced with a terrible agrarian crisis. It is a crisis primarily of sustainability and economic viability. The spate of farmer suicide and the willingness of farmers to quit agriculture if given a choice is a stark reminder of the grim crisis. What should be the agriculture agenda for the new government? I am being asked this question time and again. Here is my 11-point agenda: 1) Providing a guaranteed assured monthly income to farmers. According to the Arjun Sengupta Committee report the average monthly income of a farm family is Rs 2,115. This includes Rs 900 from […]

Bees Dying at an Alarming Rate Is Glyphosate the Cause? [Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed9b-JIAa1Q Added by Reivin Johnson on May 18, 2014. Saved under Bees, Reivin Johnson, Science Tags: bees Bees are dying at an alarming rate, and scientists are doing everything they can to figure out if the main ingredient in Roundup®, glyphosate, is the cause. Monsanto’s most successful product is its Roundup Ready® seeds which have stirred a global commotion about the safety of animals and humans who ingest food that comes from GMO crops like soy and corn. Natural News, conducted a poll where 51 percent of readers expressed their disdain for Monsanto. Readers polled in the Natural News survey must really care about bees, because they went as far […]

Get Best Services from Our Business.
%d bloggers like this: