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How spider toxin can protect crops from insects

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 19:21

In a discovery that offers new ways to protect crops from insects, researchers have found that insecticides can be designed to target specific pests without harming beneficial species like bees.

Spectre of drought looms large in key states

Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014, 13:59

The spectre of drought looms large over several parts of the country this year as predictions of poor monsoon gain ground, raising fears of a fall in output of food crops and difficulties on water and power fronts even as the Centre coordinates with the states on tackling the situation.

Rice sowing declines by 38% to 21.91 lakh hectares so far

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 20:00

Paddy acreage has declined by 38 percent to 21.91 lakh hectares this year so far as area under the main kharif (summer) crop has come down sharply in Punjab and Chhasttisgarh.

Monsoon rains about a third below average in past week

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 19:40

India`s monsoon rains were 31 percent below average for the week ended June 25, weather office data showed on Thursday, the third straight week of poor rains after a delayed onset.

Govt hikes paddy MSP by Rs 50/qtl to Rs 1,360; may fuel prices

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 20:36

In a farmer-friendly move, the government Wednesday hiked the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 50 per quintal to Rs 1,360 for this year -- a decision which may fuel inflation.

CCEA approves hike in paddy MSP by Rs 50 per quintal

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 19:03

The government on Wednesday approved the decision to hike paddy MSP by Rs 50 to Rs 1,360 per quintal for the current crop year.

CCEA may decide on raising MSP of kharif crops today

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 08:57

According to sources, the Agriculture Ministry proposed an increase in the paddy MSP by Rs 50 to Rs 1,360 a quintal for the common variety and a raise of Rs 55 to Rs 1,400 a quintal for the 'grade A' variety for the current crop year.

Indian plant scientist Sanjaya Rajaram wins World Food Prize

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10:05

Eminent Indian plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, has been named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize in recognition of his outstanding work in the improvement of wheat crop.

EU reaches compromise deal on GM crops: Sources

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 21:25

After years of fractious talks, EU states have finally reached a compromise to allow cultivation of genetically modified (GM) food crops by giving their opponents an opt out, official sources said Wednesday.

FAO pegs 2014 world food import bill stabilise at $1.29 tln

Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014, 17:07

In 2013, world food import bill was USD 1.28 trillion.

Rising CO2 level poses threat to human nutrition

Last Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:32

The rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide that comes with climate change poses serious threat. According to a new study it has been revealed that the rising CO2 can cut the nutritional quality of some of the world`s most important food crops.

Now, bug sensors to help save crops

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 18:52

Scientists have developed an inexpensive wireless sensor to classify different insect species with up to 99 per cent accuracy, that could help protect crops from insect damage and limit the spread of insect-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.