Illegal sale of “HT Bt cotton” seeds doubles in a year

What is the News? The illegal cultivation of (Herbicide Tolerant) HT Bt cotton has seen a significant increase in recent years. Similarly, the sale of HT Bt Cotton seeds has more than doubled from 30 lakh in 2020 to 75 lakh in 2021. Due to this, the seed industries have asked the Ministry of Agriculture to… Continue reading Illegal sale of “HT Bt cotton” seeds doubles in a year

India starts exporting GI-certified “Jalgaon banana” to Dubai

What is the News? In a major boost to India’s exports of Geographical Indications(GI) certified agricultural produce, a consignment of fibre and mineral-rich ‘Jalgaon Banana’ has been shipped to Dubai. About Jalgaon Banana: Jalgaon is known as the ‘banana hub’ of Maharashtra. It accounts for about 50% of the State’s banana plantation. In 2016, the… Continue reading India starts exporting GI-certified “Jalgaon banana” to Dubai

GI certified “Jardalu mangoes” from Bihar exported to the UK

What is the News? The first commercial consignment of Geographical Indications(GI) certified Jardalu mangoes from Bhagalpur, Bihar was exported to the United Kingdom. About Jardalu Mangoes: Jardalu Mangoes is grown in the Bhagalpur district of Bihar. It received the Geographical Indications(GI) certification in 2018. The mango is famous for its exclusive aroma, sweetness and other… Continue reading GI certified “Jardalu mangoes” from Bihar exported to the UK

First consignment of GI certified “Shahi Litchi” exported to the U.K

What is the News? In a major boost to the export of Geographical Indication(GI) certified products, the first consignment of Shahi Litchi from Bihar was exported to the United Kingdom. About Shahi Litchi: Firstly, Shahi Litchi is a variety of litchi that is grown in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. It has high pulp and is juicier compared… Continue reading First consignment of GI certified “Shahi Litchi” exported to the U.K

India begins export of GI certified “Gholvad Sapota”

What is the News? There has been an export of a consignment of Dahanu Gholvad sapota (naseberry)  to the United Kingdom from Maharashtra’s Palghar district. This will provide a major boost to future shipments of Geographical Indication(GI) certified products from India. About Gholvad Sapota: Firstly, the Geographical Indication(GI) certification of Gholvad Sapota is held by… Continue reading India begins export of GI certified “Gholvad Sapota”

“Beema Bamboo”: A clone of “Bambusa balcooa” can mitigate climate change

What is the News? Tamil Nadu Agricultural University(TNAU) has designed an ‘oxygen park’ within its premises at Coimbatore with Beema Bamboo. About Beema Bamboo: Beema or Bheema Bamboo is a superior clone selected from Bambusa balcooa. It is a higher biomass yielding bamboo species. A clone is an animal or plant that has been produced… Continue reading “Beema Bamboo”: A clone of “Bambusa balcooa” can mitigate climate change

“Large Area Certification Scheme”

What is the News? The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare has conferred a land area in the Andaman and Nicobar with organic certification. This is the first large contiguous territory conferred with the organic certification under the ‘Large Area Certification’ (LAC) scheme. This is a scheme of the PGS-India (Participatory Guarantee System) certification program. Note:… Continue reading “Large Area Certification Scheme”

“MACS 1407” – A new high-yielding, pest-resistant Soybean Variety

What is the News? Scientists from MACS- Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) Pune in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR) have developed a variety of Soybean called MACS 1407. The MACS-ARI is an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology.  About MACS 1407: MACS 1407 is a high-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean.… Continue reading “MACS 1407” – A new high-yielding, pest-resistant Soybean Variety

Farmer develops mango variety that bears fruits round the year

What is the News? Shrikishan Suman, a farmer from Kota, Rajasthan has developed an innovative mango variety called Sadabahar. About Sadabahar: Sadabahar is a dwarf variety of mango that can be grown regularly for round the year. Dwarf is used to describe varieties or species of plants and animals which are much smaller than the… Continue reading Farmer develops mango variety that bears fruits round the year

Sustainable Agriculture demands Optimum Water Management

Synopsis:  The declining availability and accessibility of water necessitates strengthening the water management measures. In this regard, the focus should be drawn on Sustainable Agriculture.  Background On March 22 (World Water Day), Prime Minister launched the ‘Catch the rain Campaign’ under Jal Shakti Abhiyan. The campaign focuses on robust rainwater conservation including the use of… Continue reading Sustainable Agriculture demands Optimum Water Management