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National action plan on climate change (NAPCC) and supporting mission documents (2008-11)
The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) is a policy document prepared by the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. It has been prepared keeping in mind that India's economic need to tap its natural resources needs to be tempered with the need to maintain ecological balance.
samir nazareth  posted 6 years 12 months ago
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Guidelines for extending green revolution to eastern India - Document prepared by Department for Agriculture and Cooperation (2011)
The states of Assam, Bihar, eastern U.P, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bengal, Orissa were allocated extra funds in the last
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 6 months ago
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Guidelines for rainfed area development programme - Document prepared by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (2011)
 Rainfed areas account for nearly 57 per cent of the agricultural land in India. These areas assume special significance in terms of ecology, agricultural productivity and livelihoods for millions. With proper management, rainfed areas have the potential of contributing a larger share to food grain production.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 6 months ago
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Guidelines for integrated development of 60,000 pulses villages in rainfed areas - Document prepared by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (2011)
The budget allocates Rs 300 crores under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for this scheme. This project will supplement the ongoing work on pulses development under the National Food Security Mission. There is also an emphasis on building institutions that would provide market linkage to the grower of pulses. The states of M.P, U.P, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Tamilnadu were chosen for this programme. These states together constitute nearly 96% of area where pulses are grown.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 6 months ago
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Ganga water quality trend - A report by Central Pollution Control Board (2009)
The data has been collected over a period of many years from 39 water quality monitoring stations along the main river and 102 stations on its tributaries which were setup in 2008/09. The study focuses on the parameters for dissolved oxygen, (DO), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and faecal coliforms (FC) as these indicate the biological health of the river. The period of study for the river Ganga is 1999-2008. The study finds that most of the water quality parameters studied do not meet the standards.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 7 months ago
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A decade of the Total Sanitation Campaign - Rapid assessment of processes and outcomes - A report by the Water and Sanitation Program (2011)
The Water and Sanitation Program has analysed secondary data on the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) available on government websites and conducted primary analysis in 22 sample districts spread across 21 states.  With the use of secondary and primary data the report has not only been able to give a macro view of the TSC but also has been able to go into the nitty-gritty of the campaign. There are case studies of districts and villages that have achieved open defecation free status.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 7 months ago
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Addressing the water crisis in Gujarat, India - A report by Columbia Water Center
 A large number of farmers and well operators were interviewed in the process. Data was also collected from the power utility that supplies power to this region. Along with this the climatic peculiarities of the region, farmers and well users perceptions on ground water management and use were also collected.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 7 months ago
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The Gharial - Our river guardian - A factsheet prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forests
 It was found in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Bhutan, but is now extinct in these countries. Today, it is seen in a few places in Nepal. In India the major population of Gharials is found in the Girwa and Chambal rivers. It faces many threats to its survival which include fishing, linking of rivers, large irrigation canals etc.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 7 months ago
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India's forests and REDD+ - A factsheet prepared by Ministry of Environment and Forests
The benefits of working with REDD and the need and benefits of getting more ambitious by accepting REDD+, which is about finding financial value for carbon stored in standing forests which therefore incentivises the positive elements of conservation is also elaborated here.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 7 months ago
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Groundwater and artificial recharge investigations around proposed site of the Devi Ratn Hotel, Ballupura, Jaipur, Rajasthan - A report by Green Systems
The proposal is an in-depth study of the geo-morphological setup of the area; there are also findings on geology and hydrology and the area's climate and rainfall and groundwater resources.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Hydrogeological investigations in and around JSPL plant area in Angul district, Orissa - A report by Green Systems
 The area's geological, hydrological and climatic facets are studied to arrive at a series of recommendations, which not only include the type of recharge structures and their design but also their location.The report is divided into 9 chapters which are
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Proposal for groundwater recharge in National Capital Region - A report by SK Sharma and Green Systems
It also explains the various laws that have been put in place to increase groundwater replenishment.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Groundwater and artificial recharge investigations, at the site of the Devi Rasa Boutique Hotel in Amer, Rajasthan - A report by Green Systems
The consultants,  Green Systems, have conducted an indepth study of various parameters which include hydro-geology and climatic conditions to come up with a set of proposals for the hotel. To come up with their suggestions the consultants also make use of technologies like remote sensing, GIS and Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES).
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Appraisal of groundwater condition in and around Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Raigarh, Chattisgarh - A report by Green Systems
This study by Green Systems, details the groundwater condition at the Jindal  Steel  and Power Limited (JSPL) in Raigarh, Chattisgarh. A major component of the study is to determine the impact of the various water storage and harvesting structures on the groundwater regime of the area. By using a variety of scientific methods which include remote sensing and satellite maps, it is concluded that these structures have improved the groundwater regime in the area.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Interventions that make agriculture sustainably high-yielding, eco-friendly and empower small-holder farmers - A research paper (2009)
 Stating that modern agriculture increases production cost, the author observes that productivity of the same crop was higher in pre-British times than what it is now with modern agriculture techniques. As these old agricultural techniques have not been scientifically researched there is a lot of scepticism which also results in them not being promoted. The paper lists out agricultural techniques, which result in sustainable high yields and are accepted by the scientific community.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Comparing conventional and organic farming crop production systems - Inputs, minimal treatments and data needs - A research paper
The following article is based on a field experiment in International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), where low cost farming systems that involve use of biological inputs obtained from the field is compared with conventional farming. Further, the authors offer suggestions for future demonstration and verification experiments, to study the virtues of organic  farming.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Comparing soil properties of farmers’ fields growing rice through SRI and conventional methods - A research paper
This paper was presented at the first National Symposium on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) – Present Status and Future Prospects held in 2006.  The parameters include thirteen soil properties which included six related to cultureable microorganisms, three root-related parameters and yield.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Lessons from non-chemical input treatments based on scientific and traditional knowledge in a long-term farming experiment - A research paper
  Two of the four systems are low-cost farming methods which are based on traditional and scientific knowledge on using crop residues, farm-waste, compost, Gliricidia lopping, bacterial inoculants, and herbal extracts as nutrients to nourish the soil, and as biopesticides to manage pests. The third system is conventional agriculture which is the "control" and receives chemical input as suggested by research institutions depending on crop type. The fourth is a combination of the  first three.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Evaluation of crop production systems based on locally available biological inputs - A research paper (2006)
Here the yields of crops grown by low-cost inputs including plant biomass are compared with chemical fertiliser-induced production. The study was conducted over 1999-2004, and the findings conclude that the yields of low intensive biological farming are as good, if not better than chemical fertiliser intensive farming.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago
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Organic farming and food security - A model for India - A paper by Society for Organic Agriculture Movement
This paper discusses the need to shift from chemical intensive agriculture to organic farming. The authors in their vision for a chemical-free agriculture also stress that organic agriculture is a way to achieve food security. The authors begin with the current crisis in Indian agriculture. Stating that though the Green Revolution made India self-sufficient in food production in the shortest time it also resulted in a host of problems. The indiscriminate use of fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides has created problems of decline in the soil fertility, pollution of water resources, and chemical contamination of food grains, amongst the many similar issues now linked to the Green Revolution.
samir nazareth  posted 7 years 8 months ago

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