CSIR-CMERI opens ventilated polyhouse facility in Ludhiana, to facilitate horticulture crops

Dr (Prof) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur inaugurated a naturally ventilated polyhouse facility and laid the foundation stone of retractable roof polyhouse at Ludhiana in Punjab.    Briefing about the technology, Dr Hirani said that the farmers ...Read more


National Gene Bank at ICAR- NBPGR conserves traditional agro-products

The National Gene Bank (NGB) at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (ICAR- NBPGR), New Delhi is currently conserving more than 4.52 lakh accessions of various crops of which over 0.92 lakh accessions are of indigenous/local/traditional varieties and landraces. This information was given by Union Minist...Read more


Discovering better soil quality with biotechnology

Biotechnology is the use of organisms, especially microorganisms to perform industrial processes. Today biotechnology is used in agriculture as it provides tools to the farmers to make their products cheaper and more manageable. According to www.researchgate.net, soil biotechnology can be defined as the study and ...Read more


Penn State researchers identify gene to regulate angle of root growth in corn

According to Penn State researchers, the discovery of a gene that regulates the angle of root growth in corn is a new tool to enable the breeding of deeper-rooting crops with an enhanced ability to take up nitrogen.   The gene, called ZmCIPK15- a moniker indicating where it is located in the genome and how ...Read more


Sprout AI's vertical farming to provide sustainable solutions to global food production

Sprout AI, a technologically focused, sustainable vertical farming company, has developed scalable controlled aeroponic cultivation habitats. Sprout AI’s technology will provide solutions to the ever-increasing complexities surrounding the current and future supply of sustainable global food production ...Read more


ICAR-IISWC inks MoU with NRSC Hyd on CO2 flux over tea plantations

Intending to execute an Inter-Institutional Collaborative Project on 'Evapotranspiration Modelling, Water Budgeting and Assessment of CO2 flux over tea plantations in the Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu,' the ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (IISWC), Dehradun, Uttarakhand signed a Memorandum of Under...Read more


Study confirms Solvita's role in evaluating soil health

Solvita Soil Tests capture key biological, chemical and physical traits indicating healthy functioning in a farm system. The usefulness of Solvita commercial soil health tests as valuable tools to predict soil health indicators such as Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and Total Nitrogen (TN) has been confirmed by long-te...Read more


KVIC, BSF launch bamboo plantation prog in Jaisalmer

In the first of its kind efforts to develop green cover in the Indian deserts of Rajasthan, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) planted 1000 bamboo saplings at Tanot village in Jaisalmer, in collaboration with the Border Security Force (BSF). KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena launched the plantation prog...Read more


Pre-Summit Ministerial Roundtable of United Nations Food Systems Summit held

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Shobha Karandlaje virtually addressed the Pre-Summit Ministerial Roundtable on 'Transforming Food Systems for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Rising to the Challenge' of United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.    She said,...Read more


IMD, ICMR to provide weather-based agro advisories in Goa

India Meteorological Department (IMD) in collaboration with ICAR has recently set up District Agro-Met Unit (DAMU) under Gramin Krishi Mausam Seva (GKMS) scheme to provide the weather-based information and agro-advisories needed for the taluka level farming community. The centre is located at KVK, ICAR-CCARI, Old ...Read more


KVIC launches natural paint from cow dung

Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI), Jaipur, a unit of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has developed Khadi Prakratik Paint from cow dung. The study conducted by KNHPI emphasises that Khadi Prakratik paint is eco-friendly and cost-effective.   The Khadi Prakratik Paint develope...Read more


Meghdoot app to provide weather-based agro advisories

India Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have launched Meghdoot an easy-to-use mobile application that provides crop advisories to the farmers based on weather information.   Advisories are available in both Eng...Read more