I have written in this series so far only about annual (Banana, Sugarcane) or seasonal (Cotton, Tomato etc.) crops which have a definite single season growth period from germination to harvest (or physiological maturity).
Today, education remains an inaccessible right for millions of children around the world. More than 72 million children of primary education age are still away from education and school wherein 759 million adults are illiterate and do not have the awareness or the necessity to improve both their living conditions and education of their children.
Watermelon is one of most popular fruit in the country. Watermelons are mostly water, about 92%, but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.
Turmeric, (Curcuma longa) is a spice. It is commonly used in Asian Cuisine. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour and colour curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. The rhizome is also used widely in medicine and cosmetics. It contains a yellow-coloured chemical called curcumin. The economic part of the plant is the underground rhizomes which develop fingers and contain curcumin (8-10%) for which it is valued in commerce.
We all have been hearing in a coon’s age about the big challenge of coping up with many factors under Covid -19 pandemic and lockdown conditions. Agriculture being a labor intensive realm, which has to counter many such factors like – How to maintain Social Distancing? The fear of getting infected, and mainly the angst of bearing the losses of crops!
Tomato, Lycopersicum esculentum, is edible, belongs to the family Solanaceae. It is a herbaceous annual plant with bisexual flowers. The fruit is a true berry. It is a self-pollinated crop but in some cases as high as 30% cross-pollination has been reported.
Maize is the miracle crop. It is the queen of cereals and has highest genetic yield potential. In India, Maize ranks fifth in area (8.55 m ha) fourth in production (21.3 m.t) and third in productivity (2.54 t/ha) among Cereals.
Jain Irrigation Systems Limited, the largest Micro Irrigation Systems Company in the country and second largest globally, has announced audited standalone and consolidated results for the fourthquarter and the twelvemonths of FY 2020.
Wheat is one of the most primitive plants that was domesticated as food crops, some 8000 years ago. It is the major staple crop for most part of the world; Europe, West Asia, South East Asia, Americas and North Africa. Wheat occupies the largest acreage under cultivation and leads all other food crops-rice, maize and potato.
Deficit irrigation (DI) is an optimization strategy whereby net returns are maximized by reducing the amount of irrigation water and crops are deliberately allowed to sustain some degree of water deficit without affecting the yield.
Water resources are drying up. Humans find it challenging to measure, and estimate water use by the crop. They are also looking for opportunities to improve water productivity, by conserving water or reducing its consumption. At this point one started asking ‘How much water does my crop need ?’
The soil is a storehouse of plant nutrients, and the medium through which water and nutrients move. It is the anchorage for plants and the reservoir of water for plant growth. The characteristics of soils vary widely according to their physical properties, often determining the type of crop which can be grown, and also the nature of irrigation system which is appropriate. Therefore, a thorough understanding of soil properties is important for purposes of irrigation design.
The National Summit on "Investing in future through Sustainable Water use Management in Agriculture" was organized by Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) in New Delhi on 26th Feb 2020.
A lifetime achievement award was given to Dr. Bhawarlal Jain on the 22nd Feb 2020 posthumously, at a well-attended inaugural ceremony of the International Conference on Banana at Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, organised by ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana.
Bhavarlalji has set up an agrarian world at Jain Hills for all present and future farmers who have learned from their agricultural technology and how they have embraced the future, and thus take inspiration from sustainable agriculture. Jain Hills is a modern picture of the future of agriculture. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, said that his government considers farmers as most important.
The largest micro irrigation systems company in the country and the second largest globally, has announced standalone and consolidated results for the third quarter of FY2019-20 (Q3) and 9 months ended on 31 December 2019.
This question is getting more intense and raised more often as the scarcity for water increases. Historically, the query was never raised in the past, as no one doubted about the availability of water.