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India will lose on agri-tech, experts tell PM, seek quicker approval for gene-edited plants

Experts associated with IAAG have written to PM Modi claiming approvals for gene-edited plants have been ‘inordinately delayed’ as the regulatory body has sought opinion of states.
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How an agritech firm is helping Haryana, Punjab farmers use bio-decomposer to curb stubble burning

A Bengaluru-based firm is providing bio-decomposer in the form of ready-to-use spray solution to help farmers eliminate crop residue burning.
A farmer rides past fields of corn in Karnal, Haryana | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg File Photo

SubscriberWrites: Indian farmers are the modern ‘holy cows’

India has had many holy cows. Some have been dethroned. Some have remained holy cows. Even now, some are being elevated to the status of being holy cows, writes BN Gururaj.
Farmers at a rice paddy field | Representational image | Commons

India’s small & marginal farmers have essentially become wage labourers, data shows

Agricultural households possessing less than an hectare of land earn only a third of their monthly income from farming, shows govt report released last month.
Farmers at a rice paddy field | Representational image | Commons

PM releases first non-GM herbicide-tolerant rice varieties. This is how they will help farmers

The herbicide-tolerant rice varieties were among 35 such new crops that PM Modi dedicated to the nation Tuesday.
Representational image of millets | Leo_65 from Pixabay

A bowl of millets a day could keep cholesterol and diabetes at bay, study finds

New Delhi: Consuming 50-200 grams of millets daily for an extended period of time could help reduce the risk of cardiovascular threats by combating cholesterol and triacylglycerol levels as well as moderating one's body mass index (BMI), a new study has found. The study, undertaken by five organisations and led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), was based on millet consumption observed for durations ranging between 21 days and 4 months. The findings, published in Frontiers in Nutrition in July, pointed out that besides being highly nutritious, millets have a low carbon footprint with the ability to survive in high temperatures and minimal water. Millets are also known to have a low glycaemic index, which helps manage diabetes. ICRISAT released a summarised assessment of the study last week. Also read: Millet dosa or Millet biryani? Read the fine print on the food fad of the future Impact on cholesterol,...
A fruit vendor arranges produce at his store in Bengaluru, in June, 2021 | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

GE will lead the way to food security, India must invest in R&D, says agri expert

Biotechnologist Dr Deepak Pental says crops developed through biotechnology are key to increasing yield while surviving pest & pathogen attacks that have been rising due to global warming.
File photo of fish farming | Commons

Linking agriculture with fish farming can help feed the world. Here’s how

An 'integrated aquaculture system' where at least one fish-farming activity is linked to others, can bring sustainability to the seafood industry.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

Why you may not shed tears over onion prices this year

As of 31 July, agencies have procured over 1.8 LMT of onions — 90% of the aimed buffer stock. This will help price stabilising market interventions should they be needed.
Representational image | Workers unload sacks of rice at a grocery store in Bengaluru in June 2021 | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Why Modi govt wants to distribute fortified rice & how it will help combat ‘hidden hunger’

PM Modi in his I-Day speech announces that fortified rice will be distributed through the various food schemes to combat malnourishment among the poor.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a meeting with World Bank Group chief David Malpass in Washington D.C on 15 October 2021 | Twitter/@FinMinIndia

Climate financing still area of worry, says Sitharaman, flags questions on $100 bn pledge

The remarks came ahead of the upcoming COP-26 Summit to be held in UK. Leaders of nearly 200 countries will gather at the summit in Glasgow to discuss climate action.


Representational image of a contingent of the Indian Army| Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Military exercise with Sri Lanka will promote synergy, strengthen bilateral ties: Indian Army

The 8th edition of Exercise #MitraShakti21 between Indian & Sri Lankan armies culminated at the island nation's Ampara district with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.