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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.

In a first in Tamil Nadu, DMK govt presents budget exclusively for agriculture

Minister for Agriculture MRK Panneerselvam said the budget was aimed at increasing farmers' income and it allocated Rs 34,220.65 crore for agriculture and related departments.
California agriculture

‘Threat to food security’ — US lawmakers seek to curb Chinese ownership of American farmland

US lawmakers have been seeking to limit Chinese purchases of American farmland amid fears that such ownership could 'lead to the creation of a Chinese-owned agricultural monopoly'.

Water storage levels low in major states, likely to hit food production and push inflation

Nine states have lesser storage in water reservoirs than in the corresponding period last year. Punjab, Gujarat, West Bengal, UP and MP among those facing the issue.
File photo of lentils on sale at a market | Joegoauk Goa | Flickr

Govt reduces import duty on masur dal to zero, cuts agri cess by half as prices & demand rise 

The move comes ahead of the festive season when demand is expected to rise even as inflation has already driven prices up.
Representational image | PM Modi and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at Ram Janambhoomi Pujan | ANI

There’s a crisis in Hindutva politics. It comes from its success

The unprecedented electoral triumph of BJP under Modi has created an impression that Hindutva is invincible. But it’s intellectually bankrupt now.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.