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How selling cereals is actually exporting water -KV Kurmanath

-The Hindu Business Line Shift of focus to maize, sorghum, millets would help: Research Hyderabad: Excessive focus on cereal production and the resulting pressure on groundwater in some States is no news. But this, a UK-based researcher contends, means that some States are actually ‘exporting’ their scarce groundwater when they market the cereals. A study by a group of researchers from academic and research institutes from the U

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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

f iron rich dark green leafy vegetables has reduced from 64 per cent to 48 per cent of the population in the last decade. Many, in fact, argue that the NFSA’s focus on wheat and rice has forced millets — traditional source for iron and minerals — out of the market. The government’s iron supplementation programme to overcome IDA has led to only 30 per cent of pregnant women consuming iron and folic acid tablets. This compels us

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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

mplementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme, there should be no difference on the issue of whether the child is in a government school or not. The Odisha government has launched several schemes, like the millets Mission and Iron Plus Initiative, to boost nutrition among the people, especially children and the tribal population, and the state must work to ensure that none is left out from the Poshan Abhiyaan, an expert has said. Ranglal Jamuda, Chairper

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Number crunching helps farmers manage water -Manu Moudgil

ponds, built farm bunds and planted trees, leading to groundwater recharge. Around 40 borewells came up to fetch groundwater, farm area doubled to reach 330 hectares and sugarcane and wheat replaced millets and pulses. Everything seemed perfect except that the water was not endless. Within nine years, crops started failing in want of crucial, fag end irrigations. Sugarcane was the first casualty. “By 2011, we stopped getting crops during Ra

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'Seed Mother' who never went to school has lessons for scientists -Radheshyam Jadhav

od resources. Over time, many farmers obtained indigenous seeds from her. She toiled for 20 years and, today, she has conserved and multiplied about 43 landraces of 17 crops (paddy, hyacinth bean, millets, pulses, oil seeds etc) by establishing a germplasm conservation centre. She has developed expertise in System of Rice Intensification (SRI) methods, improved cultivation practices for tomato and hyacinth bean, participatory seed selection, org

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Food security of farmers essential to check suicides -S Harpal Singh

alled the suicide of Thodasam Maruti in October last year and attributed poverty and attendant lack of food security as being a major reason for him (Maruti) to take the extreme step. Promotion of millets “There are 137 families in my village cultivating 689 acres of land mostly cotton in kharif. Only about 20 acres of it was under jowar which was once our staple diet,” he lamented as he talked about the ever decreasing incidence of

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'Rainfed farmers are the most neglected'

es per hectare,” said the NRAA chief said. Contribution Despite all these, rain-fed areas contributed significantly to the country’s food production. They account for 89 per cent of millets production, 88 per cent of pulses, 73 per cent of cotton, 69 per cent of oilseeds and 40 per cent rice production in the country. Besides, rain-fed areas support 64 per cent of cattle, 74 per cent of sheep and 78 per cent of goat population in

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Farmers' collectives: Taking Farmer Producer Organisations beyond 'romance' to 'relationships' -PVS Suryakumar

gible to receive a matching equity grant of up to Rs 15 lakh from the Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium under the Union Agriculture Ministry. Second, small farmers mostly produce paddy, millets, wheat, pulses, vegetables and other staples, with very few into boutique products such as chia seeds. Even if FPOs/FPCs are formed, are there enough margins in the business of just aggregating staples? Would these leave farmers vastly better-off

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Diets have to change, intake of nuts, fruits and veggies has to be increased: EAT-Lancet commission -Anuradha Mascarenhas

fruits. Dr K Srinath Reddy, one of the members of the EAT-Lancet Commission, told The Indian Express that in India, there was a need to increase the diversity of food grains. “We can include millets and also ensure that there is no imbalance in the consumption of fruits and vegetables. For this, we need to deal with post-harvest losses, increase local production of fruits and vegetables and encourage community gardens,” he said. &ldq

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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

P needs to be protected in all the regions across the country. ii) The food security basket should be widened to include the crops of dryland farming areas such as 'bajra', 'jowar', 'ragi', minor millets and pulses. The PDS should include these nutritious cereals and pulses, which is purchased at a reasonable MSP. This will be a win-win situation for both dryland farmers and the consumers. Neither a second green revolution will take place nor much

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