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World Bank to give Pakistan $1 bn


March 21st, 2012 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 21 (IANS) The World Bank has approved two projects totaling $1.09 billion to boost Pakistan's electricity supply and irrigation sectors.The first project will cost $840 million and will ... Read more...

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Scientists developing salt-resistant rice


January 23rd, 2012 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 23 (IANS) Scientists are developing a salt-resistant rice variety after a huge tsunami last year hit paddy fields in Japan leaving behind a salty sludge. Farmlands that accumulate ... Read more...

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Deflecting solar rays could improve food supply


January 23rd, 2012 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) Deflecting solar rays from the earth could be one way of improving food output, as global warming aggravates the likelihood of crop failures in the heat-stressed ... Read more...

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For agri help, 20 million farmers to dial in


October 28th, 2011 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, Oct 28 (IANS) Thanks to the mobile phone revolution in India, 20 million farmers will be covered by 2017 through SMSs and the Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) to ... Read more...

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Raise grain output, invest in research, says PM


July 16th, 2011 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) India needs to increase its foodgrain production, improve crop yields by increasing spending on research and improving quality of education in agricultural universities if ... Read more...

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Two Indian firms win clean energy awards


June 17th, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) Two Indian companies specializing in alternative energy sources for rural electrification have won this year's prestigious Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy in London.The Husk Power ... Read more...

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Ants, termites have positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture


April 3rd, 2011 - 12:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 3 (ANI): A new research has revealed that ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture."Our studies on ants and termites in soil showed ... Read more...

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Bt cotton in India ‘good for the field, bad for the farm’


February 8th, 2011 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 8 (ANI): A new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist has suggested that crop yields from Bt cotton may have been overemphasized, as modest rises in crop ... Read more...

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Food in early life affects fertility: Study


December 21st, 2010 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 21 (ANI): A new research by the University of Sheffield has revealed that the reproductive success of men and women is influenced by the food they receive at an early ... Read more...

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Scientists modify rice to grow well on saline soil


September 13th, 2010 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 13 (IANS) Scientists have successfully used genetic modification (GM) to improve the salt tolerance of rice, often grown on salty soil. "Rice is the staple food for billions of people around ... Read more...

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Tinkered-gene rice fights salinity, increases yield


September 10th, 2010 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Sep 10 (IANS) A team of scientists in Australian claimed to have altered the genes of rice so as to improve its tolerance to toxic sodium ion and increase the crops' ... Read more...

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Digital Green catalyses a quiet revolution in Indian villages


September 9th, 2010 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS
By Shudip Talukdar New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) Farmers are improving crop yields, using new technologies besides learning video-making skills - thanks to Digital Green which is catalysing a quiet revolution in the ... Read more...

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Bee decline could slash food output, finds study


September 6th, 2010 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 6 (IANS) The double impact of decline in bee numbers and global warming is not only cutting down plant pollination but will also badly impact global food output. In fact, ... Read more...

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New approaches to crop development needed urgently


July 8th, 2010 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 8 (ANI): As the world population grows grain production must increase two fold by 2050 to address its escalating needs. But crop yields will suffer unless new approaches to adapt ... Read more...

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‘Psychedelic’ maize may boost crop and bio-fuel yields


June 8th, 2010 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): Scientists have identified new genes in maize, which promote carbohydrate export from leaves. These genes could increase crop yields and the amount of bio-fuel that can be derived ... Read more...

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Food security necessary to prevent peoples’ backlash: NAFED chief (Lead)


May 3rd, 2010 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Unless India's deprived are provided food security, it can evoke a serious backlash, as food riots have led to toppling of governments in some countries, warns the ... Read more...

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Nanotechnology can help India ensure food security: Scientist


April 1st, 2010 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Nanoscience and nanotechnology can help India ensure food security by incresing crop yields and reducing consumption, an expert in the field said Thursday. "Nanoscience and nanotechnology can be ... Read more...

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Karnataka backs organic farming to reduce fertiliser use


February 25th, 2010 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Feb 25 (IANS) The Karnataka government will encourage organic farming to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers in cultivation, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj said Thursday. "The state government has set up an organic ... Read more...

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Global warming both bane and boon for world’s poor


February 22nd, 2010 - 3:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 22 (ANI): A new study by researchers at Stanford University, US, has determined that global warming may have an adverse impact on food prices and hunger in poor populations of ... Read more...

