How are rising carbon dioxide levels affecting crops? NASA finds out!

How are rising carbon dioxide levels affecting crops? NASA finds out!

US space agency NASA is among those contributing toward this by carrying out studies in order to create awareness regarding these threats.

Seven new varieties of crops released by IARI

Seven new varieties of crops released by IARI

 All these varieties are resistance to both biotic (pests and insects) and abiotic (water, temperature, light) stresses.

Cellular sensor helps plants find light: Study

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.

Decline of wild bees threatens US crops' pollination

The decline in the population of wild bees threatens agriculture in the US, where 39 percent of crops dependent on such pollinators may not receive the insects this year, a study says.

Drought-hit India's quest for water hampered by thirsty crops

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.


'Deficient monsoon puts 4 states, 5 crops at highest risk'

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.

Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana

Cabinet on Wednesay approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, according to sources.

CCEA aaproves hike in paddy MSP by Rs 50 per quintal

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved a proposal to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 50 to Rs 1,410 per quintal for this year.

UP farmer hangs self over delay in relief for crop loss

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.

Foodgrain output to fall by 5% to 251 MT in 2014-15

The country had registered a record foodgrain production of 265.04 million tonnes in 2013-14 crop year (July-June). Wheat, rice, coarse cereals and pulses are part of foodgrain basket.

Haryana farmers not keeping luster loss crop for consumption

 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.

Wheat procurement falls to 21.73 mn tonne despite eased norms

The government has kept wheat procurement target of 30 MT for the current year, as against the actual procurement of 28 MT in the last year.

Nitin Gadkari advises farmers to stop relying on God or government

Advising farmers to stop relying on God or government, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said they need take charge of their own lives to improve the lot.

BBV: Is Govt's 'concern' enough for grieving farmers?

There has been an upward trend in cases of farmers suicide across the country after unseasonal rain damaged hectares of crops since mid-February this year.

Centre ready to relax quality norms for wheat procurement

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.

Hema Malini demands Rs 10 lakh for kin of deceased farmers

 BJP leader and local MP Hema Malini today demanded Rs 10 lakh compensation for kin of farmers who have lost their lives due to recent untimely rains and hailstorms in the state.

Punjab bans wheat harvesting at night, morning

 The Punjab government on Monday announced a ban on harvesting of the wheat (Rabi) crop with combine harvesters from evening to morning, a senior officer said here.

Govt reviewing norms to hike compensation for crop damage: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said government is reviewing the norms to raise the compensation limit to farmers in case of drought or heavy rains damaging the crops.

Breach in Nikki Tawi river poses danger to crops in Jammu

A breach in the Nikki Tawi River due to incessant rains in the state has posed danger to a large portion of crops in Suchetgarh area of Jammu, an official said here on Thursday.

Ministerial panel set up for raising farm compensation limit

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.