PREDICTIONS of the Union ministry of agriculture foresee India as the third biggest rice exporter in the world in the next financial year after the us and Thailand. It is estimated that

Pesticides used in rice cultivation are having just the reverse effect than the one intended -instead of decimating pests, extensive studies reveal that they are, in fact, destroying precisely those precious bugs that keep the pests on a tight leash. Seve

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a method of reducing the use of pesticides by farmers by promoting alternative pest control practices such as the use of resistant rice varieties, dependence on

A Filipino farmes uses the unstinting goodness of nature to contain pests

Scientists at the National Chemical Laboratory are working on rice biotechnology in order to develop more nutritious varieties of the cereal.

FISH CURRY and Rice is the catchy title of the latest in the genre of citizens' reports on the state of the environment, but it tells you little about what the book contains. It "does attempt to

The Kerala government decided constructing the Ambalur-Keecheri dam in Ernakulam district would remedy the decline in paddy production. Instead, the dam has accelerated damage to the crop. The

Despite advancements, research programmes in rice biotechnology heve drawn lukewarm response because it is felt that there is little money to be made from the new varities.

The Rockefeller Foundation aims at balancing priorities in rice biotechnology research between agronomic traits that would enable production in less favoured environments and properties that would help increase yield. There is alsd emphasis on achieving r

Farmers in India are using 25 times the amount of water that agricultural scientists say is needed to produce paddy. Improper irrigation methods and misconceptions are the stated reasons for the high wastage of a scarce resource.