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‘No other option’ — as its fields turn black & skies smoky, why Punjab won’t stop burning stubble

Stubble burning in Punjab has increased by 18.5% from last year. Amid a political blame game, farmers claim they have no choice and agriculture officials say their hands are tied.

In Iowa’s fields, tech is an ally: What Indian soybean farmers can learn from US counterparts

Average US yield is more than three times that of India, where low productivity means that the country relies excessively on imports.

Why some farmers in Maharashtra’s drought-prone Sangli are taking a chance on dragon fruit

A low-maintenance crop, dragon fruit does not require much water. And while the initial investment for its cultivation might be high, the profits are even higher.

Govt approves environmental release of GM mustard, paves way for commercial cultivation

India meets 70% of its domestic cooking oil demand by importing a variety of oils, including palm, soybean and sunflower varieties.

Opposed to genetically modified crops until 2015, Ethiopia approves GM potato and maize trials

GM potato is resistant to the devastating fungal disease late blight, while GM maize is drought-resistant. Ethiopia is also also holding trials of GM enset (a type of banana).

More bad news after inflation hits 5-month high: Wheat stocks at 6-yr low, ‘rice output to fall’

Wheat stocks are half of where they stood in October 2021. Public stocks of rice are nearly double stocking norm, but price outlook depends on actual harvest this season.

A glut, low prices & high costs — why Himachal’s apple farmers are a bitter lot as polls near

With assembly polls approaching, BJP in Himachal has little time left to address farmers’ demands of MSP, uniform box sizes and relaxation in ‘colour classification’ of apples.

After Haryana, now Punjab records rain damage to paddy. Farmers to ‘wait & watch’, may seek relief

Jagmohan Singh of BKU (Dakaunda) says farmers expecting 40% loss in early rice varieties. According to experts, crop damage of this nature has taken place after almost a decade.

Snapdragon genes, anti-cancer properties — purple tomatoes are a superfruit, 14 yrs in the making

These genetically modified tomatoes will soon hit the shelves in US and are said to protect against certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, among other ailments.

Why Punjab farmers who bet big on moong this summer reaped a harvest of discontent

MSP for moong became ceiling price as private traders were unwilling to offer more, claim growers. Another factor was low procurement of produce at MSP by Punjab government.

On Camera

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Apple revolutionised smartwatch. Then came the budget wave and more—AmazFit, Fitbit to Samsung

The Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 are good options for fitness fiends who want a smartwatch for fitness tracking only, while Garmin is great for extreme sports enthusiasts.
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GameFi is revolutionising global NFT market. Here’s how crypto regulations could shape it

GameFi is the intersection of gaming and finance in an environment driven by use of blockchain, non-fungible tokens and smart contracts.

Defence

Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.