AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi will lead a delegation of party leaders from Bundelkhand, UP and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday to request a package for the rain deficient area.

LUCKNOW: Even as the state Met department kept a close watch on the movement of the "low pressure" area over the Bay of Bengal, which converted into

a "deep depression" on Tuesday, chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta after a review meeting issued directions to distribute among farmers seed of crops requiring less water to grow.

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has described the Union Budget as anti-farmer and disappointing, adding that it would compound the problems of the common man who is facing the brunt of economic slowdown.

Mr. Chauhan said that the Union Government had not shown any sincere intent to curb rising prices and counter the economic slowdown.

- Farmers upbeat as Doba, a new technology, will enable rainwater harvesting

Ranchi, June 29: The rain god is smiling and so are the farmers.

They have to worry less about irrigation now as monsoon has finally hit the state. And using a new technology this time round to store rainwater, farmers can look forward to better summers ahead.

From Vaigai dam to supply protected water to drought-hit areas

HELPFUL: Revenue Minister I. Periyasamy giving away school books to students at R. Kombaipatti near Batlagundu in Dindigul on Saturday.

Agriculture hit by scanty rain

Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Government has sought Central assistance of Rs.200 crore in the wake of drought-like conditions in the State due to scanty rainfall for the past six months, official sources said.

Monsanto and Germany-based BASF have discovered a naturally-occurring gene that can help corn plants combat drought and confer yield stability during periods of inadequate water supplies. The scientists of both companies announced the discovery in Germany on Tuesday.

K. Balchand
NEW DELHI: In a bid to provide relief to seven drought-affected districts of Bundelkhand region and eastern Uttar Pradesh, the National Agricultural Bank for Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs.246 crore.

The crisis management plan outlined in this document is part of overall spectrum of drought management plan but is restricted to the management interventions required during the time of Crisis.

Aarti Dhar
NEW DELHI: A new World Bank report has said India can further its climate resilience through a combination of measures and right incentives aimed at multiple levels of government