Agriculture

M.S. Swaminathan calls GM crops a failure, Centre’s adviser faults paper

Genetically engineered Bt cotton has failed to provide livelihood security for farmers, says article A research paper co-authored by leading agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan, which describes Bt cotton as a ‘failure,’ was criticised by India’s Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), K . VijayRaghavan as ‘deeply flawed.’ The paper, ‘Modern Technologies for …

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Vineyards in Theni hit by rain

Farmers from Uthamapalayam taluk have complained about the huge loss of grapes due to incessant rain for the past two weeks. Revenue and Horticulture officials have taken up survey of the extent of damage faced by the grape farmers. Following complaints that well-ripened grapes on around 200 acres in Odaipatti, …

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Rubber futures to trade on MCX

The Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX), the country’s largest commodity exchange in terms of market share, will commence trading in rubber futures contracts from August 16. The new contract is aimed at offering a hedging solution to participants in the rubber value chain, including growers, traders, exporters, importers and …

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