Indronil Roychowdhury

Kolkata: Retail marketing in agriculture may still be out of bounds in West Bengal but try bio-fertiliser, bio-seeds and organic fertiliser for investment

A field experiment was conducted on rice seed production in rice-wheat cropping system to find out the effect of application of biofertilizers and urea on the grain yield and quality attributes of rice varieties at the research farm of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India during 2 wet seasons of 2006-08.

Agriculture sector contributes a major portion in gross production of India. In spite of this, agriculture today is finding itself in increasing difficulties. The adverse impact of agriculture based on synthetic fertilizers and herbicides is visible in the degradation of soil fertility, quality of food, taste of food and so on.

The Rajasthan Government is making arrangements for supply of an additional 45,000 tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate used as fertilizer for crops in view of a good monsoon this year.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A scheme to supply the bio manure produced from the city garbage to households has been launched by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The programme was inaugurated by Ports Minister V Surendran Pillai at the Press Club here on Thursday.

Speaking at the function, the Minister lauded the unique venture.


Anju Agnihotri Chaba

Jayant Barve used to market chemical fertilisers and pesticides and practise chemical agriculture himself. In 1988, he switched to sustainable agriculture, and has never looked back since. In this interview he emphasises that despite much lower input costs, organic farming does give the same yield as chemical agriculture, sometimes even more. An interview by Claude Alvares.

This study presents foliar application effect of Kappaphycus alvarezii (5-15%) extract on yield and seed quality of greengram at flowering stage. Application of K. alvarezii (conc. 10.0%) significantly increased seed yield (30.11%) compared to control,due to increase in yield of pods, weight of pods as well as seed yield per plant and 100 seed weight.

A field experiment was conducted during kharif and rabi season to study the organic, integrated and pure chemical fertilizers as a source of nutrition on maize growth, macro and micro nutrient uptake on irrigated sandy loam soil in maize-wheat sequence.