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  • World Culture Festival damaged Yamuna floodplains, concludes NGT The committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal has found that Art of Living's World Culture Festival, held in March 2016, damaged the ecology of the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi. This means that the latter will have to pay a fi...
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  • India has largest number of stunted children in the world: Study According to the recent report by WaterAid, India has the largest number of stunted children in the world, thanks to poor sanitation and poor quality of water. The study further states that, with 48 million stunted children under...
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  • Summer temperatures soar to a gruelling 50ocelsius in Rapar, a little known block in Gujarat’s Kutch district. Land here is dry, saline and arid; the monsoon is erratic. Many a times, the entire year’s rain falls in a short span of two or three days, doing more harm than good. Dubbed a dark zone...
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  • Summers get hotter, rains decline and crops fail. The conflict between people increase and migration in search of better lands and skies begin. Sounds familiar? We are not talking about Marathwada here. This is how the lives of our ancestors played out thousands of years ago. The Harappan or the Ind...
    Manu Moudgilposted 3 years 6 months agoread more
  • Vikram Patel, a 71-year-old farmer in Chidavad village of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh is one of the first farmers to have embraced the idea of farm ponds to increase the groundwater level in his farm. “For the last two decades, the Chidavad village in the Tonk Khurd block, was one among the ...
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  • A number of Asian countries are going through environmental crisis. Nowhere is the impact felt so seriously than in India, where the crisis threatens to affect survival. It is also impacting biodiversity, ecology and livelihoods. In this context, it becomes important to understand how nature and the...
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  • The farmers of Jharkhand have long been depending on lac farming for their livelihood. Lac, a resin extensively used in preparation of a range of products - from cosmetics to ammunition - is cultivated on a variety of trees, mostly fruit-bearing and shady trees like Ber, Kusum, Palash and Sal. Jhark...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 8 months agoread more
  • Although agriculture is the largest source of livelihood for people in India, its share in the gross domestic product (GDP) has been declining over time with deficit rainfall over the last two years having affected crop production and farmer's incomes. This article 'Water management and resilience ...
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  • Good southwest monsoon expected this year as El Nino declines Owing to the declining El Nino condition, the Government is expecting a good monsoon this year after two long years of deficient rainfall. The states have been directed to come up with plans to boost crop acreage and and produc...
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  • India Water Week 2016 with the theme 'Water for All: Striving together' inaugurated in New Delhi  The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation inaugurated the 4th India Water Week 2016 on April 4, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The theme this year is 'Wat...
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  • Reservoir levels dip, Maharashtra urges people to celebrate dry holi Per the Central Water Commission weekly data, the storage availability at 91 major reservoirs in the country is at a mere 29% of their total storage capacity which is far below the average level of the last 10 years. Maharashtra, ...
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  • Chinna, 35, harvests fish and is engaged on a piece rate basis by the local contractor who has rights to fishing in the village tank in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. At times, Chinna also uses family labour to complete his work. A Bestha by caste, he is witnessing rapid changes in his livelihood in pla...
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  • Agriculture, rural development and social sector is the focus of Budget 2016 In the Union Budget 2016, the Government has allocated Rs 35,984 crore for agriculture and farmer welfare, and plans to double the income of farmers by 2022. In addition, to increase the agricultural production and product...
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  • It was 1961. Simon Oraon, a Class IV school drop-out began his journey against drought in Bedo, a tribal block of Ranchi, Jharkhand. An idealistic young man, he along with his fellow villagers began constructing earthen dams to capture rainwater for recharging groundwater. This along with his broade...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 10 months agoread more
  • Government proposes to set up a National Water Commission With an aim to bring in greater efficiency, better planning and increased emphasis on water conservation, the Government is planning to restructure the organisations managing water resources in the country. The Centre is making pla...
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  • With the budget 2016-17 round the corner what are the asks from the standpoint of food security? This year’s budget is being prepared in the wake of many parts of the country being affected by drought resulting in greater distress, hunger and starvation for a large number of people. It has been ov...
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  • Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) as well as the Agriculture Census highlighted the plight of Indian farmers. Around 85 percent are small and marginal farmers with an average monthly income of only Rs. 4653, which is lesser than their monthly expenses. Debt rates are ve...
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  • Bamboo trees bloomed with long wispy spikes weighing heavy on the stalks. While it might've made for a pretty picture, Loknath Nauri knew it would be a tough year. “More the density of the flowers, the more severe the drought we face,” he says. This was in March 2015 in the forests of southern O...
    Manu Moudgilposted 4 years 1 week agoread more
  • Paraswani village in Balodabazar district, Chhattisgarh contains vast reserves of limestone, a sedimentary rock that is a primary ingredient in the cement manufacturing process. Since 1992, Ultratech Cement Ltd. (UTCL) followed by four other similar companies, have begun excavating this rock within ...
    makarandpurohitposted 4 years 1 month agoread more
  • A thick smog and haze eclipse the sun all through the day when jhum areas are burnt. Jhum, known as shifting cultivation a practice practice involving the slash-and-burn of felled trees in a forest patch followed by farming, is home to India's northeast. These lands usually lie on the...
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Indian Sunderbans gets recognition under Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 

