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Healthy soils needed for sustainable development: UN
Jun 18, 2012 On World Day to Combat Desertification, UN officials calls for greater efforts to preserve the soils on which human subsistence depends; and to halt and reverse land degradation.
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Sri Lankan farmers learn to fight soil salinity
Oct 13, 2008 Due to increased soil salinity in Sri Lanka, farmers were forced to leave large parts of land uncultivated. They are now learning new ways to grow rice using the traditional strains, which may not be giving them high yields but are resistant to pests and diseases.
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India launches coastal saline crop initiative
Jan 14, 2011 The Indian government launched a pilot project to produce cash crops in saline coastal regions using halophytes, or salt loving plants. Halophytes can be used for producing edible oils, medicines, biofuels etc. The project is expected to transform agricultural production in coastal areas where large parts of land have become unsuitable for any other form of cultivation
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India: Punjab confronted by the perils of Green Revolution
Feb 04, 2011 Stagnating yields, loss of biodiversity and damaged soil conditions are haunting the farmers of Punjab. The immense pressure put on soils due to intensive monocultures of wheat and paddy and displacement of other nutrient-rich crops has severely degraded its quality. Reckless fertiliser use has also deteriorated productivity and contaminated water bodies in the area.
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Bangladesh: Much opposition over proposed international airport project
Feb 05, 2011 Despite Bangladesh’s agreement to honour all global treaties to conserve environment, its own laws at times encourage questionable construction schemes that threaten to destroy valuable natural resources. The proposed international airport project in Arial Beel has therefore been strongly criticised given its adverse impacts on biodiversity, agriculture and livelihoods.
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Put life back into the soil: Greenpeace
Feb 24, 2011 All does not seem to be well on the farm-front lately as sick soils, declining yields, growing debts and rising malnutrition stalk the farmers. India’s agriculture policy of heavily subsidising synthetic fertilizers has deteriorated soil quality. Greenpeace India, through its Living Soils Campaign is, therefore, pushing the government to adopt sustainable agricultural policies.
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