Deficit soil moisture conditions are likely during the winter sowing season in Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh, says a countrywide forecast prepared by IIT Gandhinagar and the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The forecast, for the first time, has prepared a country-wide soil moisture forecast. It predicts...
Following the people's march led by Ekta Parishad in New Delhi, the central government has promised that it will reconstitute the National Taskforce on Land Reforms, the movement’s founding president P.V. Rajagopal has said. Talking to reporters after the march of 25,000 landless and tribal people from Gwalior to Delhi was...
Ongoing conflict and extreme weather conditions have drastically brought down cereal production in Syria. Wheat production this year fell to a 29-year low of 1.2 million tons, which was about two thirds the level before a year ago, as a result of an extended period of dry weather early in...
Farmers in Ethiopia evaluate traits of wheat varieties. Flickr/J.van de Gevel Frédéric Baudron, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Large fields, predictable rainfall and favourable temperatures have meant that farmers in Arsi Negele, a town in southeastern Ethiopia, have benefited from good crop yields. Their production of wheat and maize, two...
 by Cholpon Uzakbaeva, Mongabay In the arid Kyrgyz border region of Batken, farmers grow agroforestry gardens of pomegranate, peach, apple, apricot, and cherry trees which provide shade and moisture to intercropped vegetables and low fruit crops like strawberry and raspberry. Because irrigation water is limited, agroforestry allows farmers to...
By Laila Amzir Zubaida Shroff has devoted years of her life to protecting the Argan tree, which is endemic to parts of Morocco, and to improving antiquated techniques to extract its now-prized oil. A chemist at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco, Shroff researched how to make extraction more...
Alphonso mango, one of the most famous fruit varieties in India, and grown in Konkan, has been granted a Geographical Indication (GI), the Commerce and Industry ministry of India has announced. Grown in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts of  Maharashtra, the seasonal fruit is known for its sweet...
By Inga Vesper The 50 x 2030 initiative, launched this week at the UN General Assembly in New York City, aims to pool together farming data from around the world in order to help governments make better decisions towards ending hunger. It will select 50 countries — 10 each in...
Jose Perez-Casal, University of Saskatchewan For 10,000 years, the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides has infected goats, cows and other livestock, annihilating entire herds in days. In sub-Saharan Africa, the disease, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia CBPP or “lung plague,” is still difficult to control. It causes more than US$60 million in annual losses to...
By Divya Karthikeyan, Mongabay The proposed Chennai-Salem expressway in Tamil Nadu is expected to bring in industrial and economic growth but villagers to be displaced fear losing their farmlands and having to migrate to cities as construction labour. The greenfield expressway is expected to reduce the time of travel...

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