An understanding of the dynamics of soil organic carbon (SOC) as affected by farming practices is imperative for maintaining soil productivity and mitigating global warming. The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of long-term fertilization on SOC and SOC fractions for the whole soil profile (0–100 cm) in northwest China.

This new report by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology draws attention to the multiple benefits & threats of human nutrient use. It highlights how nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers are estimated to feed half the human population alive today, and how they will remain critical in the future.

Cows are still considered holy to the people of the Hindu faith across the Indian subcontinent. In this paper, the authors discuss details of the religious, historical, economic, cultural and sociological significance of the sacred cow in Hinduism. The authors also suggest options to use the sacred cow for the enhancement of eco-friendly living in India in the near future.

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SRINAGAR : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today equated agriculture development with prosperity, adding that use of high yielding and disease resistant seed varieties have revolutionized farm produc

Integrating perennials with food crops could restore soil health and increase staple yields, say Jerry D. Glover, John P. Reganold and Cindy M. Cox.

This study investigated the use of effective microorganisms (EM) for enhancement of biogas production through composting of solid pyrethrum remains after extraction of pyrethrins (marc). The laboratory scale experiment involved composting of the waste as substrate mixed with EM at different ratios consisting of a control, substrate with EM at of 1:250, 1:500, and 1:1000 v/v. Results show highest production of biogas at EM ratio 1:500 v/v, while biogas produced at EM ratio of 1:250 v/v had the highest methane yield.

Increase in the human population, indiscriminate growth of cities, industrialization and agricultural practices have led
to an increased accumulation of waste materials. As nature is unable to degrade the huge quantity of wastes in a short period of time, these materials can act as a secondary host of diseases and pests. All these problems forced us to revive the old traditional techniques of compost production and organic farming, which are nature’s ways for the renewal of life.

A field experiment was conducted during rabi seasons of 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 at Livestock farm, JNKVV, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh to study the effect of bio organics and chemical fertilizers on growth yield and economics of fodder oat. Result of study reveals that an application of nitrogen significantly increased the growth and yields of fodder oat.

New Delhi Concerned over the adverse impact of fertilisers on soil and crops, government plans to reduce subsidy on them and divert funds to organic manures, bio-fertilisers, green manures and promotion of organic farming.

“During the first Green Revolution, productivity was increased by 50% with the help of fertilisers. But today balanced fertilisers are needed. Urea is being used by farmers in high quantity which is affecting productivity,” agriculture minister Sharad Pawar informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Marigowda Memorial Hall in Lalbagh, Bangalore witnessed a steady footfall of 100 to 200 people at any given time on the 13th, 14th
and 15th of April. The occasion being ‘The Millet Mela’ that introduced Bangaloreans to an incredible range of millets and their lip
smacking derivatives. Earth360, pioneered, promoted and founded by M N Dinesh Kumar promotes natural and ecological farming
practices in the areas around Kadiri in Andhra Pradesh.