“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

Dragon fruit to be renamed as ‘kamalam’

Why in News? Gujarat government has applied for a patent to change the nomenclature of dragon fruit to ‘Kamalam’.The word ‘Kamalam’ is a Sanskrit word and the shape of the dragon fruit resembles the lotus flower. Facts: Dragon Fruit: It is the fruit of a species of wild cactus indigenous to South and Central America,… Continue reading Dragon fruit to be renamed as ‘kamalam’

INSPIRE Faculty produced heat-tolerant wheat varieties resulting in improved grain yield

News: Researchers of the INSPIRE Faculty under the Department of Science and Technology(DST) are studying to develop a variety of wheat that does not lose its productivity under heat stress. Facts: Wheat and Heat Stress: Wheat is affected severely by Heat stress as it causes a dramatic reduction in yield as well as quality of… Continue reading INSPIRE Faculty produced heat-tolerant wheat varieties resulting in improved grain yield

After rice, India’s wheat exports register highest ever export in six years: US Department of Agriculture.

News: US Department of Agriculture(USDA) has released its forecast of Indian wheat exports for 2020-21(July-June). USDA has estimated India’s Wheat Exports for 2020-21 (July-June) to be around 1.8 million tonnes (mt), as against its earlier estimate of one mt. That would be the highest ever in the last six years. Facts: India’s Wheat Exports: Source:… Continue reading After rice, India’s wheat exports register highest ever export in six years: US Department of Agriculture.

Turmeric in India

Turmeric in India Source: The Hindu News: Sri Lankan police have seized 20,000 kg of turmeric smuggled by sea, reportedly from India amid a shortage persisting since Sri Lanka banned imports to support local farmers in the pandemic year. Facts: Turmeric (Curcuma longa): It is a perennial herbaceous plant of the ginger family. The plant’s underground stems… Continue reading Turmeric in India

Boosting Farmer’s Income

Context- Policies designed for an India on the edge of starvation don’t fit the India of today. What is the history of supply and demand of wheat crop in India? The genesis of the current state of affairs stems from policies initiated over half a century ago- Starvation period– It dates from the 1960s, when… Continue reading Boosting Farmer’s Income

Monoculture farming- depleting natural resources

Context- In the ongoing farm debate in the country the green reality check seems to be missing. What is agro ecology? It is a concept where agriculture sector of a country expanded along with keeping environmental protection [agriculture with sustainable environmental practice]. What is monoculture farming and is Impact? Monoculture is the agricultural practice of growing a single… Continue reading Monoculture farming- depleting natural resources