Govt sets up ‘war room’ on movement of fertilisers

What is the News? The Department of Fertilizers under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has set up a war room on the movement of fertilizers. What is the issue? The international prices of fertilisers and inputs have increased to their highest since 2008-09. Due to this, there is an unprecedented shortage of fertilisers both… Continue reading Govt sets up ‘war room’ on movement of fertilisers

India’s pulses problem: We need real reform

Synopsis: Some inherent flaws in MSP system and what the government needs to do to address them. Introduction India is the largest producer and consumer of pulses in the world. However, we consume more than what we produce. Therefore, pulses are imported, and the general public suffers due to the unusually high prices. The main… Continue reading India’s pulses problem: We need real reform

Digitisation of farm data needs awareness

Synopsis: Digitisation of data relating to farmers, and how private participation can strengthen agriculture. Introduction Government recently roped in corporate houses on a pro-bono (free of charge) basis in select areas for one year for digitisation of data related to Indian agriculture. These would be scaled up if found useful. A ‘Digital Agricultural Mission‘ has… Continue reading Digitisation of farm data needs awareness

Our farm income and nutrition challenge amid climate change

Synopsis: Need and ways to scale up sustainable agriculture’ practices (SAP’s). Introduction The global climate change negotiations at ‘CoP-26’ of ‘UNFCCC’ is scheduled for last October. It is in this context, the role of agriculture in environmental degradation and vulnerability of farmers needs to be seen. What are the vulnerabilities of Indian farmers due to climate… Continue reading Our farm income and nutrition challenge amid climate change

Sowing better to eat better

Synopsis: Understanding the new challenges plaguing the agricultural system and remedies needed.  Introduction  The health of a country’s agri-food systems determine the health of its people. Findings from the first round of the 5th “National Family Health Survey” suggest that nutrition related indicators have worsened in most States. The survey covers 17 States and five Union Territories, which comprise 54% of India’s population. … Continue reading Sowing better to eat better

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan inaugurates RAS established under PMMSY at Awantipor

What is the News? Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has inaugurated the Recirculatory Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology for the culture of rainbow trout in the private sector under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana(PMMSY) What is Recirculatory Aquaculture System(RAS) Technology? This method is used for high- density culture of various species of fish,… Continue reading Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan inaugurates RAS established under PMMSY at Awantipor

Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, launches a nationwide River Ranching Programme 

What is the news?  The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has launched a national level River Ranching program in UP.   At the same time, other 4 states namely, Uttarakhand, Orissa, Tripura and Chhattisgarh also participated nationwide River Ranching program launching.  What is river ranching? River ranching is a form of aquaculture in which a population of a fish species is… Continue reading Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, launches a nationwide River Ranching Programme 

The farmers’ movement is no longer about the three controversial farm laws

Synopsis: Despite the Supreme Court issuing a stay on the controversial farm laws passed by the govt, the protests which started against them, have carried on. They are now less about the farm laws but more about the issues and problems being faced by our farmers since long. A brief look at some of these… Continue reading The farmers’ movement is no longer about the three controversial farm laws

Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture

Synopsis: Two consultation paper, one by the Ministry of Agriculture and the other by Bain were released recently. They both talk about leveraging digital technology for helping farmers and supporting their livelihoods. Introduction The first consultation paper is on the India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW). It talks… Continue reading Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture

The future of vertical farming is brighter than once thought

Synopsis: The concept of vertical farming can fix several problems faced by conventional farms. Introduction AeroFarms is going to be the first vertical-farming startup to be listed on the Nasdaq in the next month after it completes a merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. What is Vertical farming? It is a system for growing food… Continue reading The future of vertical farming is brighter than once thought