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Haryana tries to dissuade farmers from growing paddy, most remain sceptical

    In a last-ditch attempt to arrest the fall in its water table, Haryana is incentivising farmers to quit growing water-intensive paddy and sh…

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Nigeria becomes fourth African nation to join global coalition to protect pollinators

    Nigeria became the fourth African country to jointhe Global Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators on July 25, 2019, anews report in the Ni…

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Neem chemical can disable cotton pest in multiple ways: Study

    The neem plant, Azadirachta indica, is known to contain a potent phytochemical Azadirachtin-A (Aza-A) that can ward off several pests. Scien…

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Drought causes Bundelkhand’s farmers to turn defaulters

    Unending drought has turned a number of farmers in the Bundelkhand region, spread over Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Madhya Pradesh, defaulters, so…

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Here is how millets can make India’s food basket climate-resilient

    Increasing temperatures, changing monsoon and more frequent extreme climate events are posing a threat to food security in India. A new stud…

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Rural youth population rising in agriculturally rich areas, but …

    This is what we know, and is convinced about: The world is gettingyounger and angrier.A new study, the 2019 Rural Development Report,just ad…

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Severe drought in Turkey: Istanbul can run of water in months

    Most of Turkey has been under intense drought from the beginning of the year, after consecutive seasons of little or no rainfall, the Nasa E…

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Desertification in India: Slash-and-burn farming destroys Nagaland

    Deforestation and growing population are resulting in land degradation even in Nagaland, which is known for good monsoons. It is one of the …

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Incoming corporate wave in food systems will threaten farmers and consumers: Report

    An incoming corporate tidal wave in the food industry as well as farming may threaten the interests of millions of farmers and consumers ali…

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Himachal's Kharif onion initiative: Can it help check annual price rise?

    A unique project is underway in Himachal Pradeshs Chamba district, aiming to grow onions during the Kharif season and provide them at afford…

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Farmers in Odisha protest Centre’s agri laws

    Farmers of western Odisha January 23 protested in Bargarh district, demanding the immediate repeal of the three contentious agriculture-rela…

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"DBT's role in policy formulation is limited"

    On the mandate for setting up aseparate DBT: Realising its immense potential, bothdeveloped and developing countries are looking towards bio…

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Every 6th person under water stress: FAO

    About 1.2 billion people globally experienced very high levels of water stress, according to a flagship report published by the Food and Agr…

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How India can be ‘atmanirbhar’ for edible oil production

    Edible oils are indispensable in the Indian kitchen. But it might be surprising to many that India imports most of the oil it consumes, unli…

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Locust attack: 40 of MP’s 55 districts hit

    The desert locusts have spread in at least 40 of Madhya Pradeshs 55 districtsnearly a week after they entered the state in end-May 2020. The…

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Before Feb 1, brush up your knowledge of all Budgets since Independence

    Analysis of Union Budgets since 1947Down To Earth looks back at the history of budget presentations and how they responded to nations demand…

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Excess March rainfall: What it means for COVID-19 outbreak

    Excessive rainfall in March 2020accompanied by thunder, hail and lightningseverely damaged crops, affecting farmers across the country.The i…

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How many Indians are pastoralists? No official data, but report says 13 mln

    India meets 53 per cent of its milk and 74 per cent of meat requirement from animals reared by pastoralists. While the Union government has …

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40 buffaloes die of haemorrhagic septicaemia in Odisha’s Kendrapara

    Around 40 buffaloes have died within four days due to suspected Sahana disease (hemorrhagic septicemia) in a number of villages located in t…

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On slippery peel: Can India’s banana cultivation face Panama wilt

    The last flower has fallen in Sudarshan Mauryas farm, located on the foothills of the Himalayas along the Nepal border. The cool and humid a…

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Effects Of Solar Farms On Local Biodiversity

    Originally publishedon Planetsave.The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister siteSolarLovehasreported that solar energy gen…

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Old MacDonald Had A FarmBot, I/O, I/O, I/O

    “You kids these days don’t know how good you’ve got it. Back in the day, we had to actually get our hands in the soil and …

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Researchers Develop Method Of Producing Ammo

    Originally published on PlanetSave.A group of scientists led by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) a…

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World Bank Plans To Aid Deployment Of 30 GW

    The World Bank Group has announced this week that it intends to help developing countries add 30 GW of renewable energy by 2020.Announced o…

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October Sees Highest Green Bonds Issuance Th

    As expected, 2015 will see a record issuance of green bonds, and after a lean September, October has seen a record monthly issuance, making …

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Extreme weather affecting UK agriculture—bu

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainExtreme weather is harming UK agriculture—but many farmers have not yet made adapting to the effects of the climat…

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How to Make Agriculture Carbon-neutral: Less

    Agriculture and related land-use change generate one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Producing the food the world wi…

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UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: UN Urges

    Launching the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a new UNEP/FAO report says the world must deliver on existing commitments to restore at le…

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Terpen-Tales: The Genetics Mystery Behind th

    Scientists explain the genetic basis of lavenders allure. Credit: Lei ShiScientists explain the genetics of what makes the smell of lavender…

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Gamified research sheds new light on how to

    The game interface as it appears on a tablet. Credit: University of StirlingFarmers are more likely to protect wildlife on their land if the…

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Future pandemic? Consider radically altering

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainAs early as the Neolithic period (circa 3900 BC), the domestication of animals likely led to the development of dis…

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70-Year-Old Coffee-Killing Fungus Brought Ba

    Spores of the fungus that causes Coffee Wilt Disease. Credit: CABIResearchers have re-animated specimens of a fungus that causes coffee wilt…

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Better popping potential for popcorn

    Popcorn. What would movies and sporting events without this salty, buttery snack? America’s love for this snack goes beyond these even…

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Don’t like your greens? Blame it on Br

    IMAGE: Nine examples of domesticated Brassica rapa, a single species that humans have bred into root vegetables like turnips, leafy greens …

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Don’t like your greens? Blame it on Br

    Delicious to some, but a bitter bane to others’ taste buds, vegetables like broccoli rabe, bok choy and turnips are a dinner staple &#…

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UMass Amherst food scientists aim to make pl

    IMAGE: David Julian McClements is a Distinguished Professor of Food Science at UMass Amherst. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst As meat-eat…

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Researchers find toxin from maple tree in co

    Cows can pass on the hypoglycin A toxin through their milk, a study by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Leibniz I…

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