Pesticide Management Bill 2020: What could have made it better

The Pesticide Management Bill, 2020 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on March 23 and will be discussed when the upper house of Parliament reconvenes. The bill will repeal the Insecticide Act, 1968 that currently regulates pesticide use in the country. It was approved by the Union cabinet in Read More …

COVID19: Give-and-take ensures unhindered sugar operations in south Gujarat

Sugar production has continued in the region due to traditional interdependence, despite a complete halt in other sectors The traditional interdependence of big farmers, land owners, workers and mill managements is presenting an interesting scenario in the sugar belt of south Gujarat, even as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has rendered millions jobless across India. Read More …

A Glance at Drop-in Biofuels

Biofuel commercialization has proved to be costly and lingering than expected due to its high production cost and modification to flexibility in engines. Drop-in fuels are alternatives to existing liquid fuels without any significant modification in engines and infrastructures. According to IEA, “Drop-in biofuels are liquid bio-hydrocarbons that are functionally equivalent to petroleum fuels and Read More …

COVID-19 outbreak: Economic activity grinds to a halt in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari

Sales of forest produce, vegetables and fruits in the district dropped after the janata curfew  The weekly haat or market — the lifeline of the tribal economy in Dhamtari — shut down on March 22 Photo: Purushottam Thakur Daily life in Chhatisgarh’s Dhamtari district ground to a halt after the announcement of the janata (people’s) Read More …

COVID-19 outbreak: Rajasthan cumin farmers face tough time finding buyers

Cumin farmers in Rajasthan are bearing the brunt of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. A complete lockdown led to the shuttering of agriculture markets, impacting farmers across the state. India accounts for 70 per cent of global cumin seed production, at 687 thousand tonnes. The country also consumes 90 per cent of this produce. Gujarat Read More …

Climate change to affect water availability, alter food production: UN report

Global food production patterns would be fundamentally altered by climate change, causing food insecurity because of small shifts in seasonality and water availability, according to the World Water Development Report released by the United Nations on March 22, 2020. An increase in food prices would increase rural poverty, the report said. The impact of regional Read More …

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