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Rainfed Farming: A watershed moment -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express A Pulses Revolution is possible even in the most backward districts, as a PPP project in Bundelkhand has shown. Damoh (Madhya Pradesh): Zahim Khan has two major worries, as he surveys the urad (black gram) crop on 14 out of the 20-acres land being jointly cultivated by him with 13 other farmers. The immediate concern is rains. Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, of which his village Somkheda is part, has received 1,111.5 millimetres (mm) of

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A model to conserve indigenous paddy varieties -S Annamalai

water-intensive farming A model evolved for applying traditional wisdom in farming has also helped in conserving indigenous paddy varieties that are under threat of extinction. The Biodiversity Rainfed Farming System, promoted by Rural Organisation for Social Education, a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, in four blocks of Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu, has revived the cultivation of 18 indigenous paddy varieties that are disease and dr

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Government to undertake extensive changes in land use, acquisition policies -Rajesh Ramachandran

ken report by Monday. Modi had chaired a working group on agriculture set up by the National Development Council on August 25, 2005. And by December, 2006, he had submitted a report on "dry land/Rainfed Farming system including regeneration of degraded/waste land and watershed development programme." At a meeting held by the agriculture secretary on November 11 action taken notes on each of these 108 recommendations were discussed and s

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The Poor Man’s Rich Grain

Agriculture 2012-13, http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/files/file/State%20of%20Indian%20Agriculture%202012-13.pdf   Report of the Working Group on Watershed Development, Rainfed Farming and Natural Resource Management for the Tenth Five Year Plan, Planning Commission, September 2001, http://planningcommission.gov.in/aboutus/committee/wrkgrp/ wgwtrshd.pdf   Report of Sub-Committee on More crop and incom

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THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS: CAN WE HAVE SOME ACTION NOW?

by the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr. Sharad Pawar in the Lok Sabha earlier this week, which has been reported in the mainstream media. If implemented, this will be a major step towards improving Rainfed Farming, which constitute about 60% of the total agriculture in the country. Historically, rainfed farmers are deprived of any government support to improve their soils as the support is made available only in the form of chemical fertilizer subsi

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India’s soil crisis: Land is weakening and withering by M Rajshekhar

That said, it will take more than balanced fertilization to fix India's soils. Says IP Abrol, the chairperson of the Working Group providing inputs to the 12th plan on natural resource management and Rainfed Farming , "The larger question is about the soils' physical condition - can they support the hydrological cycle? And for that, you need humus and soil biota." Indeed. Field studies at IISS and elsewhere suggest earthworm populations, org

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