Why ozone levels pose a challenge to food security
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Air pollution in news on April 11
Here’s a round-up of today’s news reports and debates on air pollution
In a sudden u-turn, Madhya Pradesh refuses to include three Rabi crops under Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana
The decision comes after Centre refused to contribute 50 per cent towards Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana
How useful really are mobile apps for farmers?
A review which looked at 23 studies of information services in Africa, Asia and Latin America found that perceived benefits were not always …
Bhavantar Yojna: MP farmers refuse to sign up for 2nd round
Most of the over 200 farmers Down To Earth talked to in 6 villages of Hoshangabad and Sehore districts said they would not register for the …
Hailstorms, unseasonal rains damaged 4.76 lakh hectares of crop in February
Around 300,000 hectares of crops like jowar, gram, wheat and horticulture crops like orange, grapes, bananas and vegetables were damaged in …
Farmers seek relief after hail, rain damage crops in Rajasthan, UP
The storm spoiled standing crops in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh
Farm distress: Crisis at large
High input cost, flawed MSP calculation and non-inclusive crop insurance scheme are problems perpetuating farm distress
Why are pests developing resistance to Bt cotton in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh?
Low compliance to planting refuge crops along with Bt crops and selection of refuge crops are some of the problem areas identified by a recent study
Point of no Agri-return
Exploring India's unprecedented agrarian crisis
Point of no agri-returns Part 1: How India lost its historic agriculture recovery growth phase in just four years
Government reports say 2004-14 had the highest agriculture growth that has fast slipped back to near-zero growth despite normal monsoons and …
Poor show of northeast monsoon raises doubts over Rabi crops production
Erratic distribution of northeast monsoon rains is most evident in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and the Deccan regions
Delhi should follow Beijing's example in tackling air pollution
Now is the time for India to peer through the smog and learn how Beijing is taking meaningful steps to address air pollution crisis
Delhi chokes again: winter is becoming synonymous with air pollution
Sudden deterioration in air quality is due to fall in wind speed and rise in moisture content, which is making the pollutants build up fast
Can gasification be the solution to crop burning?
Biomass gasification can not only prevent air pollution from burning crop residues, but also increase farmers’ income and manage municipal …
Saffron production to drop over 90% as Kashmir sees lowest rainfall in 35 years
Scarcity of rain and the failures of the National Saffron Mission have left local farmers in a precarious position
Soil fertility is not the only measure of soil health
At the ongoing International Permaculture Convergence, experts discussed how the modern farming system has destroyed soil health
Are GM crops a real solution to pest attacks in Africa?
Adoption of GM crops is widely cited as a solution to combat pest resistance, but if recent developments are considered, the answer is not that simple
Promoting permaculture can put an end to GMO culture in India
Experts at the 13th Permaculture Convergence in Telangana reposed faith in permaculture and urged farmers to explore this as an alternative to …
Farmers propose Bills on loan waiver, fair prices in their own 'parliament'
More than 180 farmer organisations from across the country proposed Bills related to debt waiver and fair crop prices in a mock parliament
Wild tomatoes can help in making commercial varieties disease-free
Indian and Israeli scientists found a way to develop tomatoes resistant to the most common disease, Early Blight
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Today it is hazardous; tomorrow it is going to be deadly
The air quality in Delhi is likely to worsen further with north-westerly wind expected to bring in more toxic smoke from Punjab and Haryana in …
Odisha’s deadly farmlands: Another farmer commits suicides due to crop loss
Between 2001 and 2010, over 2,600 farmers committed suicide in Odisha and this year, drought has already broken their economic backbone
Tough problems need tough solutions
In spite of all the noise about air pollution, we are doing everything to make it worse