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With liquor out, Bihar splurges on saris

-PTI Consumption of honey, cheese rises: study Patna: Prohibition is making people of Bihar spend on good clothes and food with sale of expensive sarees rising by 1,751%, while consumption of honey by 380% and that of cheese by 200% in the first six months of the ban, according to latest studies on the measure. The studies, conducted by think tank Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) and government-funded Development Management Insti

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Plastics in agriculture: entry point for carcinogens to food chain -Arjuna Srinidhi

arm ponds, greenhouse cultivation, micro-irrigation (drips and sprinklers) and plastic mulching. Plastic mulch, in particular, should be of concern to us as it is a potential source of entry into our food system. Why are farmers turning to plasticulture? The Ministry of Agriculture believes that its optimal application is a step in the right direction to achieve the overall vision of doubling farm income by 2022. The key benefits of plasticul

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Base crop choices on water use: Study -Sayantan Bera

some of the most water scarce regions in the country, says the study New Delhi: India needs to realign regional cropping patterns with available water resources to ensure future sustainability of food production, a study released on Thursday said. Currently water guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, which use up to 60% of available irrigation water, are cultivated in some of the most water scarce regions in the country, said the study title

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Charge farmers for water, remove sops on water-guzzling crops: report -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

Nitin Gadkari, who was the chief guest at the launch along with top agriculture ministry officials, seemed to disagree with some of the findings of the study. He wondered what would happen to India's food security if wheat and rice aren't grown in states like Punjab and Haryana. Also, stopping sugarcane cultivation in water-scarce regions of Maharashtra overnight won’t be possible. Therefore efforts should be made to towards more judicious us

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Water Productivity Mapping of Important Agricultural Crops of India -Bharat R Sharma, Ashok Gulati, Gayathri Mohan, Stuti Manchandra, Indro Ray & Upali Amarasinghe

is going to increase. As a consequence, in relative terms, agriculture’s share in fresh water supplies is likely to decrease. But with rising population and per capita incomes, demand for more food, feed and fibre is going to increase. And therein lies the challenge: how to grow more agri-produce with less water on a sustainable basis. The reforms must start by first changing our mindset that is currently obsessed with raising agricultural p

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FSSAI's draft labelling regulation has major gaps, weak on regulating GM food: CSE

-Down to Earth The criteria for exemption from labelling of food containing GM ingredients need to be much stricter The draft food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018, released by the food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in April 2018, may be a good beginning, but it has major gaps that needs to be plugged to ma

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Allowing strays on streets 'cruelty' -GS Mudur

face legal action. The Animal Welfare Board of India, a unit of the Union environment ministry, has sent an advisory to the states seeking action by local municipal authorities to provide shelter, food and water to all "such helpless animals" in urban and rural areas. "Allowing stray animals on the street or road... amounts to cruelty to animals. Along with (the) animals, (the) public also suffers," the board's advisory has s

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India faces worst water crisis: NITI Aayog -Jacob Koshy

sh; accounted for 20-30% of India’s agricultural output. “Given the combination of rapidly declining groundwater levels and limited policy action…this is likely to be a significant food security risk for the country,” the report says. On the other hand, the index noted, several of the high and medium performers — Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana — had faced droughts i

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These people-managed forests are setting new examples in conservation and economy -Debarati Choudhury

d preservation of locally important species. The forest area of Kandhamal (Odisha) under CFR is almost entirely managed by tribal women and they view the rights as a means to a secured livelihood and food consumption. In north Bengal, traditional intercropping techniques are being used to raise plantations and also increase the biodiversity of the forests. Trade of forest produce In the process of utilising forest resources for livelihood securi

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Tiruppur shows how it's done: on controlling industrial pollution -T Ramakrishnan

percolating into the aquifer. Based upon 60 groundwater samples to identify geochemical sources and contamination in Thoothukudi, the study revealed, among other things, traces of lead in various foods, notably fish. “Lead is harmful even in small amounts,” says Selvam, assistant professor in geology, V.O. Chidambaram College, Thoothukudi. The Tamirabharani river, an important source of drinking water for Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi

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