HYDERABAD: Unseasonal rains accompanied by thunderbolt claimed 14 lives in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

With India emerging as a leading cotton producer in the world, and considering the large-scale adoption of Bt cotton cultivation, there is a need to understand the patterns of pesticide use by cotton farmers, especially as environmental, ecological, and health concerns surrounding pesticide use continue to be debated.

There remain misconceptions regarding farmer suicides. There is a need to set right these erroneous ideas based on scientific studies that have been conducted seeking to devise solutions to address the prevailing crisis of the peasantry in Punjab.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Bilquis Vs The State of Maharashtra & Others dated 11/05/2018 regarding the judgement dated 02.09.2014 passed by the High Court of Judicature at Bombay, Nagpur Bench. The High Court had reduced the compensation to Rs.50,000/- per hectare for irrigated land and Rs.9,500/- per hectare for dry land from Rs.1,62,500/- per hectare awarded (uniformly) by the Reference Court. The High Court has also set aside the award of compensation to the claimant at Rs.1200/- per orange tree. The land in contention is survey no.

Kenya is among five countries that will receive insurance cover for farmers suffering losses caused by weather-related disasters.

ABOUT 9 000 farmers in the province have taken up Climate Smart Agriculture programme, offered by the Zimbabwe Framers Union to ensure food security.

Tens of angry residents in the Keta Municipality have hit the streets in protest over oil exploration in the region.

The projected demand of maize production in India in 2050 is 4–5 times of current production. With the scope for area expansion being limited, there is need for enhancement of yield. This calls for identifying areas where huge unrealized yield potential exists. With a view to address the issue, the present study delineates homogeneous agro-climatic zones for maize production system in India taking district as a unit and using the factors production, viz. climate, soil, season and irrigated area under the crop.

During times of drought, herder Buchu Boru has to walk tens of kilometres in search of pasture for his animals - with no guarantee he will find it.

Agroecology is a better alternative than large-scale agriculture, both for the climate and for small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to researcher Ellinor Isgren from Lund University in Sw

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