National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) is a network project of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, which was launched in February, 2011. The project aims to enhance resilience of Indian agriculture to climate change and climate vulnerability through strategic research and technology demonstration.

Accurate and realistic estimates of carbon stock on trees are essentially required for determining their role in mitigating global warming and climate change in present scenario of enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) coupled with the rise in temperature. In this background, a study was conducted at National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi to assess carbon sequestration potential and its allocation in different tree-components of eight important agroforestry tree species of Bundelkhand region in Central India.

In India, zinc (Zn) deficiency was first reported in rice by Nene; it is now wide- spread all over the country. The latest report indicates that 49% of Indian soils are deficient in Zn. But good responses of several field and fruit crops to Zn fertilization have been reported from different parts of the country.

Purpose of this policy paper is to invoke general awareness about the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in agriculture and its impact on human health and terrestrial environment. Growth promoting properties of antibiotics in farm animals were first discovered in the late 1940’s in chickens and pigs.

Based on the traditional wisdom of the tree based farming systems followed since ages across the world, scientific community intervened to harness full benefits of agroforestry land use system and address global issues of land degradation and agricultural sustainability.

Exemplary agricultural research supported by good government policies has ensured food security in India. It is the right time to focus on micronutrient malnutrition in the country. Recently, Zn deficiency in diet especially of young children below 5 years of age has received global attention.

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The effects of Acacia tortilis, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Dalbergia sissoo and Tecomella undulata based windbreaks, varying in their morphological characters, were assessed on wind regimes of downwind/leeward side on farmers' field in Jaisalmer district of arid Western Rajasthan.

Crop residue burning results in the emission of many a toxic pollutants. These emissions can travel long distances affecting thereby the entire region. Due to these emissions the air quality of the region worsens, which results in nose and throat itching and burning, and irritation of the airway tract.