Australia is in the grip of a severe drought. Recently, food production has decreased sharply, prices have soared and there has been water shortages and Flowering in concrete jungles bush fires in

Red rot, a fatal fungus eating into the sugarcane crop in western Uttar Pradesh, has left India drastically short on sugar. BIJOY BASANT PATRO finds a countryside caned to death

The first documented report on red rot (Colletotrichum falcaturn) dates back to 1901. However, some researchers daim that it was prevalent in the Indian subcontinent centuries ago and was referred

SOON after the euphoria of the Green Revolution in India subsided, it became clear that the high-yielding varieties (HYVs) of rice and wheat were not the answer to the problem of foodgrain scarcity.

Soil testing can help farmers decide on the right mix of fertilisers and maximise benefits

National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSSLUP) Amravati Road Nagpur 440 010 NBSS & LUP D K Block Sector 11 Bidhan Nagar Calcutta 700 091 NBSS & LUP Library

West Bengal's department of environment and forests has decided to use fly ash generated by thermal power plants and industrial boilers using coal as soil conditioners, and convert old ash ponds into

Rural women manage the family and the field, yet most development programmes target just the male farmer

A recent festival of short films bombed by and large

Agriculture, India's primary sector, is vulnerable nature's vagaries, but technological innovations have been playing a bigger role in its development. However, the lack of coordination between