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Experts slam move for approving new Bt brinjal variety, cite regulatory lapses -Meenakshi Sushma

-Down to Earth The Event 142 variety of genetically modified brinjal was quietly given approval without any data in the public domain, claim experts Experts have slammed a recent move of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) — a government-appointed committee responsible for appraisal of proposals of genetically engineered organisms — giving its greenlight for biosafety research-level-II (BRL-II) field trials for Event 142, a new variety of genetically modified brinjal (Bt brinjal)...

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Soaring Pulses: Is the Spike in Retail Price of Moong in 2020 a Cause for Concern? -Aditya KS, Girish K. Jha and Praveen KV An increase in prices of pulses affects consumption and has ramifications for food and nutritional security. In April 2020, the retail prices of Moong and Urad increased by 25% and 11% compared to their five-year monthly average prices. Also, the retail prices of Moong in 2020 have consistently remained 25% more than the monthly five-year average prices for the period of March to July. An increase in prices of pulses affects consumption and...

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Study on climate underlines need to change cropping pattern -R Krishna Kumar

-The Hindu Current method is based on pre-1960s rainfall data, says expert; report also calls for changes in agro plans owing to shift in rainfall and temperature variation A recent analysis of the last 58 years’ (1960 to 2017) weather data of Karnataka has indicated a considerable shift in rainfall pattern in the State, which has a bearing on Agriculture and water security. It calls for changes in the present cropping pattern and...

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'Agriculture and Atmanirbharta' Is a Noble Vision, but Needs Hard Decisions and Political Consensus -Siraj Hussain While self-sufficiency has been baked into how India has historically looked at the Agriculture sector, long-term planning is the need of the hour. In his address to the nation on May 12, 2020, the Prime Minister gave a call for Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. He said that the state of the world today teaches us that an Atmanirbhar Bharat is the only path and our scriptures mention eshah panthah, self-sufficient India. For Agriculture,...

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Explained: With better monsoon, what is the outlook for India’s farm sector? -Udit Misra

-The Indian Express More and better-distributed rainfall this year is likely to result in higher sowing, higher production, productivity and profitability for the Agriculture sector. While it is clear that India’s broader economy will contract this year, it is also true that well-distributed rainfall has meant that the Agriculture sector per se may be quite productive this year. A new report by Crisil throws light on the prospects of the farm sector. Here’s...

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