Rainfed Agriculture

  • In Jhansi, Bundelkhand farmers experience great uncertainties in agriculture due to erratic rainfall. Covering 13 districts of southwest Uttar Pradesh and Northern Madhya Pradesh with a population of approximately 21 million, Bundelkhand is a typical semi-arid region.  Around 83% of the area is...
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  • Nidhan is about 30 km away from its district headquarter Morena, Madhya Pradesh. The village receives an annual average rainfall of 450 mm concentrated in the months of July and August. While much of the village depends on rainfed agriculture, the main source of irrigation in the rabi (winter) seaso...
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  • Bhopal gas leak victims protest for clean waterContaminated groundwater due to hazardous waste from the abandoned Union Carbide plant impacts 50,000 people from 22 areas. Groundwater was declared chemically polluted way back in 1991.2010 was wettest for Tibet in last 3,500 yearsIncreased precip...
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  • A new law GangaPMO asks the Environment Ministry to frame the law that will give authorities the power to monitor and regulate the dischare of wastewater, industrial effluents and management of municipal solid waste through the imposition of penalties and damages.Eco-friendly development for&nb...
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  • MP interlinks Narmada with KshipraThe 432 crore project includes lifting water from the Narmada with pumps upto a height of 350 metres from a distance of 50 km and bringing it to the origin of Kshipra river. Project targetted to benefit 3,000 villages and 70 towns of the Malwa region in Madhya Prade...
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  • Mumbai slums to get potable water Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the scheme to supply water to around 10 lakh residents of unauthorised slums.Tamil Nadu village sets example in water conservationPoongudi village in Tiruchi district renovated its tank three years ago which ...
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  • It all started in the eighties when Friends Rural Centre, a group of Gandhian Quakers in Rasuliya village, near Hoshanagabad, Madhya Pradesh came in contact with Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka was a Japanese man who had authored the book 'The One-Straw Revolution' and who was promoting  natural farm...
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  • 285 people die due to drinking water contamination in KarnatakaData by the Central Health Ministry between 2010 and 2013 shows five major water-borne diseases were responsible. Maximum number of deaths, 113, in the year 2012Delhi Chief Minister to look into Rs 10,000 crore Delhi Jal Board scamP...
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  • Delhi metro stations to conserve rainwater By March 2015, 17 metro stations will have rainwater harvesting system, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The NGT had earlier ordered rainwater harvesting system at all metro stations.Meghayaya favours livelih...
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  • Despite being endowed with adequate rainfall, most parts of the Himalayas are considered water-stressed for both agricultural and domestic purposes. This is mainly due to the seasonality of precipitation, which is concentrated to the monsoon months. It remains dry for rest of the year. The water cri...
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  • Kumbh Mela left its trash behind The year began with the Maha Kumbh festivities near the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers in Allahabad. Pollution levels rose alarmingly at the Sangam in Allahabad where more than a 100 million people took the 'holy dip' during the 55 day long festi...
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  • Committee to investigate discrepancy in data on toiletsThe Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has set up a high-level committee to look into the huge data discrepancy between the reported number of toilets built and the actual situation on the ground. The gap was revealed in Census 2011. It s...
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  • Huge freshwater reserves underseaAustralian researchers discover 500,000 cubic km of low-salinity water trapped beneath the ocean floor of Australia, China, North America and South Africa.Govt continues to restore water bodies in the XII planA Rs. 6,235 crore scheme that envisages rep...
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  • Pastoralist communities are those that depend primarily on livestock (domesticated animals in an agricultural setting) for their living. India has the world’s highest livestock population with 440 million livestock heads distributed over 100 million households (1) but in recent years, pastoralists...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 6 years 9 months agoread more
  • India is one of the world's largest producers of white and brown varieties of paddy and contributes to around 20% of all the paddy production in the world. Rice (de-husked form of paddy) is the staple food in the eastern and southern parts of the country and is mainly grown in rain-fed areas that re...
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  • For more information on the Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA Network), please click here.For details on the vacancy, click here.
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  • For further information on the organisation 'Jal Bhagirathi Foundation', please click here.For details on the vacancies, click here & here.The Application Form may be downloaded from below.
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  • For details on the training programme on groundwater training, please click here.For further information on course, please see attachement below.
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  • Geo-spatial tools are being used by Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) in their research projects aimed at supporting government's top priority of developing rainfed agriculture under the XII Five Year Plan.
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  • This paper captures long-term trends in dew deposition in the district based on the data obtained from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and compare these findings with trends in the area of rainfed crops.
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Assam prepares river atlas to tackle floods, erosion, deforestation

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Government approves Rs 5,369 crore for Jal Vikas Marg Project

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Yet again, North India shrouded in heavy smog

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The theme for the Conclave this year is “Water Use Efficiency: An Imperative for India” to highlight the imperative of water use efficiency in the industry, agriculture and urban contexts

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Transforming barren lands to lush green landscape is one of the many works of WOTR that won them the Land for Life Award 2017 from the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification.

Marathwada in Maharashtra is an arid region with rainfall of less than 750 mm per year. Most villages in the region face acute water scarcity. Kachner in Aurangabad was no exception. 

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Is the soil health card scheme introduced to improve the economic condition of the farmers by bettering the health of the soil effective?

Decades of skating over environmental concerns have clearly cost us dear. The folly of pursuing better crop yields using chemical fertilisers in an indiscriminate manner has been surfacing lately. “Decades of agricultural abuse using fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have taken its toll on us. We have been shooting ourselves in the foot by doing it,” says Raman Tyagi, director of Neer Foundation, a Meerut-based nonprofit working on water and agriculture.

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A video tells the story of a poor farmer who, through effective water conservation methods, became rich and a role model to other villagers.

Vasant Baburao Parkale, a 52-year-old farmer, has become a role model for many farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada region. His determination and the will to excel in life have helped him to transform his dreams into reality.

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A study finds faulty agricultural policies and practices and not just indebtedness to blame for rising suicides among farmers.

Over the last few months, we saw protests by distressed farmers of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states over farming crisis and farmer suicides. In what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, many state governments announced farm loan waivers without thinking if it would actually help the farmers. 

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The government’s nutrient-based subsidy has done more harm to the soil than good. Only sustainable agriculture can save the nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil.

Bhanu is bracing herself for an income loss this year. The wheat she sowed after bajra in winter did not give her the productivity expected. Her soil health is declining, she says. To top it all, she is afraid there will be deficient rainfall this year in her village in Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat in Haryana. A semi-arid water scarce region with very low annual rainfall of about 300-550 mm, increasing the productivity of crops in her land looks bleak this year.

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