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  • Increase in agricultural productivity is not only dependent on material inputs, but also on farmer’s access to relevant information on crop production and farm management practices. This information is provided through agricultural extension services in India. While India has a long tradition of a...
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  • I have drilled a new borewell and it is 240 feet. Yesterday I have installed a pump at 200 feet, I have found water at 140 feet but the pump got jammed. Please let me know what is the problem? Is it due to less water or sand problem?
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  • Our borewell is about 900ft depth. During drilling there was no water but little bit of wet soil came out after drilling about 400 ft. We are so disappointed. Nearby sites are having good yield of water at around 200 to 300 fts itself. The driller hopes that it will yield about 0.75 inches water whi...
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  • Can STP water after aeration and filtration be used for groundwater recharging?
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  • Jal Shakti ministry formed by merging water ministry and drinking water ministry The government has launched the new Jal Shakti ministry by merging the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has b...
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  • India's water situation alarming As per the Central Water Commission (CWC), the water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country towards the end of May was 31.65 billion cubic meters, which is 20 percent of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The data by the India Meteorolo...
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  • There is a borewell which is almost 20yrs old, which has not been used till date, as there was little water source. I do not know, how deep it is, but my relatives tell me its more than 500 feet deep. I recently lowered a rope with brick to check for water, these are my findings: Water present at 10...
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  • I need to select a pump for my new borewell. It is 25 mtr in depth. I need to pump water for domestic purpose tank 10 mtr above ground. Which typ of pump will suit the purpose?
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  • Hi, Can you please inform me how can I download the district wise rainfall, potential evapotranspiration and temperature data from 2001-2018? It will be really helpful for me. Thanks and Regards Hardeep Singh
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  • RO water is causing vitamin D deficiency epidemic. What are the healthier alternatives?
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  • I am interested in rainwater recharging to ground, how do I find appropriate people and equipment for work?
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  • Skies in several parts of Kerala are overcast with pre-monsoon but monsoon is progressing sluggishly, as per meteorological predictions. “This year’s monsoon rains will arrive on India southern coast in Kerala on June 4 and deliver less rain than average year,” says Skymet, a private weather f...
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  • At most inter-state boundaries, Ganga's faecal coliform level exceeds limit As per the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the faecal coliform level in the Ganga river is found to be three to 12 times higher than the permissible level at most inter-state boundaries. At 12 t...
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  • Nearly 790,000 anti-drought works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned According to the data collated by the Ministry of Rural Development, a total of 790,000 anti-drought works, worth Rs 417 crore, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) are either incomplete...
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  • The recent data from the Central Water Commission (CWC), released on May 9, 2019 reveals a reassuring situation of water storage in the river basins of India. The overall water storage in the 91 reservoirs monitored is slightly more (105 percent) when compared to the average water storage over the l...
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  • Centre issues drought advisory to six states Taking note of water levels dipping in dams to a critical level, the Centre has issued a drought advisory to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The advisory recommends the states to use water for drinking purpose o...
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  • India witnesses 22 percent deficient pre-monsoon rainfall this year: IMD The India Meteorological Department (IMD) data has recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 which is 22 percent deficient from the normal rainfall. Moreover, out of the four meteorological divisions of the ...
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  • Changing climatic patterns are affecting the health of glaciers in the Himalayan region. A new study has warned that as many as 55 percent of glaciers in the Satluj basin may disappear by 2050 and 97 percent by 2090 under extreme climate change scenario. This could adversely hit the availability of ...
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  • FICCI is organising 7th Edition of FICCI Water Awards under the aegis of FICCI Water Mission. The Mission instituted the Awards on annual basis to recognize excellence in water conservation and sustainable water management practices. The last date for submission of nominations is June 21, 2019. Th...
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  • I will be shifting to a building soon, where the TDS of water ranges from 300 to 400. There is no municipal connection and the community has a water treatment plant. The water coming in the taps is softened to some extent. In such a scenario do I need a RO system or should I get a water filter? Most...
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But have the crucial schemes received more money than last year? We talk to some experts in the water sector to find out.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister alluded to gaon, garib and kisan as the centre of all policies of this government, while announcing a clutch of schemes aimed at the rural and urban poor. Her budget speech last week reiterated the government's commitment to ensuring piped water supply to all households in India.

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Government cuts budget for Jal Shakti Ministry by 9.4 percent; increases funds for rural drinking water mission 

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India not a water defict country. Neglect and lack of monitoring behind country's water scarcity: CWC

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What are the various methods to conserve rainwater ?

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Study shows how rainfall and temperature affect variety of plants in major bio-geographic zones of India

New Delhi, July 9 (India Science Wire): India has a total geographical area of nearly 329 million hectares. The climate varies from the north to the south and east to west. However, in spite of this diversity, little is known about how climate affects the diversity of plants that grow in a particular area.

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A study finds that selectively increasing coarse grains/millets in crop production can greatly help in reducing the negative impacts of climate shocks on future food production in India.

Crop production is highly influenced by the sensitivity of crops to variations in climate and can have major implications for food supply and rural livelihoods. The effects of climate change are increasing in India, where extreme rainfall events have become more frequent and spatially more variable. On the other hand, there has also been an increase in the severity and frequency of droughts.

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The major cause of insufficient forest cover in India seems to be ruthless cutting of trees in the name of urbanization and development.

Van Mahotsava is an annual tree planting festival which was initiated by Shri Kulapati Kanaiyalal Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food, Government of India, in 1950 to create awareness about the importance of trees and conservation of forests. Since then, this plantation drive has been bringing multitudes of people across the country towards the common goal of increasing green cover. The idea to organize such an annual event might have emerged after a national tree plantation drive in 1947 in which national leaders like Dr.

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Greater precision in forecast of extreme events is critical.

Mumbai, July 5 (India Science Wire): On July 2, the Maharashtra government decided to close private and public schools in Mumbai based on IMD’s rainfall forecast which predicted "intermittent rain in city and suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places for the next 24 hours." The 24-hour period from 8:30 am of July 1 to July 2 saw a total of 375 mm of rain and it was obviously ominous to expect that more heavy rain events would follow.

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We are seeking information that supports the logic that we need to eat more millet instead of rice and wheat, not only for it's health benefits but also millet requires a lot less water to cultivate. Also, have noticed that the agricultural practices are certainly not earth friendly, the massive sprinklers sucking out ground water is such a wasteful practice. So, the question is, do you have any data to support the above argument?

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What should be the distance between two agricultural borewells belonging to different farmers? 

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