Organic farming: Vermicompost

Earthworms feed on decaying organic material and deposit castings—a natural fertiliser. The process by which these earthworms can be cultured or used in composting pits, crates, tanks, concrete rings or any containers is commonly known as vermicompost. About 2500 species of earthworms have been identified world over of which more than 500 species are found […]

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Climate Change: Crop Insurance

The frequency and severity of risks in agriculture particularly in last few decades have increased with climate variability and change. Rising temperatures, erratic rainfall, increase in the severity of droughts, floods and cyclones have caused huge losses in agricultural production and livestock population. The recent Planning Commission Report, titled ‘Risk Management in Agriculture’ has made […]

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Genetic Use Restriction Technologies

When seeds of crop varieties containing terminator genetic manipulation are purchased from the company and planted, they germinate and grow normally but produce seeds that do not germinate when saved by the farmers for sowing in the following season. Thus, healthy and high yielding plants are genetically commanded to produce ‘sterile’ seeds preventing the farmers […]

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