Flood Hazard in India

Flooding is commonly defined as a condition when water flow exceeds the capacity of its channel. In hydrology, however, floods are extreme, high magnitude events, which are characterised by a significant departure from mean flow conditions. Hydrological characteristics of floods are analysed through the application of various statistical measures on different discharge data sets, at […]

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Perspectives on Fertiliser Usage

Indian farmers have a long history of supplementing soil fertility by using organic and green manures with judicious practices dating back to over 100 years. The growth in chemical fertilizer usage was, however, very slow upto the 1950s confined only to plantation crops. Post Independence, government envisaged the need to increase fertiliser usage to enhance […]

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SWAJAIVIK FARMING: Sustainable organic farms for all

The concept of rooftop farming is not new, existing from perhaps as far back as 500 BC —the hanging gardens of Babylon. In the present context there have been many experimental rooftop farms too, a very successful one being the Brooklyn Grange in midst of the bustling New York City. India too is not far […]

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Climate Change and Efficient Nitrogen Management

Nitrogen is the most limiting nutrient controlling the primary production of all agricultural systems. Intensively cultivated systems, therefore, require exogenous application of nitrogen both in inorganic and organic forms. Worldwide, use efficiency of external nitrogen supplied is as low as 33 per cent (J K Ladha, et al., 2005, ‘Efficiency of fertiliser nitrogen in cereal […]

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Biofertilisers in Indian Agriculture

As per the Fertiliser Control Order (FCO), 1985, ‘biofertiliser’ is any product containing carrier based (solid or liquid) living microorganisms, which are agriculturally useful in terms of nitrogen fixation, phosphorous solubilisation or nutrient mobilisation, increasing the productivity of the soil and crop. Biofertilisers are also known as bioinoculant or microbial inoculant or cultures. On application, […]

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Natural Gas For Fertiliser: Development Imperatives

India’s massive demand for natural gas is a result of its easy substitution of liquid fuels such as naphtha, fuel oil, diesel etc. India at present is producing less than 100 million standard cubic meter per day (MMSCMD) and another 50 MMSCMD is imported as liquefied natural gas (LNG) (Fertiliser Statistics, 2011-12, Fertiliser Association of […]

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Fertiliser Pricing and Subsidy Policy in India

Fertiliser is a vital input needed for the enhancement of agricultural production and it played a phenomenal role in the achievement of the green revolution in the country. It has all along been the endeavour of the government to ensure the availability of an adequate quantity of fertiliser at reasonable prices to the farmers across […]

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Fertiliser Consumption: State wise Pattern

India being a highly populated country, achievement of food security has been the prime agenda of the government over the years. Food grain production is inextricably linked with fertiliser consumption, both of which have seen a phenomenal growth in the country during the past four decades. Total nutrient consumption—nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N+P+K) has gone […]

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Quantitative Methods: Regionalisation through Composite Indices

Geographers carve out areas from a heterogeneous space—defining physiographic, agro-climatic, manufacturing, development and various other regions. These form the lens through which they conduct further analysis. Since the issues dealt with are commonly multi-dimensional, there arises a need to bring the different facets together to enable regionalisation. A scholar engaged in gender geography may be […]

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