Agriculture # Crops

Sugarcane- Cultivating the sweet bounty of India

Sugarcane is an industrial crop that is extensively used in a variety of industries. This crop with its variety of uses can generate great economic prospects.

Agriculture # Crops

Cultivating Rice Crop in India – A Production Update

Rice is a staple crop of India, and its importance in the country cannot be negated. The rice crop is water intensive and is becoming increasingly dependent on groundwater.

Agriculture # Crops

Wheat Crop in India – the Productivity Woes

Wheat Crop has lot of importance from Indian point of view. With India being a leading consumer and producer of the Wheat, it is important to know about it

Agriculture # Agriculture Bytes

Debating the GM Crops Efficacy

There has been a debate around GM crops for over a decade. While some want their use, there are differential views asking for clarity on issues of safety.

Agriculture # Livestock

Jallikattu and Tamil Nadu Victimhood

Embracing the bull has been a topic of fiery debate in Tamil Nadu for quite some time now. “ Jallikattu ” or “Eru Thazhuvuthal” (literally, embrace the bull) is a traditional bull taming sport and is part of Pongal celebrations dating back to the Tamil Classic Period (400-100B.C.). But, today, has the sport become a rallying cry for Tamil identity or is it a culmination of recent events in Chennai? What about Jallikattu threatened the Tamil’s identity? Are they playing out the abandoned...

Policy

Diversifying India’s Food Basket: NBA outlines the critical role of biodiversity

Our food basket is increasingly being confined to a few select crops and cereals. Yet, our nation is endowed with a huge variety - a rich biodiversity, which provides of a complex stock of animals, plant and micro-organisms at genetic, species and eco-system levels. India needs to look beyond performance and diversify with biodiversity as the as a key functionary of the agro-ecosystem. Policies are thus urgently needed to promote a robust and sustainable agro-process through the biodiversity route.

Fisheries

Suckerfish: Darling of aquariums, terror of open waters

Pterygoplichthys or commonly known as Janitor fish or sailfin armoured catfish and popular in India as suckerfish have severely invaded inland water bodies in India.

Crops

Stevia: The Sweet Leaf

The sweet leaf, also known as the honey herb, is nowadays being used as an alternative for sugar. It is also used to treat a gamut of problems from diabetes obesity, hypertension, physical fatigue, and heart burn to even dental decay as the leaves are endowed with significant medicinal properties. A native of Paraguay and named after the Spanish botanist P. J. Esteve, the plant has been used as a natural sweetener for centuries in South America, especially by the Guarani Indians in Paraguay. In Japan,...

Crops # Education

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as the Indian ginseng, is renowned for its medicinal value and considered a true gift of nature. A rejuvenative herb, it promotes energy and vitality and has been used for centuries for its restorative properties to remedy conditions of weakness. This 'White Cherry' improves the body's ability to adapt to various types of stress. It is especially beneficial in disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes and general debility. It is known as Asgandh, Punir and Askandhatilti...

Agriculture # Policy

Parliamentary Committee recommends for a National Policy on Forest Fires

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests, under the Chairpersonship of Renuka Chowdhury, Member of Parliament presented its Two Hundred and Ninety-third Report on ‘Forest Fires and its Effect on Environment, Forests, Bio-diversity and Wildlife and remedial/preventive measures’ to both the Houses of Parliament on December 16, 2016. Uncontrollable and devastating forest fires ravaged the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal...