Wednesday, 1 February, 2023

Topic: Agriculture

India’s wheat planting gathers momentum, latest data shows acreage up by nearly 10%

Indian farmers have planted wheat on 4.5 million hectares since 1 October, when the current sowing season began, up 9.7% from a year ago, showed the latest farm ministry data.

One way Indian govt can remedy food crisis and boost production — vertical farms

These farms occupy buildings or shipping containers where they produce greater yields than traditional outdoor farming and use 70 to 95 per cent less water.

This govt mission is changing lives of 1.74 crore women through climate-resilient agriculture

Three-fourths of the full-time workers on Indian farms are women because men move to cities. Yet, there was little attention to uplifting them and their finances.

In throes of drought-induced famine, Kenya lifts 10-year-old ban on genetically modified crops

Kenya was reluctant to approve import or planting of GMO crops amid health concerns. Move meant to allow imports of GMO maize available in market at cheaper cost to lower flour cost.

Why Angola is Africa’s next agricultural powerhouse

Angola has an abundance of arable land and a diversity of climatic conditions suitable for producing a large variety of agricultural products.

States should take charge of farm subsidies, says study co-authored by ex-CEA Subramanian

Paper says eastern states get fraction of subsidies compared to northern states, and that Centre should focus on research and risk mitigation to deal with adverse climate events.

India imposes export curbs on rice as domestic prices rise & paddy area shrinks

Twenty per cent export tax on several varieties of rice. 'Circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action', says revenue dept notification.

Another reason to celebrate bajre ki roti: Indian scientist wins award for fortifying millet

Dhanashakti has more iron compared to regular varieties of pearl millet. Scientist Mahalingam Govindaraj says about 10 biofortified varieties have been released in last 8 years.

What’s fortified rice, why is Modi govt pushing it & why some experts aren’t excited

Is mass fortification answer to rampant anaemia in India? Experts concerned, say iron-fortified foods could adversely affect men and patients of thalassemia & sickle cell disease.

World is worried about India banning rice exports, but no threat to food security yet

2022 is emerging to be unique for Indian agriculture. Both the staple crops of rice and wheat appear to be suffering production losses.

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Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.