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Scientists find key to creating drought resistant crops


December 4th, 2009 - 2:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 4 (ANI): Scientists have determined precisely how the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) works at the molecular level to help plants respond to environmental stresses such as drought and cold, ... Read more...

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Farmers in Maharashtra not to celebrate Diwali


October 16th, 2009 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI
By Sunil DhageVidarbha (Maharashtra), Oct 16 (ANI): Soybean and cotton farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region have planned to boycott Diwali, the festival of lights, this year after receiving poor crop yields. ... Read more...

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Studying maize evolution may help improve crop yields


October 3rd, 2009 - 3:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 3 (ANI): A new research on the evolution of maize may help improve crop yields in the future.As one of the most important crops worldwide and as a crop ... Read more...

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India drought ‘worst since 1972′, says met department


October 1st, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, October 1 (ANI): India's meteorological department has said that rainfall this year has been 23 percent below average at the end of the monsoon season, making it the worst drought ... Read more...

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Agricultural research key to food security for world’s poorest


August 5th, 2009 - 4:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 5 (ANI): A new research paper has determined that boosting agricultural research in the developing world is the key to ensuring food security for the world's poorest.The research paper has ... Read more...

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Love hormone being used to boost plant growth in India


July 27th, 2009 - 12:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 27 (ANI): A large number of Indian farmers are using the love hormone oxytocin, also known as "cuddle chemical", to boost the growth of pumpkins and cucumbers.However, the Indian Ministry ... Read more...

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Poor can’t eat promises, G8 must do more: NGO


July 6th, 2009 - 10:34 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) The heads of government who are meeting this week for the G8 Summit in Italy need to find $23 billion a year to halve hunger by 2015, ... Read more...

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Are GM crops the answer to Africa’s food crisis?


May 25th, 2009 - 11:35 am ICT by IANS
By Groum Abate Addis Ababa, May 25 (IANS) With Africa's population steadily growing, the debate over genetically modified (GM) crops in the continent has gained special resonance.A three-day conference in Uganda last week ... Read more...

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Venezuela uses Vietnamese method to boost rice harvest


May 14th, 2009 - 7:03 am ICT by IANS
Caracas, May 14 (EFE) Venezuela has began a project to grow rice using Vietnamese technology, a method that replaces chemical fertilisers with fish in water channels between the rice plots. Officials hope the ... Read more...

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Apiculture popularising in Kashmir


May 5th, 2009 - 10:50 pm ICT by ANI
By Parvez BhattHiranagar Border (Kathua), May 5 (ANI): Farmers in Hiranagar, which fal in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District, have taken to apiculture in a big way. Hiranagar, which is near the ... Read more...

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Punjab celebrates harvest festival Baisakhi


April 13th, 2009 - 8:45 pm ICT by ANI
Amritsar, Apr 13 (ANI): The Sikh community on Monday celebrated the annual spring harvest festival of Baisakhi.Farmers, dressed in colourful attires, danced to 'Bhangra' beats in middle of the fields.Throughout the year, ... Read more...

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Blooming mustard fields in Kashmir


March 31st, 2009 - 8:59 pm ICT by ANI
By Parvez ButtSrinagar, Mar 31 (ANI): Hordes of tourists visiting Kashmir valley are fascinated bythe mustard fields as the mustard crop has turned the whole picturesque Kashmir valley into golden.According to mustard ... Read more...

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Serotonin turns peaceful locusts into rampaging swarms


January 30th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) What transforms a harmless, solitary and peace loving insect like the desert locust into a rampaging, voracious swarm that blacks out the sky and strips bare vast swathes ... Read more...

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Bonos open letter advice to President Obama


January 21st, 2009 - 7:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 21 (ANI): U2 singer Bono has offered his piece of advice on making the world a better place in an open letter to President Barack Obama.Along with placing his ... Read more...

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EU pesticides ban ”a threat to Scottish whisky”, claims MEP


January 14th, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan. 14 (ANI): Scottish whisky may have to be distilled from French barley in the future as a result of EU laws banning at least 22 pesticides from fields across ... Read more...

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Global warming may leave half of world’’s population without food by 2100


January 9th, 2009 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 9 (ANI): Global warming is likely to give rise to severe food shortage by the end of this century, according to researchers, who claim that the rapidly warming climate ... Read more...

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