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Trap crops in IPM

Trap crops are grown to attract insects or other organisms to protect main crops from pest attack. Protection may be achieved either by preventing the pests from reaching the crop or by concentrating them in certain parts of the field where they can be destroyed. The principle of trap cropping rests on the fact that virtually all pests show a distinct preference to a certain crop stage. Farmers are being motivated to utilize trap cropping because of the difficulties in cropping with the pest situations in other ways. Resistance Additionally, pests have often evolved resistance to commonly used pesticides, which requires some alternative control...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:12 PM Visits 626

Stress on striking balance between food security & biofuel development

The right to adequate food for all should be a priority concern in biofuel development, but the two can be achieved simultaneously, according to Dr William Dar, director-general, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics). Dr Dar expressed this view while speaking at the annual Crawford Fund Food Security Conference held in Canberra recently. Dr Dar explained, “We can link the poor and marginal farmers with global biofuels revolution without compromising their access to food and nutrition.” He emphasised on the need to overcome the food-fuel trade-off by promoting feedstock like sweet sorghum that could grow on marginal lands...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:09 PM Visits 447

FCI wheat auction on NSPOT Platform sees 76 per cent increase in sales

The National  Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) Spot Exchange informed that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) saw a 76% rise in the quantity of wheat sold to millers at the first three e-auctions of the new marketing season.  They took place on the NSPOT Platform between August 7 and 21, 2014. About 1.54 lakh tonne of the grain was sold. Millers across 26 states have bought the wheat for prices ranging between Rs 1,500 per quintal to Rs 1,836 per quintal.  The auctions were conducted on the platform after the completion of a successful pilot last year, in which FCI sold...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:08 PM Visits 528

PepsiCo to source cashew from Maharashtra farmers

Ties up with the Clinton Foundation for new initiative Food and beverage firm PepsiCo will source cashew fruit from farmers in Maharashtra for its Indian juice business, under a strategic partnership with the Clinton Foundation. The partnership has been forged to stimulate social and economic development in emerging markets through a social enterprise model, the company said. The Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership model, founded by former US President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra, seeks to apply modern agricultural techniques to improve cashew farming practices, boost yield, and increase income for local smallholder farmers, it added. PepsiCo said the programme’s first Indian...

Last Updated: Friday, 25th July, 2014 06:49 PM Visits 450

Planting of crops expected to pick up substantially as monsoon strengthens

New Delhi: A week of surplus rainfall has filled up reservoirs to a level above the 10-year average and helped the monsoon deficit contract further to 24%, further easing the situation which was taking alarming proportions after six weeks of drought-like conditions that have delayed crop planting. Rainfall was 24% above normal in the past seven days, bouncing back from a deficit of 15% in the previous week and much drier phases before that. This filled the country's major reservoirs to 35% of the total capacity of 155.05 billion cubic metres, down from 51% last year, but better than the 10-year...

Last Updated: Friday, 25th July, 2014 06:03 PM Visits 509

Retail & wholesale veg price gap has risen beyond 49%, states ASSOCHAM

The difference between the wholesale (WSP) and retail prices of vegetables for 2013-14 has gone up beyond 49 per cent.  This was stated in a paper titled ‘Vegetables Wholesale and Retail Price Discrepancy’, by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).  It underscored the widening gap between the prices at which procurement is done from farmers and the price level for consumers. The paper added that the majority of Indian retailers were selling vegetables at prices which were significantly higher than the wholesale price index (WPI).  Normally, the difference between the WSP and retail price, on an average, stays around 30...

Last Updated: Thursday, 24th July, 2014 06:45 PM Visits 508

Punjab shortlists Monsanto, two others to provide maize seeds

The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday approved a proposal of the State agriculture department, which shortlisted Monsanto and two other companies to provide high yielding varieties (HYV) of maize seeds to farmers at subsidised rates during the current Kharif season. According to a release quoting a spokesperson from the Chief Minister’s office, the HYV seeds of three companies including Monsanto, Pioneer and Shri Ram had been chosen under the crop diversificationprogramme. It also said that after thorough research and a detailed exercise in collaboration with the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) the State government agreed to subsidise the seeds of...

Last Updated: Thursday, 24th July, 2014 06:44 PM Visits 467

India loses up to 2 million tons foodgrain production due to waterlogging

New Delhi: Government today said up to two million tonnes of foodgrains production get lost every year in the country due to the problem of waterlogging. "A recent study conducted by the World Bank showed that India loses 1.2 to 2 million tonnes of foodgrains production every year due to waterlogging," Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti told Lok Sabha. Quoting a study conducted by the Central Water Commission, Bharti said out of the total command area of 88895.62 thousand hectares was waterlogged. Perennial waterlogging covers 173.15 thousand hectares whereas seasonal waterlogging covers 1546.13 thousand hectares, she said during Question Hour. The Minister...

Last Updated: Thursday, 24th July, 2014 05:44 PM Visits 424