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Vivian Fernandes

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Reaping riches from rice research

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Vivian Fernandes When rice is grown under aerobic conditions, like Direct Seeded Rice (DSR), a saving of about 12-35% of irrigation water is reported, IRRI says. I remember my grandmother, a widowed smallholder farmer, sowing ‘Ayarate,’ a newly-introduced rice... More »

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Why India’s dalhan success will elude tilhan

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Vivian Fernandes In cooking oil, India depends on imports for two-thirds of its requirement. (Reuters) India is perhaps the biggest market for edible oil. Annual imports during the past three years have averaged 14.82 million tonnes at $9.43 billion. Though pa... More »

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Agricultural growth needs warehousing reforms

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Vivian Fernandes Sabharwal has the build of a sparrow and the intensity of a kite. He is steeped in the art: his grand dad, Sohan Lal, did the only thing he knew: run a dal mill which he set up in Delhi’s Kishanganj after fleeting Pakistan during the Partition... More »

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Back to basics with zero-budget natural farming

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Vivian Fernandes The objective was to make the farm as regenerative as the forest. When Vijay Kumar Thallam, the co-vice-chairman of the RySS, was told about Carberry’s remarks, he said every acre of land had 78,000 tonnes of nitrogen. Mega bucks were chasing ... More »

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Dispelling falsehoods about GM crops

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Vivian Fernandes With Prakash Javadekar taking charge of the environment ministry from the inert Harsh Vardhan, and hopes kindling of genetically-engineered brinjal and mustard being approved for cultivation, one wishes the government had a specialised communi... More »

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Making contract farming suitable for farmers

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Vivian Fernandes The kerfuffle caused by PepsiCo India taking 11 persons including farmers and traders to court for unauthorised use of its protected potato variety has abated with the company dropping the litigation and the Gujarat government agreeing to play... More »

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Farm production: Are we growing enough pulses?

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Vivian Fernandes Are we self-sufficient in pulses?” Peter Carberry, the director-general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Hyderabad-based institute, asked Narendra Pratap Singh, the director of Kanpur’s Ind... More »

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Has Punjab lost affinity for agricultural research?

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Vivian Fernandes Illustration: Rohnit Phore Are Punjab students shunning agricultural research? In the first of two examinations conducted this year (the other is not final) for the post of scientist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), 179 c... More »