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Thousands of farmers in Bardhaman district, known as the rice bowl of West Bengal, are suffering huge losses due to the shortage of water.

Nikhil Bagdi has attempted suicide twice in the past one month. Fortunately, his neighbours came to his rescue whenever he tried to end his life by hanging from the ceiling of his room. Nikhil lives in Serorai village of Bardhaman district in West Bengal, a little over 120 kilometres from Kolkata. 

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There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better.

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a country where

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Once abundant with water, Sikri village is fighting a losing battle to meet its water needs.

Sikri is a small village that lies 65 km north-west of Bharatpur on the Alwar road. The village used to depend on a traditional irrigation system that assured water throughout the year. A local saying related to the water availability at Sikri goes thus: Lakh daal le chittri, jay rahoongi Sikri (You may put lakhs of fetters to stop it, but the waters will still reach Sikri). This saying has lost its sheen today as the village is now finding itself in the centre of a struggle for water among farmers.

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Here is a look at the challenges faced by small farmers in India and how they can be dealt with.

As per the agricultural statistics of 2014, nearly 430 people depend on farming in India while 263 million people are either farmers or agricultural workers. Farmers are major contributors to the growth of Indian economy and their concerns impact policies in the country. 

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The Himalayan wetlands are under threat due to unregulated urbanisation and unsustainable tourism. Urgent attention at the policy level is the need of the hour.

Wetlands are very important and productive ecosystems that support a wide range of plants and animals and provide livelihood opportunities to local communities in India. However, they are increasingly being threatened by rapid urbanisation, pollution, developmental interventions, unsustainable management practices and encroachment.

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Scientists develop transgenic rice that can grow under high salinity and drought.

A group of researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and University of Illinois have developed transgenic rice that promises to generate high yields even under conditions of high salinity, high temperature and drought.

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Farmer Renupada has taken it up as a mission to make more farms organic by training fellow farmers on the sustainable practice.

At the age of 70, Renupada Bagdi of Doniapur village in Birbhum district of West Bengal is on a mission to convince his fellow farmers to take up organic farming just like he did a few years ago. He knows from his experience that chemical fertilisers do not yield crops as big companies make it out to be. While they ruin the soil and the produce, organic farming results in healthy and nutritious food and also saves the environment. 

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Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India

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A new study finds that manmade activities such as deforestation and mining are to blame for the rise in desertification in the south of India.

India is highly vulnerable to desertification. Desertification not only leads to loss of biodiversity but can also negatively affect food production leading to poverty, hunger, economic instability, competition for scarce land and water resources and migration.

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