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Indian Air Force develops Airborne Locust Control System

The Indian Air Force has developed an airborne locust control system that can be integrated with Mi-17 helicopters. Highlights The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare has signed an agreement with the UK firm to modify Mi-17 helicopters to spray pesticides in order to control locust breeding. The modified aircrafts are to be supplied ..

Pesticide Consumption in India

A recent report by a non-profit organisation, Pesticide Action Network, showed an increase in the use of pesticides in India. Trends in Usage The report showed that the pesticide consumption in India has increased by 13.07% between 2014-15 and 2018-19. Of the total amount of pesticides used in India, only 10% is biopesticide. The number ..

Prakritik Kheti Khushshal Kissan Yojana launched by Himachal Pradesh government

The Prakritik Kheti Khushshal Kissan Yojana (PKKKY) was launched by the Himachal Pradesh government to promote organic / Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) system. It is in news recently because out of the total 3,226 panchayats in the state, 2,209 have been brought under the ambit of the scheme. Under the scheme, farmers has been ..

IIT Madras develops ‘Agricopter’ to eliminate manual spraying of pesticides in agricultural farms

The students at the IIT Madras have developed a smart agricopter to eliminate manual spraying of pesticides in agricultural fields and help identify crop health by using a imaging camera. The innovation will allow spraying pesticides 10 times faster and with 100% precision at the same cost as manual spraying. The current version of Project ..

Indian researchers develops a new skin gel “poly-Oxime”

Indian researchers have developed a new skin gel “poly-Oxime” that inhibits the absorption of the most commonly used pesticides such as Organophosphorous compounds, that can cause serious ill effects on health and, in worst cases, result in the death of pesticide handlers such as farmers. The ‘poly-Oxime’ does not act like a physical barrier but ..

Himachal Pradesh launches ‘Prakritik Kheti Khushhaal Kisaan Yojana’ to promote organic farming

The Himachal Pradesh government has launched the ‘Prakritik Kheti Khushhaal Kisaan Yojana’ to enhance agricultural income by adopting low-cost climate-resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) system. Under the scheme farmers would be provided training, necessary equipments, bio-pesticides, bio-insecticides, etc. The purpose of the scheme is to promote organic farming in a big way and plans ..

The 2018 World Sparrow Day (WSD) observed on 20 March

The World Sparrow Day (WSD) is observed every year on March 20 to highlight the declining population of the bird due to modern infrastructure, pollution by microwave towers and pesticides and lesser green spaces. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and ..

Bank of Baroda signs a MoU with POORTI Agri Services Pvt. Ltd to enable farmers to purchase agricultural inputs

The Bank of Baroda (BoB) has signed a MoU with POORTI Agri Services Pvt. Ltd to enable the farmers to purchase agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, seeds etc. provided by POORTI. This is a Platform for Online Ordering & Rural Transformation of India known as “POORTI”. Poorti is a well-established company providing multi-party mobile ..