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  • Nutritional Food Security Through Organic Horticulture    By: Praveen Kumar Mishra

    Mostly fruits and vegetables are produced by the farmers but their family members particularly children's are affected from essential nutrient components. Organic cultivation are sustainable, environmental friendly and nutritionally superior. Therefore a need of organic horticulture production mainly fruits and vegetables for ensuring nutritional food security. Organic production gives not only quality horticulture produce but also helps in conserve the natural resources, resolve ecological troubles with the reduction of soil, air and water pollution. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Management of Litchi Mite    By: Dr. Kuldeep Srivastava

    Litchi mite is a major problem and can be managed by pruning and removal of infested twigs/ shoots just after harvesting of the fruit before new emergence of new flush. Further 2 spray of chlorfenapyr 10 EC (3ml/l) or propargite 57 EC (3ml/l) at 15 days interval during July. Pruning of newly infested twigs during October and spray with chlorfenapyr 10 EC (3ml/l) or propargite 57 EC (3ml/l). >> Category: Agriculture
  • Litchi: Nutritional Value and Health Benefits    By: Manvendra Singh

    Litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) is a sub-tropical evergreen sapindaceous fruit crop. It is well known for its bright red, attractive luscious fruit possessing abundant nutritional benefits. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Dihydroorotate Dehydrogenase: A Mitochondrial Enzyme of Pyrimidine Biosynthesis    By: Sukumar Taria

    Most of the enzymes involved in the pyrimidine biosynthesis are cytosolic enzymes,but the reaction catalysed by the dihydroorotate dehydrogenase is the only mitochondrial enzyme present in the outer surface of the inner membrane. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Management of Litchi Fruit and Shoot Borer    By: Dr. Amrendra Kumar

    Litchi fruit and shoot borer is the most important pest of litchi fruits. It causes heavy economic loss to the growers. Once the fruit infested by pest it becomes unfit for consumption and processing. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Water Quality for Poultry Birds    By: Dr. Anjali Kumari

    About the quality and components present in drinking water used for poultry birds. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Traits to Study Under Drought Stress in Wheat    By: Dr. R S Tomar

    Drought is a major constraint and environmental factor in limiting wheat productivity in many parts of the world particularly in rainfed agriculture. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Strategies to Increase Pulse Production Through New Technology Adoption    By: Dr. R S Tomar

    The changes in existing pulses production technology and implementation of the new ones can reduce the cost of production and hence prices, and create scope for further increase in demand for pulse crops >> Category: Agriculture
  • Kisan Credit Card: Innovative Tool for Farmers Credit System    By: Dr. Amit Singh

    Benefits of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) Scheme to the banks and farmers. The basic philosophy of the article is to focus on the establish credit system that is prevailing in the country and the measure that were taken to improve the same for the benefits of the farmers. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Litchi Based Cropping in Pond    By: Dr. R K Patel

    Land which is lying unutilized due to water logging may be successfully restored through making of pond and utilized for water conservation and fish culture. All pond embankments which are remains unutilized made useful for cultivation of litchi, banana, papaya and other seasonal crops throughout the year. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Grafting in Sohiong for Plant Multiplication    By: Dr. R K Patel

    Sohiong (Prunus nepalensis) plants are propagated through seeds by the farmers from long time that resulted variation in fruit quality and also have the long gestation period (> 8 years). Owing to long gestation period and high canopy size, a novel plant multiplication technique through grafting (wedge and tongue) in sohiong has been standardized. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Horse gram: Mining Genes for Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Therapeutic Values    By: Dr. Dinesh Chand

    Horse gram is a potential crop for future and is a source of mining genes for abiotic stress tolerance, heavy metal stress, high protein content, nitrogen fixation ability, antioxidant and resistance to diseases. It is also used for a number of medicinal and therapeutic applications in Ayurvedic medicine such as curing piles, renal stones etc. >> Category: Agriculture
  • GRAS and DELLA Protein    By: Sukumar Taria

    GRAS protein is palnt specific family of plant protein involved in plant developmental process. Among them,DELLA protein is one of the protein sub family involved in GA and loght signalling. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Bio-Aesthetic Planning and Benefits    By: Dr. Prativa Anand

    The term 'bio-aesthetic planning', given by Prof. Lancelot Hogben, refers to the conscious planning of the flora and the fauna with the objective of beautifying our surroundings or country. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Dichondra: Perfect Ground Cover for Shaded Lawns    By: Dr. Babita Singh

