Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) Technology- A hidden gem

Estimated at 110.15 million tonnes, India set a new record in the production of rice in 2016-17 and this is higher than 2015-16 estimates which stood at 104.41 million tonnes. Further, agricultural exports increased from INR 2,27,193 crores in 2012-13 to INR 2,27,554...

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Ensuring sustainable future of food

Agriculture in the 21st century is facing significant challenges, most importantly the pressure to feed the growing population. Set to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050, the food demand is estimated to increase by 50%. This burden will be passed on to the developing...

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Learning from our neighbour Bangladesh

It was in October 2013 that Bangladesh took the historic decision of approving the official release of four genetically modified varieties of insect resistant Bt Brinjal for seed production followed by the first commercial plantation in 2014. What started as a...

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GM Crops and Food Security

A 2017 report by PG Economics, a UK consultancy firm, stated that farmers who grew Genetically Modified (GM) Crops on an average, enjoyed economic benefits of $100/hectare (approx Rs 6800/hectare). The report titled, GM Crops: Global Socio-Economic and Environmental...

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