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State of India’s environment: Why farmers kill themselves

-Down to Earth The back of the Indian farmour is against the wall amid rising costs of inputs, climate change-induced risks and faulty market mechanisms More than 28 farmers and farm labourers die by suicide in India every day, according to the 2021 State of India’s Environment (SoE) report — an annual brought out by Down To Earth in association with Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The SoE report highlighted...

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Centre approves Rs 111.70 cr assistance to three states for kharif crop damage

-PTI/ The Telegraph Rs 68.65 crore for locust-infested Rajasthan, Rs 26.53 crore for Manipur crop damage because of drought The Centre on Wednesday said it has approved a financial assistance of Rs 111.70 crore for Rajasthan, Manipur and Meghalaya for crop damage due to locust attack, drought and flood during the 2019-20 kharif season. A decision in this regard was taken in the May 15 meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC), chaired...

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Cotton farmers desperate for passes -Antony Fernando

-The New Indian Express Cotton farmers in Karaikal have requested the district administration to give them and farm workers passes to carry out work in the fields in order prevent the crops from Pest Attack. KARAIKAL (Puducherry): Cotton farmers in Karaikal have requested the district administration to give them and farm workers passes to carry out work in the fields in order prevent the crops from Pest Attack. Cotton cultivation is taken...

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Crops failing against rising temperatures, Pest Attacks: Study -Pushp Bajaj

-Down to Earth Rising temperatures due to climate change may be compounding the stress on crops in multiple ways, it says Insect attacks are becoming stronger with rising temperatures and plants are not able to cope with the double whammy from pests and rising heat. These are the findings of a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study reinforces previous findings that persistent warm and...

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It's time to move away from paddy-wheat cropping cycle to end air pollution

Air quality in North India in general and Delhi National Capital Region (Delhi NCR) in particular plunged to its lowest point in the recent years during October-November thanks to a variety of factors. Through media reports one comes to know that stubble burning (also called paddy straw burning/ crop residue burning) is chiefly responsible for the public health crisis in India's capital and its nearby regions. Data accessed from the...

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