The news that more than 180 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh in the last few weeks is, indeed, disturbing. What makes this tragedy even more poignant is the fact that the suffering was

World food security requires an exceptional cereals harvest in 1998, with global surplus stocks already below safe levels, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report published on

India must initiate action against Kenya and Sri Lanka for threatening its tea market by selling tea under the Darjeeling label, said a patent expert. Given India's leading position in textiles,

As many as 21 high altitude panchayats of Tissa development blocks in Chamba district bordening Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir have been badly hit by the recent heavy snowfall. Some areas may

US-based agriculture and pharmaceuticals giant Monsanto is setting up a specialised research unit in India for developing new crop strains. The move comes as a surprise as this is the first time a

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Poultry Science, Kerala Agricultural University, Mannuthy, near here, will release two new varieties of chicks from April. The varieties, 'Varna,' the coloured

Pests eat up rice worth about Taka 1200 to 1800 crore annually, officials of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) told BSS. They said a conservative estimate puts the annual loss of rice yield

Countryside organisations across Europe are to press the European Commission for a huge increase in funding for environmentally friendly farming. The UK's Countryside Commission will present Franz

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) plans to expand institute-village linkage programme (IVLP) to 70 centres in the next five years.

Agricultural extension services in the country will be stepped up with commencement of the $239 million World Bank funded national agricultural technology project (NATP) from April