    Dichondra is not a turf grass but a fast growing ground cover. This is a perennial warm season grass with fine texture which has a prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves. It grows very close to the ground, (usually not over 2 inches tall).It is adapted to warmer climates, but will retain its striking green color during winter temperatures as below 0 degree C with only slight leaf browning. dichondra has broad, almost circular leaves and when mowed low establishes a thick dense carpet look. It is now used in many ground cover situations where normal grasses may not do as well. It will develop beautiful white flowers throughout most of the warmer months which also lay close to the ground which add a stunning cottage feel to lawns and gardens, and which often visually blends both lawns and gardens together in a very pleasing manner. The cascading habit also makes this attractive plant perfect for rock walls or window boxes. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Farming System with Gender Perspective    By: Pampi Paul

    Gender perspective in integrated farming system is very crucial as from the beginning of the era women remain as part of agriculture with their male counterparts. Invisible work, less wage labour, less access and control over resources, less to extension services etc. are serious gender issues to consider. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Espaliers in Creating Living Sculptures    By: Dr. Ritu Jain

    Espalier' refers to the training of a plant or tree to grow flat against a wall or trellis. Espalier has considerable merit in today's garden design. The practice was originally used in the old world to conserve space in small orchards and gardens. Today, espaliers are used for introducing a decorative accent in the landscape the espalier plant is very definitely favored when the plot of ground is narrow, against wall or fences. This method of growing shrubs and trees is certainly decorative and conserves space.The word espalier is French, and it comes from the Italian spalliera, meaning 'something to rest the shoulder (spalla) against'. During the 17th Century, the word initially referred only to the actual trellis or frame on which such a plant was trained to grow, but over time it has come to be used to describe both the practice and the plants themselves.[1] The practice was popularly used in the middle ages in Europe to produce fruit inside the walls of a typical castle courtyard without interfering with the open space and to decorate solid walls by planting flattened trees near them. Vineyards have used the technique in the training of grapes for hundreds or perhaps even thousands of years. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Participatory Plant Breeding - Farmers have the opportunity to choose    By: Dr. Madhu Patial

    In Participatory Plant Breeding both breeders and farmers complement each other in varietal development process. Farmers disseminated his hand on knowledge and needs, share his germplasm and fields and are involved in each and every step besides ready for earlier adoption of the material. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh for Long Time    By: Dr. Ritu Jain

    Flowers are highly perishable commodities and there are enormous losses in value of cut flower all along the market channel and are estimated to be 30-40 per cent of farm value. Flowers needs gentle handling as they continue to live after harvest at the expense of reserve food. The nature and extent of postharvest damage is typical for each crop or cultivar. The post harvest losses become important especially when dealing with the export of fresh flowers to distant and foreign market. Therefore, patient, soft and expert handling of flowers is of utmost importance after harvest. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of RNAi Technology in Solanaceous Vegetables    By: Hanuman Ram

    Gene silencing is a eukaryotic genome defense system against viruses and mobile DNA elements that works by processing double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) into short interfering RNA (siRNA). RNA interference (RNAi) refers to a multi-step process, including the introduction of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) into a cell, cleavage of dsRNA into short interfering RNA (siRNA) 21- 26 nt in size, formation of RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC), degradation of complementary mRNA, and suppression of target gene expression. RNAi technology has become a powerful tool for the study of the functions of individual genes in a range of organisms. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Imperata Cylindrica Mediated Doubled Haploidy technique for Wheat Improvement    By: Dr. Madhu Patial

    Imperata Cylindrica is a wild grass which is being taken for development of haploids through embryo rescue technique which has been reported to be the is most efficient technique for DH development in wheat >> Category: Agriculture
  • Precision Farming: An Innovative Approach for Crop Management    By: Arjun Verma

    Precision farming in many developing countries including India is in its infancy stage but there are numerous opportunities for its adoption. The support from governments and the private sector during the initial stages of adoption is therefore vital. Precision farming is essential for the purpose of enhancing productivity, reducing ecological balance and degradation. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Climate Change and Extension Role in Adaptation Practices    By: Arjun Verma

    Climate is an ever changing phenomenon and are experienced by all type of communities whether it may be poor or rich around the world, but poor communities much more affected because they have much higher levels of vulnerability to environmental determinants of health, wealth and other factors, and much lower levels of capacity available for coping with environmental change. Extension can help farmers to prepare for greater climate variability and uncertainty, create contingency measures to deal with exponentially increasing risk, and alleviate the consequences of climate change by providing advice on how to deal with droughts, floods, and so forth. >> Category: Agriculture
  • ICT as a Support Tool of Extension for Agricultural and Rural Development    By: Arjun Verma

    Rural development encompasses the development of agriculture, socio-economic infrastructure and human resources in rural areas. For this development communication has to emerge as an important policy instrument integrating economic, social, education and cultural planning. The electronic mass communication has been considered as a potential tool for development of rural people. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be cost effectively and practically employed to facilitate information delivery and knowledge sharing among farmers, extension agents and other stakeholders >> Category: Agriculture
  • Alopecia in Dogs and its Management    By: Dr. Abhishek Kumar Singh

