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Maharashtra government announces a new scheme ‘Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana’

The Maharashtra government has announced a new scheme called ‘Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana’, wherein farmers families where girl children are born, will be given saplings for plantation. The purpose of the scheme is to empower women and promoting tree plantation. The farmer family blessed with a girl child between April 1 and March 31 can ..

World’s first ‘speed breeding’ technique to produce Wheat: Australia

Inspired by NASA’s experiments to grow wheat in space, Australian scientists have developed the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ technique that can boost the production of the crop by up to three times. The NASA experiments involved using continuous light on wheat which triggered early reproduction in the plants. The Australian scientists have used the technique ..

Relay Cropping

In Relay cropping second crop is planted even before the first crop is harvested. Thus, both crops share some part of the season. In India, Rice –cauliflower – onion-summer gourd is one example of relay cropping. Advantages: Less risk since yields do not depend on one crop alone. Better distribution of labor. Some diseases and ..

Seed Replacement Rate

Seed Replacement Ratio denotes how much of the total cropped area was sown with certified seeds in comparison to farm saved seeds. It also denotes actual quality seed distributed to farmers vis-a-vis actual seed required for cultivation of crops. Due to huge demand supply gap, India suffers from a dismal seed Replacement Ratio. The public ..

Karnataka to host 7th edition of India International Coffee Festival

The 7th edition of the India International Coffee Festival (IICF) will be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from January 16-19, 2018. It is being organised by the India Coffee Trust and State-run Coffee Board. The purpose of IICF 2018 is to promote the Indian coffees globally and is expected to attract over 100 companies, 600 delegates ..

Central government waives off import duty on wheat

The Central government completely scrapped import duty on wheat just a few months after it lowered it to 10%. The decision was taken as there was no relaxation seen in the retail market. The duty has been waived off for an unlimited time frame as no end date has been mentioned. The step has been ..

China’s grain output falls

China’s national grain output stands at 616 million tonnes in 2016 which is less by 5.2 million tonnes i.e. about 0.8 percent as compared to last year as per the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The country will import more grains as the grain planting area fell considerably by 3.15 lakh ..

India slips to 7th position in Coffee production

India slipped to 7th position in the world Coffee production in 2011-12 from 6th in the previous year with a share of 4%. Brazil produced 33% of the world’s coffee, followed by Vietnam (15.2%), Indonesia (6.3%) and Colombia (5.9 %). The Coffee Board has estimated 3,14,000 tons for the season in 2011-12, this includes 1,01,500 ..