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Fields on fire: Farmers left empty-handed in different parts of UP

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Efficient use of sunlight can better crop yields

Efficient use of sunlight can better crop yields

They say the findings observed in tobacco plants could potentially be used to increase the yield of food crops like wheat and rice.

BSF helps distraught farmers to grow crops amid tension on border

Even as the situation in the border areas remain highly tensed, the Border Security Force on Monday allowed the farmers in the border areas to cross the fencing to harvest their crop.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Genetically modified crops succumb to bug infection

As the debate over the safety of genetically modified food continues to rage, biologists have found that GM squash plants - resistant to three major viral diseases - became more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection.