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Ashok Dalwai, CEO, Doubling Farmers' Income Committee, interviewed by Rajalakshmi Nirmal (The Hindu Business Line)

now. So the strategy of realising higher output through productivity has been realised. As for reducing the cost of cultivation, the two most important initiatives of this government are the soil Health card and micro irrigation. Under soil Health card, in cycle 1, every farmer got the card and the second cycle is well on track. Our studies show wherever the farmers followed the expert advice given on t

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68% of child deaths in India due to malnutrition, says study

a study done jointly by Indian and international agencies has revealed. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, examined the period from 1990 to 2017 to gauge the state-wise Health disease burden in the country. It was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India, and Institute for Health

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With low birth weight and child deaths, malnourishment remains a big challenge for Centre's ambitious POSHAN Plan -Sneha Mordani

ring at a major challenge: reducing malnourishment in the country. Several targets are likely to be missed, says a study, which is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health Foundation of India and the ministry of Health and family welfare. Comprehensive estimates of trends on key child and maternal malnourishment published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent More »

National Nutrition Month: Government reviewing parameters used to measure stunting in children

st of countries with 46.6 million children who are stunted, followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million), the Global Nutrition Report, 2018 said. According to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4), 38.4 per cent children under five years of age are stunted or low height-for-age and 21 per cent wasted or low weight-for-height in India. As many as 48.3 per cent of children in Bihar under five are stunted, the survey said. But

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CMFRI teams up with ISRO to collect wetland data

etlands. Many fish farmers and fishermen suffered an economic loss due to washing away of cages, salinity changes in aqua farms, coastal ecosystem changes, and so on. A common digital platform on the Health status of wetlands of the country may easily help to understand such vulnerable regions, he said. The initiative of monitoring the wetlands is carried out by the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project wing of the C

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Alternative agriculture: Natural farming's time has come, seize the moment -PVS Suryakumar

Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). All have a common philosophy — farming based on using natural inputs, treating the soil as a living entity, promoting biological diversity and protecting the Health of our ecosystem. These will, in turn, reflect on human wellbeing and the food that we eat. Palekar’s ZBNF runs on four “wheels”: Jiwamrita (a microbial culture of dung and urine from indigenous cow species, jaggery, pulses flo

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PMJAY to offer teleconsultation to boost coverage -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

-The Hindu The move is part of the Centre’s plans to widen the coverage of the scheme and thus reduce the incidence of catastrophic Health expenditures. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) Health insurance scheme is set to offer teleconsultation services to its patients soon. The move is part of the Centre’s plans to widen the coverage of the scheme and thus reduce the incidence

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The attack on agroecology -Sujatha Byravan

vested interests see agroecology as a threat to their influence on farming systems Agroecology is recognised worldwide as a system that enhances fertile landscapes, increases yields, restores soil Health and biodiversity, promotes climate resilience and improves farmers’ well-being. Its practices are supported by many agricultural scientists, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, farmers’

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From worst to best: How a Haryana village improved its sex ratio -Varinder Bhatia

their mothers-in-law. Repeated counselling, awareness campaigns, crackdown on quacks gradually helped us change people’s psychology,” says Dr Sumita Singh, Medical Officer in the primary Health centre in Barna. The village has two ANMs — Gulshan Kumar and Kamlesh Kumari — who head a team of six Accredited Social Health Activists (or Asha). Each Asha worker has a designated number

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