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How plastics are lowering input costs, boosting yields and profits

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VADODARA, MARCH 20:     Bharat Patel, a science graduate and a chilli farmer from Kheda district, has reason to cheer. His earnings from the chili crop on three acres of land is set to touch ₹12 lakh this year, which is about three times over what he earned from the same crop last year. Patel is thankful to plasticulture — a technique of using plastics for agricultural applications, which helped him bring down costs and multiply income with higher yields. Patel used a mix of drip irrigation and plastic mulching for the chili crop, which includes capsicum. “Drip irrigation led...

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Gates Foundation sharpens focus on increasing income of Indian farmers

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With an intention to help improve the income of Indian farmers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will now sharpen focus on this area. The foundation has also collaborated with Niti Aayog to work on a project in Bihar.  “Indian agriculture is facing several challenges despite Indian government being one of the largest spender on agriculture in the world," Dr. Purvi Mehta, Asia Lead- Agriculture, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said speaking on the priorities for 2017.  "We have decided to sharpen our focus on increasing farmers’ income as a knowledge partner and working with farmers organisation, government agencies etc...

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Cotton variety which needs only 100 days to mature developed

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“Another advantage of shorter-duration cotton is that the fibre quality is better. The longer the duration, the weaker the fibre,” said Santosh. A SCIENTIST from the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) here has developed what is reported to be the shortest-duration cotton variety in the world. Requiring only 100-120 days for maturity, the new variety could emerge as the solution to the problems of dryland cotton farmers in regions like Vidarbha and Telangana. “This is by far the most exciting development I have experienced in my career spanning over 25 years as a cotton scientist… When this variety becomes...

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How to Encourage the Adoption of Agtech Innovation in India

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Editor’s Note: Hemendra Mathur is agribusiness investment lead and venture partner at Bharat Innovations Fund, a new $150 million early stage fund with a focus on agtech, cleantech, health-tech and enterprise-tech ventures. Mathur previously worked at SEAF India Investment Advisors and Yes Bank.  An estimated 450 million¹ of the population in India depends on farming for their livelihood. Agriculture in India makes for an interesting study with the farmer at the epicenter. An interesting phenomenon of Indian agriculture is that it’s increasingly feminized with more women working in the fields while menfolk migrate to urban areas seeking alternate employment. Despite the increasing...

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ws How Integration of Technology in Agriculture is Turning into a Big Money Business

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The incorporation of communication technologies and new edge irrigation technics in farming procedures has given rise to a term ‘smart agriculture solution’ otherwise known as the Third Green Revolution.  After relentless research in plant genetics and biotechnology, the agricultural world has shifted its focus on applications of digital technology that include geo-positioning systems, Internet of Things (IoT), precision equipment, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, drones), sensors, Big Data, ICT solutions, robotics, geo-positioning systems and actuators. Smart agriculture has immense potentials to increase productivity with long-term sustainability owing to its resource-efficient and accurate approach. The application of smart agriculture features is considerably...

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