Monday, 27 March, 2023

Topic: Agriculture

What’s behind rice stunting in India? Researchers pin down virus first found in China 21 yrs ago

Stunting is being caused by Southern Rice Black-streaked Dwarf virus, which has previously led to yield losses in China, Vietnam & Japan, finds Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

Old schemes, now with ‘PM’ branding — what is govt’s ‘One Nation One Fertiliser’ initiative

Under new scheme, both public & private sector companies will be required to sell subsidised fertilisers under a single brand name, in uniform bags displaying scheme branding.

What’s common between Modi & Manmohan govt on agriculture? Distrust of futures markets

Wheat or chana, one hopes that the Modi government and SEBI will lift the ban on future trading of agricultural commodities soon.

‘Don’t be alarmed yet’, scientists say as they probe paddy stunting in 4 states

Mystery disease cause for worry in high rice-yielding states of Punjab, Haryana, western UP, and Uttarakhand. Experts to rule out possible causes through DNA, RNA sequencing tests.

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Lower kharif plantings due to uneven rains a growing concern, says report

Area under rice and pulses lower than last year, while oilseeds acreage has marginally increased in the June-October Kharif crop season.

Next generation of Indians should be encouraged to take up farming, says RSS general secretary

RSS functionary Dattatreya Hosabale also said that farmers should be entitled to guaranteed income and that food grains must remain affordable.

RSS affiliate wants MSP guarantee for farmers, says will push for it in new govt panel

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, which had reservations about farm laws that were repealed in 2021 after a year-long protest by farmers, lauded govt’s decision to form the MSP committee.

Does India have enough rice for welfare schemes and ethanol? What the govt is missing

Procurement of rice stocks has seen a significant increase. But India is seeing deficient rains and increase of ethanol distilleries.

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NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

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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.