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August 17, 2013 | Rajasthan’s olive dream

There many options to have get rich oil from our own soil.Think and see the tree Madhuca indica thousands of tribals of country seviving on this tree as if landholders elsewhere. unfortunately we see towards somebodys plate and justify big laddu there in and try to grab it. Similar case with oilpalm plantation being promoted in India it is sure it will another fraud of politician and so called experts.
Dr. Sudam Patil

By Anonymous
August 17, 2013 | Wasted wealth

Excellent story.
Organic matter constitutes 35%–40% of the municipal solid waste generated in India. This waste can be recycled by the method of composting, one of the oldest forms of disposal. It is the natural process of decomposition of organic waste that yields manure or compost, which is very rich in nutrients. Composting is a biological process in which micro-organisms, mainly fungi and bacteria, convert degradable organic waste into humus like substance. This finished product, which looks like soil, is high in carbon and nitrogen and is an excellent medium for growing plants. The process of composting ensures the waste that is produced in the kitchens is not carelessly thrown and left to rot. It recycles the nutrients and returns them to the soil as nutrients. Apart from being clean, cheap, and safe, composting can significantly reduce the amount of disposable garbage. The organic fertilizer can be used instead of chemical fertilizers and is better specially when used for vegetables. It increases the soil’s ability to hold water and makes the soil easier to cultivate. It helped the soil retain more of the plant
Composting: some benefits
Compost allows the soil to retain more plant nutrients over a longer period.
It supplies part of the 16 essential elements needed by the plants.
It helps reduce the adverse effects of excessive alkalinity, acidity, or the excessive use of chemical fertilizer.
It makes soil easier to cultivate.
It helps keep the soil cool in summer and warm in winter.
It aids in preventing soil erosion by keeping the soil covered.
It helps in controlling the growth of weeds in the garden
Composting of municipal waste is a step to reduce pollution and utilising waste. The Municipal Corporations and Municipalities involved in the Compost projects need to adopt pragmatic approach .
Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

By Dr.A.Jagadeesh
August 17, 2013 | Rajasthan’s olive dream

Excellent article.

I am reminded of Jatropha hype in India. It has ended up as HIGH PROMISE AND LOW(NO) PERFORMANCE? Unfortunately in India Farming is undertaken by most of the Non farmers since they have money. They don't have long term goal and sustained plan.In Andhra Pradesh some time back there was humming activity in Aqua Culture. Now it is minimal. I have seen in Denmark most of the agriculture is by Agricultural Graduates. It is intensive farming with innovative practices. The same in Israel.In the land allotment for projects like Jatropha farming ,politics and money played dominant role. Genuine farmers who want to undertake the cultivation are left out.

In farming local ingenuity and farmers experience play a major role. Farmers have to be included in decision making by the Government in drawing plans related to agriculture.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com

By Dr.A.Jagadeesh
August 17, 2013 | Rajasthan’s olive dream

This article sounds biased.
The climate of Rajasthan is similar to Southern Europe like Greece and Spain, hence Olive can be viable.
It is wrongly stated that it needs a lot more water than is available.

Olive demand is rising rapidly in India and all of it is imported. As it is the most costly cooking oil, the prices of the produce are good and it does not mean it is making losses.

Farmers in Rajasthan will find it as good diversification from traditional crops.

By Abhinav
August 17, 2013 | Fish and a philosophy

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By Mouli Roy Choudhury
August 16, 2013 | All our nuclear lies exposed

I thank you very much for giving an objective critic.
Sir I want to know whether there is any truth in saying that our nuclear technical know how are completely borrowed or bought.
There are numerous articles even in peer reviewed international science journals on the nuclear research going on in India.
It cannot be justified to stop fast breeder or nuclear research even if others have scrapped them, we may have an upper hand in the field .That only shows Indian scientific community including Dr Ramana in poor light compared to the Western counterpart.
Our need for energy is undisputable. The limitations for harnessing solar power on a massive scale to address our needs are humongous. Dams have limitations. Better go back the middle ages or stone ages( Dr Ramana points may be more valid.)
Every option brings new possibilities and challenges and it's we who should outline our priorities,needs and values to tailor the option in our best interest.

By Sreeanath

This is an apt reply .I fully agree with what you have said.The project started some 6 years back.Where were the politicians and all these so called govt machinery who ought to have nipped it in the bud.Even demolition will do harm to the environment as in Munnar.

August 15, 2013 | Learning from disasters

Our experience with the Orissa "super" cyclone echoes what you have said, Mari. The relief circus follows the TV media circus ; and when the cameras roll on, what is left is the pile of unusable second-hand clothes piled on the roadside. I met a man with his family in a tent, who had received 7 lanterns. He kindly donated two to us for the makeshift clinic we were running with candles !!

You are right ; what is missing is the heart ; what remains is synthetic fabric ; and if we do follow our hearts to care, to share the pain of people, we are finally the biggest beneficiaries ; we change. Johnny Oommen

By Johnny Oommen
August 15, 2013 | Niyamgiri answers

After the euphoria we felt reading about all 12 designated villages rejecting the mines, it is depressing to read that it may all come to naught because Vedanta has the money and the clout to buy out not just individual politicians but, in all probability, entire parties. Tribal people have never had a voice and even though the people of Niyamgiri have spoken loud and clear, there is every possibility that they will be completely ignored if the next government chooses to side with Vedanta.

In all this, let us not forget our own guilt in all this. We are using more and more aluminium in our daily lives and, as long as there is a demand, Vedanta and others will do whatever it takes to keep the supply going... a few obscure tribes are, in their opinion, not worth considering.

August 15, 2013 | Learning from disasters

Very, very interesting........good read....provokes thought.

Roopa Venkatesh

By Roopa Venkatesh
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