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Centre approves Rs 111.70 cr assistance to three states for kharif crop damage

-PTI/ The Telegraph Rs 68.65 crore for locust-infested Rajasthan, Rs 26.53 crore for Manipur crop damage because of drought The Centre on Wednesday said it has approved a financial assistance of Rs 111.70 crore for Rajasthan, Manipur and Meghalaya for crop damage due to locust attack, drought and flood during the 2019-20 kharif season. A decision in this regard was taken in the May 15 meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC), chaired...

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Cotton farmers desperate for passes -Antony Fernando

-The New Indian Express Cotton farmers in Karaikal have requested the district administration to give them and farm workers passes to carry out work in the fields in order prevent the crops from Pest Attack. KARAIKAL (Puducherry): Cotton farmers in Karaikal have requested the district administration to give them and farm workers passes to carry out work in the fields in order prevent the crops from Pest Attack. Cotton cultivation is taken...

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Crops failing against rising temperatures, Pest Attacks: Study -Pushp Bajaj

-Down to Earth Rising temperatures due to climate change may be compounding the stress on crops in multiple ways, it says Insect attacks are becoming stronger with rising temperatures and plants are not able to cope with the double whammy from pests and rising heat. These are the findings of a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study reinforces previous findings that persistent warm and...

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It's time to move away from paddy-wheat cropping cycle to end air pollution

Air quality in North India in general and Delhi National Capital Region (Delhi NCR) in particular plunged to its lowest point in the recent years during October-November thanks to a variety of factors. Through media reports one comes to know that stubble burning (also called paddy straw burning/ crop residue burning) is chiefly responsible for the public health crisis in India's capital and its nearby regions. Data accessed from the...

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Satellite imagery, artificial intelligence to improve farm yields in Maharashtra -Kavitha Iyer

-The Indian Express The Maha Agri Tech project attempts to mitigate agricultural risks by using data anlytics to plug gaps. Launched in January this year, the Maha Agri Tech project seeks to use technology to address various cultivation risks ranging from poor rains to Pest Attacks, accurately predict crop-wise and area-wise yield and eventually to use this data to inform policy decisions including pricing, warehousing and crop insurance. When farmers in...

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