The New Zealand Government yesterday expressed a desire to set up joint ventures with Punjab in various sectors, including industry, agriculture and milk processing.

“Any need, any time” commission agents claim the Government cannot do without them, Food Corporation of India or not

Even before anyone from the visiting Press team could open the floor for conversation, a battery of arhtiyas (commission agents) at the main mandi here started off: “ Hamara challenge hai . Sarkar direct procurement karke dekh lein . Ho hi nahi sakta . [We challenge the Government to try and make direct procurement. It is not possible].”They were referring to the changes the Government expects once multinationals like WalMart, Carrefour and others enter the Indian retail market and go for direct sourcing from the farms.

This report – Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems - is a unique collaboration of 12 leading scientists and experts involved in world food systems. The report addresses an important aspect of the food security discourse: the ecological foundation of food security.

Kerala should take serious steps to switch over to organic farming, Lynette Abbott, internationally-renowned soil biologist and professor with the School of Earth and Environment of the University of Western Australia, has said.

She is here to meet faculty and students of the Kerala Agricultural University and the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, and deliver a series of 12 lectures to KAU’s Academy of Climate Change Research and Education.

Acknowledging that agricultural production in the State in recent years had gone down drastically with many a farmer withdrawing from the traditional sector, a meeting of the subcommittee to formul

Officials said the aim was to ensure availability of farm produce across the country at affordable prices

The Union ministry of agriculture has planned to ask for a Rs 5,000-crore budget during the 12th five-year Plan (2012-17) for a scheme to allow private companies to collaborate with farmers to produce, harvest, process, transport and market various agro products. Officials said the aim was to ensure availability of farm produce across the country at affordable prices.

SRINAGAR: The State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) headed by Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, approved the Action Plan 2012-13 for Rs 112.08 crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) in a meeting held here Thursday.

Under the Plan Rs 12 crore has been earmarked for implementation of vegetable initiative for urban clusters of the state, Rs 50 crore for Saffron and Rs 14.91 crore for Development of Diary, Goatry, fisheries, sheep and poultry.

Conservation agriculture (CA) is an agricultural management practice in which there is minimum soil disturbance, retention of residue for soil cover and rotation of major crops. In contrast, soil in traditional agriculture is intensively tilled to prepare a fine and well-pulverized seedbed. Soil tillage or land preparation is the most energy-consuming operation among all field operations. Compared to traditional agriculture, farmers can save up to 40% of time, labour and fuels in CA.

Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA) seeks to contribute to the definition and implementation of the green economy in the context of sustainable development, food security and poverty alleviation through the mobilization of the food and agriculture sector.

This report – Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems - has been a unique collaboration of 12 leading scientists and experts involved in world food systems including marine and inland fisheries.

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