- Labour scarcity a constraint for Indian farm sector: expert
Sep 16, 2014
“The issue of agricultural labor shortage very closely affects poverty alleviation and basic food security,” ICRISAT DG.
[India] [Agriculture] [Agri-technology] [South Asia]
- Digital sets to boost agricultural research in Bangladesh
Aug 12, 2015
The TEEAL digital sets containing more than 5 lakh articles will prove to be a boon in areas with limited access to internet.
[Bangladesh] [South Asia] [Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [India]
- For the first time, 90 chickpea genomes decoded
Jan 28, 2013
Decoding of chickpea genomes, a leading grain legume, will help in improving livelihoods of small farmers and provide nutritional security to the poor.
[Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [ICRISAT] [Chickpea Genomes] [India] [Hunger and Poverty] [South Asia]
- Using ICTs to hunt better markets for apple farmers
May 15, 2013
Shri Jagdamba Samiti (SJS), a Rishikesh based NGO, is engaged in the task of empowering small apple farmers in the North Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, by enabling farmers to move up the economic chain.
Vikram Singh, Senior Executive, ICT and Value Chain, at SJS, advocates that ICTs could be an effective tool for imparting farm related inputs to farmers to make the reap a quality harvest.
[Apple farmers] [ICTs] [India] [Agri-business] [Agri-technology]
- Collection centres empower small farmers
May 16, 2013
There is a silent revolution happening in the apple hills of India. An initiative to empower the small farmers of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh has taken root wherein they are setting up joint venture companies. Six such companies, initially funded by an investor, are on the ground and the farmers eventually hope to own them once the money is repaid back to the investor.
[South Asia] [Apple farmers] [India] [Agri-business] [Agri-technology]
- Agri-value chains bring prosperity to Himalayan farmers
May 17, 2013
Agri-value chains are bringing prosperity to small apple farmers of Uttarakhand by helping them market their produce more efficiently.
[India] [Agri-technology] [Agri-business] [South Asia]
- Timely weather info to improve farm incomes
Jan 30, 2013
In India, where agriculture is still largely dependent on the vagaries of nature, agromet advisories can aid in raising a farmer’s income, say experts at a TERI-organised conference on agriculture and climate change.
[Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [Sustainable agriculture] [South Asia] [Climate change] [Indian Farmers]
- Indian govt lauded for putting GM crop field trials on hold
Jun 24, 2013
Greenpeace India has lauded the decision by the Indian government for keeping food and farms free from contamination by GM crops.
[South Asia] [Agriculture] [GM Crops] [India] [Greenpeace] [Agri-technology]
- Now, genetically modified cows without horns
Apr 29, 2013
The genetically modified dairy cow will be identical in every respect to existing livestock but without the horns and their associated safety risks.
- SC expert committee for withholding GM field trials in India
Jul 22, 2013
The committee has suggested the withholding of the field trials of GM crops until a revamping of the system with biosafety as the main mandate is done.
[South Asia] [Environment] [Agri-business] [Agri-technology] [GM Crops] [Agriculture] [India]
- Now, a new age tool to deal with global malnutrition
Jun 02, 2014
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launches a new guidance tool to ensure food security and sustainable development.
- High time to explore new agri-business models: expert
Jan 28, 2014
Discarding traditional agricultural practices in favour of alien methods have pushing Indian farming on the edge, said Devinder Sharma, Agriculture and Food Security Expert.
[Agri-technology] [India] [Agri-business] [South Asia] [Sustainable Development] [Agriculture] [Agro-chemicals]
- Rural technology platform for sugarcane farmers
Apr 02, 2013
The Sugarcane Information System (SIS) is a technical platform to streamline interaction between farmers, sugar mills and societies through SMS, IVRS and web portals that provide free of cost services and information to farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
[Agriculture] [South Asia] [India] [Agri-technology]
- Withdraw biotech regulator bill: Indian Parliamentarians
May 04, 2013
Indian legislators have strongly opposed the proposed biotech regulatory bill calling it contrary to the national interests and giving in to the interests of large MNCs.
[Agri-technology] [Indian Parliamentarians] [India Parliament] [Biotech] [South Asia] [Biodiversity]
- Indian industry urged to invest in green agrochemicals
Jul 30, 2013
The Indian government has urged the industry for the development of eco-friendly green agrochemicals.
