Centre allows pulses import despite overflowing godowns

Farmers have been staging protests as domestic prices are falling on the back of a glut last year and an expected good harvest following a good monsoon The Union government has allotted quotas for import of pulses and is enforcing an additional import agreement with Mozambique at a time when domestic stocks are at their
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During monsoon season, these critically endangered birds move into fields The critically endangered Bengal florican – a grassland bird more threatened than the tiger – use not just protected grasslands but agricultural fields, too, find scientists. This suggests that conserving these cultivated areas could be as important as protecting the grasslands where these birds breed.
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Given that crop residue burning has an environmental footprint and poses health hazards, one needs to be cautious while evaluating the Centre’s policy to mitigate the crisis. But there is also an urgent need for such an evaluation. The Centre has allocated Rs 1,050 crore to the states where crop residue burning poses a pollution
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Researchers say it is time India moves on from hybrids Pink bollworm infestation in Bt cotton in India has turned the spotlight on an important question: has hybrid cotton lived up to its promise? India was a pioneer in this technology in the 1970s; today, it is the only country that exclusively grows cotton hybrids.
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‘Opportunities abound for global chains considering India as outsourcing hub’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the private sector to invest more in contract farming, raw material-sourcing and creating agri-linkages, and said there are huge opportunities for global super-market chains considering India as a major outsourcing hub. Besides, he suggested that aerated drinks manufacturers
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Asks Collectors of eight districts to submit report within two days of scale of damage due to pest attack The Odisha government on Thursday asked the Collectors of eight districts to submit reports within two days on the quantum of crop loss due to pest attacks, officials said. The direction was issued by the Revenue
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Panel cleared it for commercial cultivation in May, but records don’t show it In May, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) cleared the controversial transgenic mustard, DMH-11, for commercial cultivation. However the records of that meeting, held on May 12 and now made public, do not record any such approval. Hiatus indicated On the contrary
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Novel project to be ready by March 2018, says Minister Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday announced March 2018 as the deadline to complete the ambitious project of developing the horticulture sector using remote sensing technology and geo-informatics. India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world and the biggest
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Linking agricultural and nutritional outcomes is crucial The world’s population is booming. According to estimates, the global population is likely to exceed 9 billion by 2050, with 5 billion people in Asia alone. The capacity to produce enough quality food is falling behind human numbers. Food production in the region must keep pace, even as
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