Thursday, 19 May, 2022
TopicOrganic farming

Topic: Organic farming

SubscriberWrites: Organic farming to tax cuts—How the Sri Lankan govt created the country’s economic crisis

Sri Lanka has suspended payments on its international debt of more than 51 billion dollars, actively putting the country in default, writes Jay Desai.

Sri Lanka junks organic farming 6 months after overnight ban on chemical fertiliser imports

Sri Lanka has distributed consignment of nano urea fertiliser imported from India for paddy cultivation. There was a lot of anger among farmers over the earlier ban.

How Sri Lanka’s flip to organic farming has now caused row with China over fertiliser crisis

A Sri Lankan bank withheld payment to China’s Qingdao Seawin Group after its fertiliser samples were allegedly found to host harmful bacteria. China has now blacklisted the bank.

Rajapaksa’s experiment with organic farming in Sri Lanka a warning to developing countries

The Sri Lankan government would do well to listen to the country’s agricultural scientists and not to quacks masquerading as experts.

How Sri Lanka’s overnight flip to total organic farming has led to an economic disaster

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was forced to impose an economic emergency on 31 August to contain soaring food inflation, and currency devaluation and forex reserves crisis.

China is going organic and emerging as a leader in sustainable agriculture

Chinese farmers are ditching chemical agriculture for reasons of personal health, ecological protection and economic motives, propped up state support.

Modi govt supports Zero Budget Natural Farming but doesn’t have enough budget to promote it

From PM Modi to FM Nirmala Sitharaman, the govt has always spoken in support of ZBNF. But the budget allocation for its promotion is quite meagre.

A ‘post-chemical world’ is building as agribusinesses go green

Pressure for less chemical-intensive farming methods is coming from retailers like Walmart, who are throwing more dollars toward organic foods with environmental claims.

Turns out organic farming is far worse for climate change than conventional agriculture

A UK study finds that while direct emissions might come down, increased use of land to produce the same amount of food will cause emissions to rise by 21%.

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PT Pertamina Balongan refinery in Indramayu, Indonesia | Representational image | Bloomberg

Asian refiners to ramp up gasoline exports to US as sky-high prices beckon

In Asia, gasoline margins have doubled to more than $33 a barrel since the end of March and have edged above those for diesel, which have eased from a peak in early May.

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File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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