EC clearance to Ultratech contrary to dictum: Limestone underground helps land remain fertile

Gujarat Khedut Ekta Manch president Sagar Rabari’s letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, seekingcancelation of the Environment Clearance certificate granted to M/s Ultratech Cement Ltd for Talli and Bambhor village in Bhavnagar District, Gujarat:  Reference your communication dated 5th January, 2017 to M/s. Ultratech Cement Ltd, as … Continue reading EC clearance to Ultratech contrary to dictum: Limestone underground helps land remain fertile

How farmers have become direct beneficiaries of sustainable zero tillage intervention in Bihar

By Amba Mukherjee* India has always been known as a country of farmers, and it is true as presently more than half the population depends directly or indirectly on agriculture i.e. agriculture contributed 23% of GDP and employed 59% of the country's total workforce in 2016. There is undoubtedly a wide gap between population dependency … Continue reading How farmers have become direct beneficiaries of sustainable zero tillage intervention in Bihar

India’s agrarian mess: Wasteful flood irrigation, free electricity to farmers, skewed market incentives

By Joydeep Gupta* The 2019 South Asian summer monsoon is late, slow and inadequate so far. If it makes up somewhat for lost time, those 55% of Indian farmers who do not get irrigation water will still suffer, but there is a chance that reservoirs may fill to the point where people can draw water … Continue reading India’s agrarian mess: Wasteful flood irrigation, free electricity to farmers, skewed market incentives

Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

By Kanchan Srivastava Sale and storage of grass-pea is banned by the government of India since 1961 following reports that it contained a neurotoxin causing paralysis of lower limbs. It is still being cultivated in flood-prone, semi-arid and underdeveloped regions as it grows in drought as well as water-logged condition, consumed among poor as it … Continue reading Toxic debate rages on over cultivation ban on ‘poor man’s pulse’: Political will needed to take a stand

Can’t have an agricultural sector that employs 60% of workforce but grows at 2% per annum

By Mohan Guruswamy* By 2050, India’s population is likely to reach 1.7 billion, which will then be nearly equal to China and the US combined. A fundamental question then is can India feed 1.7 billion people properly? If the food availability is stretched now, what is likely to be the situation in 2050 when India … Continue reading Can’t have an agricultural sector that employs 60% of workforce but grows at 2% per annum

Punjab: Larger the farm-size, more is the per capita consumption expenditure on non-durable items

By Gian Singh*, Anupama*, Rupinder Kaur**, Gurinder Kaur*** and Sukhveer Kaur***** Agriculture plays an important role in economic development, such as provision of food to the nation, enlarging exports, transfer of manpower to non-agricultural sectors, contribution to capital formation and securing markets for industrialisation (Walia and Garg, 2015). Agriculture remains as the perennial source of … Continue reading Punjab: Larger the farm-size, more is the per capita consumption expenditure on non-durable items

Gujarat irrigation potential growth through groundwater is impacting farm sustainability

By Persis Ginwalla, Sagar Rabari*  Assured water supply is one of the main components of stable agriculture and an important factor that has supposedly contributed to the ‘phenomenal’ growth rate of agriculture in Gujarat. One of the reasons offered for this is the significant rise in the irrigation coverage in the state and the resultant … Continue reading Gujarat irrigation potential growth through groundwater is impacting farm sustainability