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Meena Menon MUMBAI: Farmers' agitation against shortage of fertilizers in Maharashtra resulted in traffic blockade on the Nagpur-Hyderabad highway on Saturday morning. The angry farmers, led by the Shiv Sena's Ramtek MP Prakash Jadhav, agitated for over an hour and burnt tyres. The State is admittedly facing a 60 per cent shortage of fertilizers and farmers in Vidharbha and Marathwada have been protesting for a while.

In a bid to encourage the fertiliser industry to increase its production volumes, the government today extended the system of actual freight reimbursement to all types of fertilisers. Currently, only urea enjoys this concession. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), which met here today, also approved a uniform nutrient subsidy policy to encourage farmers to use nutrient-based organic instead of regular nutrient like urea and DAP. nutrient-based organic instead of regular nutrient like urea and DAP. OTHER DECISIONS Nod to a scheme for training of the Indian team for

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday announced a new nutrient-based pricing policy for all subsidised fertilizers that would lead to lowering of prices of some varieties. It also approved a uniform freight subsidy for all fertilizers to ensure its adequate availability across the nation at a uniform price. It will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2008.

WASHINGTON/WINNIPEG: It powered the Green Revolution and helped save millions from starvation, but now one of the most important tools on the farm is being priced out of reach for many of the world's growers. With food prices soaring and stocks thinning, the world is in need of bumper harvests but once one of most bountiful of commodities, fertilizer, is becoming scarce and expensive. It's estimated that one third of the protein consumed by humans is a result of fertilizer. So high prices and spot shortages are yet another stress on the world's ailing food system.

Karnataka Bureau Yeddyurappa says genuine farmers were not involved in the protests HAVERI/BANGALORE: One person was killed and 13 were injured in police firing and lathi-charge that followed protests by farmers in Haveri district on Tuesday.

Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in plants is a complex phenomenon that depends on a number of internal and external factors, which include soil nitrogen availability, its uptake and assimilation, photosynthetic carbon and reductant supply, carbon

The flows of reactive N in terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric ecosystems in India are being increasingly regulated by inputs, use efficiency and leakages of reactive N from agriculture. In the last three decades, use of reactive N in the form of chemical fertilizers has kept pace with the production of foodgrains, although the consumption is concentrated in certain areas with intensive farming.

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Reactive nitrogen (Nr) includes the inorganic (NH3, NH4, NOx, HNO3, N2O, NO3) and organic forms (urea, amines, proteins, nucleic acids) that readily participate in various reactions of the global N cycle. Over the last half a century, anthropogenic perturbations of the natural N cycle have led to the increasing accumulation of inorganic Nr in the soil, water and air, intentionally through agriculture and unintentionally through fosill-fuel consumption and other activities, adversely affecting human health, biodiversity, environment and climate change.

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To give a boost to the mechanisation of agriculture and to overcome the shortage of farm labourers, the state government proposed to give transplanters and harvesters at 50 per cent subsidy to either farmers or women's groups for the ensuing kharif for agricultural operations.

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