Rice that withstands drought
Scientists develop a new variety of rice that needs very little water and can withstand drought. arathi posted 4 years 7 months ago

A group of Indian, Chinese, and Canadian scientists has developed transgenic rice that gives high yield even under severe water deficit. The new rice variety has been developed by transferring a gene from a common plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, into a variety of Indian rice called samba mahsuri.

A case of vanishing greens
The changing landscape from rapid development makes agriculture difficult for farmers in peri-urban Hyderabad. arathi posted 4 years 8 months ago

Kokapet, one of the study villages for the project ‘Ensuring Water Security in Metropolitan Hyderabad’, was the first village that we visited for field work. Even though we refer to them as ‘villages’, there was very little that we found village-like here.

A farmer at work. (Source: SaciWATERs)
Looting water for fun
Hyderabad sources water for most of its amusements and recreation from villages nearby, depleting groundwater and creating water shortage for the villagers. arathi posted 4 years 8 months ago

An impromptu weekend plan landed me in Wonderla Amusement Park in Hyderabad. My fear of heights made me go only on those rides that seemed slower and lower. These happened to be the water rides, as they were my safest bet.

Crop cultivation or construction - tough choice in Andhra Pradesh
Excessive sand quarrying to meet the demands of the construction industry is destroying local irrigation systems in Anantapur. Which will prevail - agriculture or construction? Amita Bhaduri posted 8 years 6 months ago

The construction industry went through a boom in the 1990s due to more people demanding and affording houses. This put a lot of pressure on the Pennar area in Andhra Pradesh. Sandmining, which is the process of taking sand, became rampant at that time.

Gonchi irrigation system in Anantapur
Microfinance institutions get away with farmer suicide abetment charges: Police close a third of the cases in Andhra Pradesh
In 2010, Andhra Pradesh witnessed a series of suicides. These were not cases of farmers' suicides—a regular occurrence in the state which continues to be in the grip of an agrarian crisis. The victims in these cases happened to be the poorest of the poor; most of them illiterate dalits and adivasis. The first information reports (FIRs) of the police reveal that most of the suicides were due to coercive loan recovery tactics adopted by the mighty microfinance institutions (MFIs), that had given these people a few thousands of rupees as loans. Ironically, 2010 happened to be a year in which the micro finance industry registered a spectacular growth. This article by M Suchitra in Down to Earth deals with the issue. chandrasekharnemani posted 9 years 8 months ago

Article Courtesy : Down to Earth

Author : M Suchitra

Farmers on crop holiday in Andhra Pradesh: They shun growing paddy this kharif season
Andhra farmers shun growing paddy this kharif in absence of buyers, storage space. chandrasekharnemani posted 10 years 6 months ago


Andhra Pradesh produced 14 million tonnes of rice this year. In absence of storage space many schools function as godowns (Photo: M Suchitra)Andhra Pradesh produced 14 million tonnes of rice this year. In absence of storage space many schools function as godowns
Photo: M Suchitra

World Bank Report and AP High Court Writ Petition on Flourosis situation in Nalgonda District
The World Bank (WB) report on the website, highlights the seriousness of the high fluoride content of the water in Nalgonda district, its impact on the health of the population and the attempts that are being made to deal with the situation. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 11 years 6 months ago

The fluorosis section of this website dedicated to Nalgonda district, highlights the acute problem of very high levels of fluoride in the ground water resources of the district and its impact on the health of people - a high prevalence of severe and crippling bone and skeletal deformities. The site has information on the status of the affected people, flouride levels and various articles, petitions and pictures.

India - Physical Map from the Survey of India (2002)
A definitive physical features map of the country from the Survey of India, showing elevation in metres of different regions and major rivers and land formations. reena posted 12 years 4 months ago

Download the map from the attachment listed below: