British environmental activist Mark Lynas, who once “demonised” geneticially modified crops and now campaigns for their cause, blames Jairam Ramesh for being “cynical” and “politically opportunist”

The Punjab government has approved a multi-phased Rs36 billion mega project namely "Punjab Irrigated Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project" with objective to increase per acre yield and boo

It is a prize from Monsanto to Monsanto, says one NGO

A selection committee chaired by M.S. Swaminathan awarding the World Food Prize for 2013 to three scientists including American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto’s chief technology officer, despite prevalent controversies and concerns over the technology of genetically modified organisms, has added fuel to the worldwide GMO debate.

We will oppose the Bill in Parliament, says Yechury

Cutting across party lines, several political leaders participated on Tuesday in a joint campaign with civil society groups and farmers’ organisations against Genetically Modified crops and the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill at Jantar Mantar here.

The need for achieving food security is felt significantly in the recent years due to enormous pressure from the ever increasing population in India. Owing to the change in preferences in crop production techniques over a period of time, several new challenges draw attention to food security. This article discusses various challenges to food security in India.

State government is trying to decrease area under paddy

In order to give a fillip to maize research and cultivation in the state, the Punjab government has approved transfer of 100 hectares in Ladowal near Ludhiana free to the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) for setting up a Directorate of Maize Research in the state. The step is likely to give a major thrust to the much-needed agricultural diversification programme in Punjab. This endeavour would also help in development of new hybrid and high-yielding varieties of maize, thereby contributing in improving farmers' incomes.

India is increasingly focusing on its rainfed areas due to demand for food and nutrition security, and escalating farmer distress.

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha appears to have missed the second green revolution, already.

Even though the state received Rs 217.25 crore under the centrally-funded 'Bringing the Green Revolution to Eastern India' (BGREI) programme in 2012-13, second to only West Bengal's allocation of Rs 269 crore, the yield has actually nosedived in Odisha since its launch in 2010-11. This has raised question marks over the implementation strategy because the scheme under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana gives top priority to boost rice production.

The Budget has provided ample resources for farmers and the farm sector even in a year of fiscal blight.

The Union Budget sought to consolidate the "remarkable progress" achieved in government's efforts to extend green revolution to eastern India by deciding to continue with the Rs 1,000-crore support