Plants wage wars to absorb sunlight and outgrow each other by using their cellular sensors that can set off an internal alarm when threatened by the shade of other plants, scientists have found. If a plant is shaded by another, it becomes cut off from essential sunlight it needs to survive.
Back-to-back droughts for the first time in nearly 30 years mean some rural areas in the north are running out of water for human consumption and agriculture, prompting warnings of serious consequences if urgent action is not taken.
As many as four states, which contribute more than one-third of total foodgrains production, and five crops totals to one-fourth of total output are most hurt by deficient rains, a rating agency said Wednesday.
A 25-year-old farmer died in Faridpur Khas village in Baniyather area after he allegedly committed suicide over a delay in getting monetary relief for his damaged crops, a district official said on Tuesday.
With untimely rains and hailstorm causing widespread damage to wheat crop, growers in Haryana are not keeping luster loss crop for their own consumption and bringing the same to mandis for sale, which is leading to more than expected arrivals in ongoing procurement season.
The Centre on Tuesday said it is ready to relax quality norms for procurement of wheat from farmers in view of crops being affected by the unseasonal rains and hailstorms in various parts of the country.
An informal group of ministers, headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, has been constituted to look into the issue of raising cap of financial assistance given to farmers whose crops have been affected due to unseasonal rains and other natural calamities.