This document details the Andhra Pradesh state organic farming policy aimed at promoting the use of organic manure and helping the farmers to get higher yield and price for the produce.

The Excel group is changing with the times. The agro-chemicals leader has taken a lead in the country to develop biopesticides and manage solid waste by converting it into organic compost. The company CMD, Ashwin C Shroff, spoke to FE on the sidelines of the recently concluded Ficci Environment Conclave to emphasise upon the need to have an integrated approach to sustainable waste management. Shroff is also chairman of the Ficci environment committee. Excerpts: How big is the environment technology market in India?

Bacillus thuringiensis is one of the most useful bacteria in insect pest management: it is used as an environmentally friendly biopesticide and its insecticidal toxins are incorporated into genetically modified crops. Concerns for its ongoing economic exploitation include the rapidity with which insects can evolve resistance to its toxins and whether B.