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Vivian Fernandes

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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 »

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Focus on science, not divine powers

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Vivian Fernandes Illustration: Rohnit Phore On October 3, a national workshop on “Yagya for Sustainable Development Goals 2030” was held at the Dr BP Pal Auditorium of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi. It was organised by the Gora... More »

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Chrolophile: Can canola displace wheat in Punjab?

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Vivian Fernandes Gurpreet Singh, 40, of Batala, finds GSC-7 “farmer friendly” because of its high yield. (Representative image: Reuters) Don’t go by averages,” says Surinder Singh Banga, professor emeritus at the department of plant breeding and genetics, Punj... More »