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After deadly explosion in Beirut, ammonium nitrate fertiliser under regulatory scrutiny again
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After deadly explosion in Beirut, ammonium nitrate fertiliser under regulatory scrutiny again

For many reasons other than regulation, farmers have switching to using urea over ammonium nitrate over the years, analysts say.

Intensive agriculture raises future pandemic risk, with animals and people in close contact: Study
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Intensive agriculture raises future pandemic risk, with animals and people in close contact: Study

COVID-19 is almost certain to have originated in animals before passing to and spreading among humans.

COVID-19 prompts changes in paddy cultivation: Punjab, Haryana farmers say new techniques have helped cut costs
India

COVID-19 prompts changes in paddy cultivation: Punjab, Haryana farmers say new techniques have helped cut costs

Government officials told Reuters the 'direct seeding of rice (DSR)' method could increase yields by about one-third and slash costs on workers and water

Urgent changes to farming practices are needed to rescue biodiversity, scientists say
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Urgent changes to farming practices are needed to rescue biodiversity, scientists say

The farming industry occupies a third of the world's landmass, and poses a threat to 62 percent of species considered endangered.

USA increases drilling for oil and gas, contributes to most of the methane emissions globally finds two studies
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USA increases drilling for oil and gas, contributes to most of the methane emissions globally finds two studies

In South Asia, South America and Africa, growing agricultural activities have caused methane levels to spike.

Insider Take By D.Narain, Simon Wiebusch Bayer CropScience Limited | Economy Under Lockdown | Agriculture
India

Insider Take By D.Narain, Simon Wiebusch Bayer CropScience Limited | Economy Under Lockdown | Agriculture

Agriculture industry veterans D.Narain, Senior Bayer Representative, SouthAsia and Managing Director, Bayer CropScience Limited and Simon Wiebusch, COO Bayer CropScience Division of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka highlight challenges faced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

India's economy wasn't hit as hard as anticipated; scope to boost farm employment: veteran banker KV Kamath tells Network18
India

India's economy wasn't hit as hard as anticipated; scope to boost farm employment: veteran banker KV Kamath tells Network18

Indicating there is a big scope for enhancing farm employment, KV Kamath said that agriculture has come back very quickly and rural India has been less affected by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

India deploys helicopters, 12 drones to spray insecticides and monitor swarms after nine states report sightings of locusts
India

India deploys helicopters, 12 drones to spray insecticides and monitor swarms after nine states report sightings of locusts

To combat locust swarms, the government has also placed an order for five new helicopter-mounted spray systems from Britain to install in Indian Air Force helicopters

Finance Ministry credits govt, RBI for ‘green shoots of economic revival’ as agriculture, petroleum, electricity indicators pick up
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Finance Ministry credits govt, RBI for ‘green shoots of economic revival’ as agriculture, petroleum, electricity indicators pick up

The Finance Ministry cited "green shoots" of recovery in agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors, and said the prompt policy measures taken by the government and RBI have helped reinvigorate the economy with minimal damage

Drones carrying soap bubbles may help pollinate flowers where bees cannot: Study
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Drones carrying soap bubbles may help pollinate flowers where bees cannot: Study

Researchers combined an automatic bubble maker that blew 5,000 bubbles per minute with a GPS-controlled drone to create the robotic pollinator.

Desert locust swarms invade India: They are millimetres in size but millions in numbers
India

Desert locust swarms invade India: They are millimetres in size but millions in numbers

The current locust swarm is thought to have originated in southern Iran due to the Indian Ocean Dipole, which caused warmer waters to its west and cooler waters to its east.

World Environment Day: Data shows the world has lost a Switzerland-size area of primary rainforest in 2019
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World Environment Day: Data shows the world has lost a Switzerland-size area of primary rainforest in 2019

In order to stop deforestation, researchers say emphasis must be placed on changing the incentives driving forest loss on a domestic, local level.

Cheaper gas to cut urea subsidy bill; to boost profitability of urea makers: CRISIL Ratings
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Cheaper gas to cut urea subsidy bill; to boost profitability of urea makers: CRISIL Ratings

Profitability of urea makers is likely to surge due to reimbursement of additional fixed cost, as cheaper gas will reduce urea subsidy bill by Rs 12,000 crore, according to a report

Agrarian distress, shoddy enforcement of MNREGA in Marathwada and Vidarbha leave migrant workers in Maharashtra little choice but to return to cities
India

Agrarian distress, shoddy enforcement of MNREGA in Marathwada and Vidarbha leave migrant workers in Maharashtra little choice but to return to cities

With farming increasingly proving to be unprofitable due to various reasons in Maharashtra, migrant workers returning to villages will have to return to urban centres for livelihood as soon as lockdown eases.

COVID-19 Impact: India facing worst recession since Independence; economy to shrink by 5% in current fiscal, says CRISIL
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COVID-19 Impact: India facing worst recession since Independence; economy to shrink by 5% in current fiscal, says CRISIL

In the past 69 years, India has seen a recession only thrice - as per available data - in fiscals 1958, 1966 and 1980. The reason was the same each time - a monsoon shock that hit agriculture, then a sizeable part of the economy.

Coronavirus outbreak a trailer of what anti-microbial resistance can do tomorrow; it's time to limit intake of antibiotics before it's too late
India

Coronavirus outbreak a trailer of what anti-microbial resistance can do tomorrow; it's time to limit intake of antibiotics before it's too late

Experts dealing with anti-microbial resistance (AMR) have feared uncontrollable pathogens — bacteria as well as viruses — much before COVID-19 spread across the globe

COVID-19 Impact: Bad loans in banking sector may rise by Rs 5.5 lakh cr this fiscal, says India Ratings
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COVID-19 Impact: Bad loans in banking sector may rise by Rs 5.5 lakh cr this fiscal, says India Ratings

While bad loans from the corporate sector may rise by Rs 3.4 lakh crore, for non-corporate segments it may increase by Rs 2.1 lakh crore in FY21, India Ratings and Research said in the report

Coronavirus Lockdown: Rs 6.45 lakh cr worth loans sanctioned by PSBs during 1 March-15 May, says Nirmala Sitharaman
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Coronavirus Lockdown: Rs 6.45 lakh cr worth loans sanctioned by PSBs during 1 March-15 May, says Nirmala Sitharaman

State-owned banks have sanctioned about Rs 6.45 lakh crore worth loans to various sectors including MSME, agriculture and retail between 1 March and 15 May when businesses were reeling under the impact of COVID-19 crisis

Defanging outmoded APMC model and altering essential commodities act will unlock value, empower farmer, writes BJP economist
India

Defanging outmoded APMC model and altering essential commodities act will unlock value, empower farmer, writes BJP economist

APMC Acts empower state governments to demarcate their geographical region into various ‘notified market areas’, headed by a market committee for each market area. Over time these committees became authoritarian, leading to a monopolistic structure, antithetical to the cause of welfare of the farming community.

In easing agri markets and movement of produce, Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated earlier promises; here are seven more urgently needed reforms
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In easing agri markets and movement of produce, Nirmala Sitharaman has reiterated earlier promises; here are seven more urgently needed reforms

In terms of outlay, the agricultural reform announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on 14 May is not as ambitious as other schemes.