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Andhra Pradesh

Andhra salt-makers want recognition as farmers

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
"Why shouldn't salt-making be classed as agriculture?" asks R Potharaju. "Both require land, water and sunshine, and are subject to vagaries of nature," he reasons. Potharaju is convenor of the Prakasam District Salt Farmers Forum.

Cattle deaths at Bt cotton fields trigger biosafety fear

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2007
on may 9, 2007, the department of Animal Husbandry of Andhra Pradesh said cattle deaths reported from a few parts in the state could have been caused by toxics from Bt cotton. The department informed the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (geac) that tests of Bt samples taken in 2006 by laboratories indicated that the deaths could have been caused by the high content of nitrates and nitrites, hydrogen cyanide and organophosphate.

Centre to popularise CFLs

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2007
compact fluorescent lamps (cfls) may become cheaper in India. The Union ministry of power is contemplating a scheme to popularise cfls. Called 'cdm -based cfl Scheme', it is likely to be launched this month. The initiative urges cfl makers to sell them to households at a reduced cost--a tenth of its market price.

Waste-to-energy plant in Vijaywada shuts down

Author(s): Minti Jain
Issue Date: Mar 31, 2007
in yet another indictment of incineration technology, the waste-to-energy plant at Vijayawada recently stopped operations. There is now no functional incineration-based waste-to-energy plant in the country. The closure of the 6-mw Shriram Energy Systems Limited plant in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district, raises serious questions about this technology, which is promoted and heavily subsidised by the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (mnre).

Bollworm insecticide now more effective

Author(s): Archita Bhatta
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2007
tackling pests could just get easier. Helicoverpa Armigera Nuclear Polyhedral virus (hanpv), a microbial insecticide, has so far failed to tackle the Helicoverpa armigera or bollworm, a pest that attacks cotton, redgram, tomato, chillies and other horticultural crops.

Third phase of Genome Valley in Hyderabad

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2007
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the state government was developing the third phase of Genome Valley in Hyderabad over an area of 120 hectares. A biotech incubation centre would be set up and be supported with technical inputs from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad.

New EIA process stumbles at start

Author(s): Sujit Kumar
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2007
A new procedure for conducting environmental impact assessment (eia), introduced in September 2006, is suffering from teething trouble. The September 2006 notification putting the new procedure in place was severely criticised by environmental groups for being a far more diluted version of the 1994 notification.

Tamil Nadu blacklists Mahyco's Bt Cotton seeds after crop failures

Author(s): Shailesh Kumar
Issue Date: Feb 15, 2007
the Tamil Nadu government has brought the Bt Cotton seed issue back into focus by banning the sale of seeds from Mahyco over complaints of crop failure in Dharmapuri district. Bt Cotton varieties made by the Indian seed major had earlier been blacklisted by Andhra Pradesh after crop failures in the 2004 kharif season (see 'Askew' Down To Earth, Aug 31, 2005).

Port workers in Gujarat protest move to privatise four ports

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2007
Port workers in Gujarat recently staged a protest against the state government's move to privatise four ports.They claimed the move would affect more than 10,000 families, who depend on the ports for their livelihood. In a statement, the Union of Gujarat Port and Lok Karamchari Mahasangh has warned of a state-wide strike unless the state government revokes its decision.

Health ministry rubbishes AIDS headcount

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2007
a recent study of Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district, which shows that the number of hiv/aids patients in India could be an overestimate, has been called "unrealistic" by the Union ministry of health and family welfare (mohfw). The number of such patients in India has long been a controversy.
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