[Agri-technology] [South Asia] [Agriculture] [Agro-chemicals] [India]
- Pesticides blamed for midday meal deaths in India
Jul 31, 2013
Last month, 23 children died in a village in the eastern state of Bihar after eating school lunch that was made with cooking oil tainted with the monocrotophos pesticide.
[Agri-technology] [South Asia] [Health] [Agriculture] [Children]
- Short duration farming gains popularity in Bangladesh
Oct 25, 2013
The farmers of Gaibandha district started to cultivate the short duration varieties on their land on experimental basis a few years back.
[Bangladesh] [Agriculture] [Agri-technology] [Farming] [South Asia]
- The first peanut genomes sequenced
Apr 03, 2014
The International Peanut Genome Initiative releases the first peanut genome sequences to the public.
[Agri-business] [Agri-technology] [Science] [Agriculture] [South Asia]
- Indian Govt puts on hold clearances for GM crop trials
Jun 24, 2013
The decision was taken by the environment ministry in view of an ongoing case in the Supreme Court on GM crops.
[South Asia] [GM Crops] [India] [Agri-technology]
- Indian farmers need to upgrade standards of production: Dutch expert
May 25, 2013
Wim Van Den Berg, Director of the Netherlands-based company, Van Amerongen CA Technology, said that Indian farmers would need to have better contacts with the market to raise their profits.
[South Asia] [Agriculture] [Agri-technology] [India] [Agri-business] [Apple farmers]
- LifeLines-Agriculture toll free number rings in Uttarakhand
May 19, 2014
LifeLines-Agriculture service will seek to impart education and know-how on horticulture and farming and promote financial inclusion of these communities.
[Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [Agri-business] [Indian Films] [Uttarakhand] [South Asia]
- India set for public-private partnership in agri-research
Feb 18, 2013
Addressing the annual general meeting of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research today, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar unveiled a strategy to rope private players in the area of agricultural research.
[India] [Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [South Asia]
- Climate change challenge offers opportunities: Renu Swarup, Biotechnologist
Feb 19, 2013
Renu Swarup, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India, talks to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia on the sidelines of a global conference held in New Delhi recently.
[Biodiversity] [Agriculture] [Climate Change] [India] [South Asia] [Agri-technology]
- Research on dryland cereals to boost food security
Feb 20, 2013
Strategic, high-quality international agriculture research partnerships on grain legumes and dryland cereals will help to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security in marginal environments.
[Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [South Asia] [India] [ICRISAT]
- SMS service for farmers in India logs 1150 mn advisories
Jul 21, 2014
In keeping with plans for rolling out IVRS and voice-based advisories, offline text to voice conversion at the users' end is also under advanced stage of development for semi-literate and illiterate users.
[India] [Agriculture] [Agri-technology] [South Asia]
- Now, soil maps via GIS to aid Indian farmers
Jul 22, 2014
GIS-based soil fertility maps for 19 states, developed by the Indian Institute of Soil Sciences could help enhance productivity, sustainability and also prevent environmental degradation.
[Agri-technology] [South Asia] [Agriculture] [Indian Farmers]
- New govt scheme to promote organic farming in India
Sep 03, 2014
The Government has launched Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) to promote use of organic farming.
[Agri-business] [India] [Agri-technology] [Agro-forestry] [Agriculture] [Agro-chemicals]
- Private investment crucial for Indian agriculture: Govt
Jun 20, 2015
Experts at an agro summit in New Delhi called for bridging the information gap in the agricultural sector for enhancing farmers’ profits.
[Agri-business] [Agri-technology] [Agriculture] [South Asia] [Indian Government] [Indian Farmers]
- Yantradoot: A farm mechanisation initiative in Madhya Pradesh
Apr 01, 2013
The Yantradoot Village Scheme seeks to increase agricultural productivity in Madhya Pradesh through dissemination of information and know-how on improved agricultural technologies among farmers in the state.
[Technology] [Agriculture] [Agri-technology] [South Asia] [Madhya Pradesh] [India]
- Anti-GM group backs claims with scientific evidence
Apr 01, 2013
The coalition for a GM Free India has released a compilation of research papers as evidence of the adverse impacts of genetically modified crops.
[Agriculture] [GM Food] [South Asia] [India] [GM Crops] [Agri-technology]