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Why climate change studies on rice production are important in Wayanad -Aleena Thomas

-Down to Earth Area under rice cultivation has been declining rapidly in north Kerala district between 2004-05 and 2018-19 Wayanad in Kerala is known for its traditional rice varieties apart from the district’s unique climate and culture. Even a few decades ago, the farming community cultivated almost 75 traditional rice varieties of rice. Over the years, however, it has narrowed down to 20. Adukkan, Veliyan, Chenellu, Chomala, Chenthadi, Thondi, Gandhakasala, Jeerakasala, Mullankaima and...

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After Sikkim, Lakshadweep set to turn 100% organic -Vineet Kumar

-Down to Earth The use of synthetic chemicals for agriculture was halted completely in 2005 by the Union territory Lakshadweep, after Sikkim, is on its way to become 100 per cent organic. The Union territory’s agriculture department had submitted a proposal to the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, seeking to declare its entire 32 square kilometre geographical land area as organic. The proposal was approved October 26, 2020 after receiving required certifications...

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UP farmers fume at stubble burning whip -Piyush Srivastava

-The Telegraph Uproar against crackdown Lucknow: A crackdown on stubble burning by Uttar Pradesh police has infuriated farmers, underlining the challenge the government faces in implementing the anti-pollution measure at a time the agricultural community is livid with the Centre over new farm laws. Scenes of officers dragging some of the accused farmers by their collar has led to the crop growers’ frustration boiling over, with farmer leader Harnam Singh accusing the government...

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farming GM crops, employment fund -- what govt panel has suggested to create 20 cr jobs in 5 yrs -Neelam Pandey

-ThePrint.in A Working Group of Ministers on employment generation and skill development submitted its report to PM Modi, making 63 suggestions across 18 sectors for job creation. New Delhi: Looking to create 20 crore job opportunities in the next five years, a government-appointed Working Group of Ministers (WGoM) has suggested allowing farming of Genetically Modified (GM) maize and soybean crops, private bikes for ride-sharing, expediting road projects and starting new ones, among...

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Weather advisories drive farmers’ income up to 50% -Richard Mahapatra

-Down to Earth Every rupee spent on weather forecasting fetches 50-fold economic gains to below poverty line farming families   A survey by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has shown that timely delivery of weather advisories to farmers had a significant impact on their income. The survey was done to gauge the economic impact of India’s investments on the National Monsoon Mission (NMM) and High Performance Computing Facilities (HPC). It...

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