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‘Climate Smart’ Farms Key To Feeding The World

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2014/02/07/climate-smart-farms-key-to-feeding-the-world/ Beth Hoffman, Forbes | February 7, 2014 A family in Orissa, India plants ‘climate smart’ rice using a System of Rice Intensification. Photo by Beth Hoffman.   The bad news is that it looks like climate change is here to stay.  The good news is that there are a number of cost effective, sustainable… Continue reading »

Unemployment among rural youth at highest level since 93-94

Unemployment among rural youth at highest level since 93-94 In rural areas, Kerala had the worst record with 21.7% of its youth unemployed followed by Assam with about 15% Kirthi.V.Rao    http://www.livemint.com/Politics/rmxquBMhnmzwwXtxWm9m1H/Unemployment-among-rural-youth-at-highest-level-since-9394.html Rural unemployment was about 4.7% for both rural males and females in 2009-10. In 1993-94, 3.5% of rural young men in the labour… Continue reading »

Myths and realities of Gujarat Agriculture: various articles

Myths and realities of Gujarat Agriculture: various articles

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Land location overrides fertility; threat to food security: Study

Farmers engaged in agriculture on fertile land which has locational advantages get lower economic returns from agriculture Press Trust of India  |  <news:geo_locations>New Delhi  January 22, 2014 Last Updated at 19:06 IST With industrialisation, the location of a land overrides thefertility factors which may pose a threat to country’s food security problems, said a study released today. “Location of a land holding plays a… Continue reading »

India needs to export excess food grains

http://www.moneylife.in/article/india-needs-to-export-excess-foodgrains/35973.html AK RAMDAS | 15/01/2014 12:00 PM |    There is an urgent need to encourage corporate bodies to invest in building up the infrastructure facilities for storage and exports of food grains In order to support the Food Security Act, the Ministry of Agriculture has estimated that the essential foodgrains in India, to the extent of 53 million tonnes be… Continue reading »

Pesticides ‘making bees smaller’

Bumblebees exposed to a widely-used pesticide produced workers with lower body mass, scientists theguardian.com, Monday 20 January 2014 10.01 GMT Bumblebees could be shrinking because of exposure to a widely-used pesticide, a study suggests. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Bumblebees could be shrinking because of exposure to a widely-used pesticide, a study suggests. Experts fear smaller bees will… Continue reading »

Leaving farmers to reap the bitter harvest

Devinder Sharma January 19, 2014 A day after Parliament approved foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail in December 2012, a newspaper report highlighted how a big retail company was exploiting both the farmers as well as the consumers: the wholesale cash-n-carry Bharti-Walmart enterprise, the report said, was buying baby corn from contract growers in Punjab… Continue reading »

Torch bearers for millet seed security

Jan 19, 2014: The National Biodiversity Authority has recognised 30 villages in Zaheerabad of Medak district of Andhra Pradesh that grow traditional and fast-disappearing millets as Agricultural Biodiversity Heritage Site (ABHS). The Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (APSBB), which finally gave green signal for the rare recognition, has sent its recommendation to the National Biodiversity… Continue reading »

Agricultural fertilizer chemicals in water causing neonatal deaths?

original article http://people.brandeis.edu/~nmenon/Draft04_Agrichemicals_Water_Brainerd_Menon.pdf NEW DELHI: India has been struggling to bring down neonatal mortality rate which accounts for 75% of infant deaths in the country. A paper published in the Journal of Development Economics indicates that the high mortality of neonates (babies less than 29 days old) might be due to the exposure to fertilizer… Continue reading »