Agriculture

50 years on, millet makes a comeback in Odisha’s Keonjhar district -Aishwarya Mohanty

-The Indian Express Nearly half a century later, millet is making a comeback, thanks to the intervention of the local administration and NGOs. Today, Hanhaga is among 1990 farmers across 163 villages in Keonjhar who have taken up the cultivation of millet. Keonjhar: In the 1960s and...

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Adivasis on course to revive traditional farm practices - Dibyendu Chaudhuri and Parijat Ghosh

-VillageSquare.in Deskilling of Central Indian Plateau Adivasis has led to loss of traditional knowledge and indigenous seeds. Efforts are on to reskill them by reviving traditional practices “The food is not tasty anymore. We do not feel strong. We are taking poison,” said Temba Oraon, an elderly...

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A Kerala rice variety could be answer to troubles of cyclone-hit Bengal fields -Vishnu Varma

-The Indian Express The Super Cyclone Amphan had left a trail of destruction in South 24 Parganas district where it broke embankments causing saline water to seep into agricultural fields making irreversible changes to the soil texture. Enter the endemic Pokkali rice from Kerala famed for...

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Sugarcane waste helps increase yield of key cereals: Study -Anjali Marar

-The Indian Express Husk, bran, straw, stover, skin, molasses and bagasse are some of the agro-waste products obtained from rice, wheat, maize, millet and sugarcane. Farmers usually burn these waste products after harvest, often leading to massive air pollution as experienced in Delhi during winters. Pune: A...

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Solar-powered water pumps offer ray of hope for Spiti’s farmers -Gaurav Bisht

-Hindustan Times Diesel-run generators used for irrigation not only burnt a hole in their pockets but were also an environmental concern Chandigarh: Solar-powered water pumps have come as a ray of hope for tribal farmers of the remote Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh that otherwise offers limited...

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