    Alopecia doesn't refer only to hair loss; it also includes coat defects from failure of hair to grow. It will decrease the value of the animal socially and economically. Its management and proper care can reduce the occurrence and bring smile on pet and owners face. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Dairy Farming: A Climate Smart Perspective    By: Pampi Paul

    In the present time it is a crucial issue of concern to sustain the farming in view of changing climate scenario. Dairy farming is a familial tradition in Indian agricultural activities; which is a chief source of GHGs. Climate smart dairy farming could helps to increase food production, help farmers to become more resilient to climate change and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Empowerment of Dairy Farmers through Mobile Advisory Services    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Dairy farmer needs timely agro-advisory service to do better farming and good returns from their enterprise. Farmers require immediate advice on disease and other issues to avoid damage to their livestock. However, gap between farmer and extension is increasing day by day because of various constraints and limitation in the system. In order to overcome the problem of geographical limitation, ICTs Implementation plays an important role in improving the wellbeing of the dairy farmers. Mobile based SMS provides the facility of sending text message could be used to perform two-way-communication between farmer and scientists. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) for Good Dairy Farming Practices (GDFP)    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) play an important role in improving dairy farmers' production systems. By fulfilling information need of the farmers, it is possible to increase the production, profitability with the responsibility of protecting human health, animal health, animal welfare and the environment. Dairy farmers, as the primary producers in the supply chain, should also be given the opportunity to add value to their product by adopting best methods of production that satisfy the demands of processors and customers. E-extension play an important role in facilitating information needs of the farmer-producer on good dairy farming practices. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Mobile Based SMS Services for Dairy Farmers    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Agro-advisory service providers need to develop specific, appropriate, and timely content and update of information as often as necessary. Creation of help lines to provide customized solutions and enable feedback from farmers also help in sustaining technology. The information delivery must be led by demand driven rather than supply driven. However, even when all that is done, it must be remembered that merely receiving messages over the phone does not motivate farmers to start using this information. The services have to be supplemented with demonstration of new technologies on farmers' own fields and through field trials. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Packaging Practices of Guinea Grass    By: Taramani Yadav

    Guinea was brought to India on Army Farms in 1793, and was grown along with old grasses. Distribution, climatic requirement, sowing method, different varieties in different Agro-ecological zones, water management, weed management, harvesting and yield. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Capacity Building for Management of Human-Wildlife Conflict    By: Mukesh Kumar

    Human-wildlife conflicts undermine human welfare, health and safety, and have economic and social costs. In India, there is no particular definition for a protected area; any area that is considered by the central government or state government to be important for conservation is designated a status under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and is then legally considered a protected area. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Packaging Practices of Hybrid Napier    By: Taramani Yadav

    Hybrid Napier's distribution, climatic requirement, sowing method, varieties in different agro-ecological zones, harvesting and yield. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Benefits of Organic Farming in Hilly and Eastern States of India    By: Saikat Maji

    Due to close to organic traditional farming system followed by farmers in eastern and hilly states of India it is easy to convert them into organic farmers. These regions are not only rich in biodiversity but also untouched by inorganic input intensive green revolution. Thus given the emerging market demand of organic products the small and marginal farmers can earn substantial profit by switching into organic farming as well as consumers and whole country will be benefited from adoption of organic farming. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Goat Farming: An Emerging Agribusiness Opportunity    By: Saikat Maji

    In Indian context, where small and marginal farmers are predominant, goat farming could be economically profitable undertaking. With a number of good goat breed available and availability of grazing resources especially in vast rain-fed track of India, this low input farming has immense importance from small, marginal and even landless farmers point of view. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Anti-Quality Components in Fodder Crops    By: Pooja Gupta Soni

    During fodder production, along with quality characteristics some anti-quality factor also develops. In this article common anti quality factors are discussed with some management options to reduce these in green fodder. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Carbon Footprint of Milk Production    By: Mukesh Kumar

    Climate change is an challenging issue and global warming is an important consequence and emission of greenhouses (GHGs)is an important cause of that. Emission of GHGs for a product is the carbon footprint and for milk production it is highly important as it is a source of three important GHGs. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Organic Agriculture: Alternate for Sustainable Cultivation    By: Pawan Kumar

    The main aim of organic agriculture is to develop a sustainable agriculture system, which conserves environment, land resources and crop diversity and ensures adequate food production by maintaining soil fertility. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Water Footprints for Future Sustainability of Dairy Farming    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Consumption of animal product contributes more than one-quarter of water footprint of humanity as compared to wisely chosen food crop production. There is a need to reduce water foot print of animal feed and origin of feed ingredient. By this means sustainability of dairy farming can be maintained and it also help in increasing productivity. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Need, Objectives, Programmes and Challenges for a Second Green Revolution    By: Dr. Rakesh Kumar

