World food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050, to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation forecast Wednesday.

Rahi Gaikwad

VIDARBHA: Around one crore voters in the Vidarbha region are set to exercise their franchise on October 13 for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Six months will have elapsed since they last voted for this year

Cobwebs, usually associated with poor hygiene in residential or business environment, are being viewed as a boon if found in paddy fields.

Besides eliminating crop pests, cobwebs trap vectors of pathogens that spread dreaded diseases in human beings and cattle.

However, reckless spray of pesticides on crops does not allow breeding of spiders in the fields.

Researchers in Japan have identified a gene that allows rice plants to fight off a fungal disease called blast, which may open the way for farmers to cultivate hardier plants.

Using genetic sequencing, they were also able to separate the gene, Pi21, from a nearby gene that is associated with a "poor flavor," they wrote in a paper published in Science.

SAMBALPUR: While the farmers of western Orissa continue to reel under water stressed condition, the appearance of swarming caterpillars has given farmers sleepless nights.

This report by Jon Padgham identifies and summarizes potential climate change impacts on agriculture in the developing world, examines causes of vulnerability, and suggests where investments are needed to better climate-proof agriculture.

The move follows attack on mulberry farms

ERODE: Sericulture Department has decided to tackle the mealy bug menace village-wise.

According to sources in the Department, the decision was taken after Sericulture Commissioner Harmandar Singh

convened a meeting at the Erode Collectorate on July 9.

Worms feeding on the roots of areca trees and yellow leaf disease have come as a blow to the areca growers of the region. The loss incurred due to these two factors have worsened the condition of the growers.

AHMEDABAD: Fruit Bats and insectivorous bats are the common species in the city. The former need tall trees and shade to roost and the latter live in old forts, caves, and dark places where they can feast on insects. While the Fruit Bat helps in seed dispersal, insectivorous bats control pests.

Haryana Agricultural University scientists have expressed the possibility of insect and pest attacks on cotton crop in the prevailing weather conditions.