Artifical Glaciers Are Being Made In India To Fight Climate Change

One guy in India is taking on the colossal forces of climate change using little more than ingenuity and a few pipes. Sonam Wangchuk, a mechanical engineer, is helping farmers around the icy desert Himalayan highlands of Ladakh in north India by creating artificial glaciers. It sounds crazy but the Ice Stupa Project is delivering results and has […]

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East-Northeast can be the food bowl of India

KOLKATA: The east and north-eastern parts of the country have unique advantage to be the food bowl of India, chairman of Pan IIT Alumni, India, Ashok Madhukar said. The two parts have access to land, water and labour, he said adding agriculture plays a critical role in food security, rural development and livelihood. Madhukar, who […]

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Organic Farming In India: A Vision or Challenge To National Food Security

India along with the other third world countries at large had been practically following an organic agriculture till the 50′s decade (World organic agriculture & TSR report). In light of the previous statement, organic farming or agrarian practices may not be called as a new state of the art technology. In fact, any traditional farming […]

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Australia: Tougher GM laws needed now

GM Watch reports that widespread non-compliance with Australia’s  Office of Gene Technology Regulator’s safety rules and licenses have been confirmed, a report from the NGO Gene Ethics says. “The OGTR is now assessing options to deregulate a tsunami of completely new GM techniques (CRISPR; Talen; ZFN; RNAi) and their products, recently invented,” says Gene Ethics […]

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CAG raps govt for poor crop cover schemes rollout in 2011-16

New Delhi, Jul 21 () The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) today slammed the government for poor implementation of crop insurance schemes in 2011-16, saying funds to the tune of Rs 3,622.79 crore were released to private insurers without verification. Both the central and state government had incurred an expenditure of Rs 32,606.65 […]

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Food Security: India pitches for permanent solution at WTO

The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has stressed that the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the WTO outcomes must include a permanent solution on public stock holding for food security purposes (PSH). The Minister visited Geneva on 18-19 July 2017 to, inter-alia, hold consultations with representatives of key WTO member countries, Director General WTO and […]

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GM crops will impact food security, fear farmers

Proponents of natural and organic farming, and progressive activists, have cautioned against permitting commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops saying that it will have a negative impact on the food security of the country as farmers will lose seed sovereignty. The issue came to the fore in view of the impending clearance of the […]

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USDA shifts GMO labeling policy for meat, eggs

The USDA will allow meat and eggs to be labeled as being raised without genetically engineered feed, marking a departure from the agency’s previous policy. Until now, the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service hasn’t allowed labels to include negative claims about genetically modified organisms unless they’re in the name of a third-party certifier, such […]

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Women in Rural India Register Gains in Nutrition, Food Security

Food security for women in rural India increased from 21 per cent in 2015 to 53 per cent in 2017, according to a research by Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger India Trust. The same increased for children from 23 per cent to 53 per cent. “These results offer hope for Indian women, more than […]

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FCI to save around Rs 6,600 cr annually after GST rollout

With the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) from July 1, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) would save around Rs6,600 crore annually on its tax bill. This is because the corporation which annually procures around 50-55 million tonne (MT) of rice and wheat from farmers in key grain growing states won’t have to pay […]

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