    This article deals with the need of second green revolution along with its objectives and different programmes, which can lead to second green revolution. The challenges which are likely to encounter are also enumerated >> Category: Agriculture
  • Seed Industry Consolidation: A Recent Trend in Seed Industry Development    By: Rajesh Kumar Sharma

    Commercial seed industry has transformed dramatically and shifted from a competitive sector of agribusiness, composed primarily of small, family-owned firms, to an industry dominated by a small number of transnational pharmaceutical/chemical corporations. Consolidation is associated with a number of impacts that constrain the opportunities for renewable agriculture. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Viability Loss During Transportation and Interim Storage    By: Rajesh Kumar Sharma

    Seed viability refers to state of being aliveness, metabolically active and possesses enzymes capable of catalyzing metabolic reactions needed for germination and seedling growth. High and fluctuating temperatures and adverse humidity are the chief causes of viability losses during shipment. Interim storage is a temporary storage before the permanent storage and chances of unfavorable environmental condition and attack of pest and disease during interim storage causes the loss of viability. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Manipulation for Achieving Flowering Synchrony for Hybrid Seed Production    By: Rajesh Kumar Sharma

    In the hybrid seed production, seed yield and its quality attributes can be increased through proper synchronization of flowering of parental lines and optimum female to male parental rows. Synchronization in flowering assumes greater importance as the seed set on female parent depends on the amount of pollen supplied from the male parent. Failure to obtain proper synchronization is the most commonly encountered problem in hybrid seed production, resulting in very poor or no seed set at all. >> Category: Agriculture
  • The Role of Seed Coat in Seed Longevity and Viability    By: Rajesh Kumar Sharma

    The seed coat acting a central role in seed longevity because it provides the primary defense against harmful microorganisms as well as unfavorable environmental conditions. Cracked seed coats permits electrolyte leakage, which encourages the growth of microorganisms. Weak seed coat structures also permits rapid water uptake, leading to imbibitional injury. Phenolc compounds in seed coat contribute to seed hardness and inhibition of microorganism's growth. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Nutraceutical Benefits of Barley Consumption    By: Dr. Vikender Kaur

    Barely is considered as a nutritionally dense food, with low calories. Historically known as the food of athletes and gladiators, barley has earned nutritional accolades as a 'super food'. It is a rich source of dietary fiber, phytonutrients, niacin, thiamin, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium, and soluble and insoluble fiber. The nutritional benefits of barley consumption are vast, including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, slowing the absorption of glucose and stabilizing blood glucose levels, increasing satiety and bowel regularity, and protecting against cancer. Extensive and widespread research as well as awareness is needed to utilize the potential food uses of barley, as its nutritive value is analogous to the other cereals especially widely consumed wheat as well. >> Category: Agriculture
  • HCN Toxicity in Green Fodder    By: Dr. Rakesh Kumar

    During prolonged stress in crop chances of HCN toxicity are increased. This article deals with introduction, causes and management options related to HCN toxicity. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Nitrate Toxicity in Green Fodder during Prolonged Foggy-Cloudy-Frosty Weather    By: Dr. Rakesh Kumar

    During prolonged foggy and frosty weather chances of nitrate toxicity are increased due to less availability of solar radiation for energy production. This scarcity causes reduction in conversion of nitrate to protein synthesis. Hence more amount of nitrate accumulates in plant. This article deals with introduction, causes and management options. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Centers of Diversity of Crops    By: Manoj Kumar

    Centers of Diversity are the center where maximum amount of variability can be traced out. These centers of diversity are very important in breeding programmes. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Management of Insect-Pest in Organic Agriculture    By: Roop Singh

    Pest management is a key component in organic crop production systems. It is important to understand the interactions of different components in a specific ecosystem for successfully control pest in an organic agriculture. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Importance of Maize as Multipurpose Crop    By: Dr. Rakesh Kumar

    Maize which is also known as Queen of Cereal crops as it is used for various purposes viz. human consumption, feed and fodder for live stock, poultry feed and various industrial purposes. This article deals with importance as animal feed and fodder. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Mulching in Vegetable Cultivation    By: Dr. Swati Saha

    Mulching in general is a beneficial practice for crop production. Mulch is simply a protective layer of a material that is spread on top of the soil. It enriches and protects soil and provides a better growing environment. At the same time it acts as barriers to movement of moisture out of the soil. Mulches support infiltration of runoff and irrigation water as the mulches protect the soil surface from the impact of raindrops preventing soil crusting. >> Category: Agriculture

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