Agriculture

How Smart is Our Agri Exports Policy – Time to Introspect

July 27, 2021

Oilseeds and Pulses, the major sources of vegetable oil and protein are most suited for Indian soils and range of agro-climates. Oilseeds crop, on an average, requires 900 litres of water for 1 kg worth produce. Whereas Pulses, the far more water use efficient crop just requires 50 litres of water to realize 1 kg produce. So, India as a policy must put emphasis on low water demanding high value energy crops with rational allocation of irrigated areas to overcome chronic shortages and mop up sizable revenues from exports. 

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Save Indian Agriculture From Peril – Do Not Leave It to Die Like Dinosaur

July 5, 2021

Needless to say, it’s a lopsided agricultural policy having no state-wise balanced crop production plan meeting overall requirements of essential commodities, though agriculture is a State Subject

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Sector Series I: Impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on Animal Husbandry and Poultry sectors in India

May 6, 2021

With the eventual closing down of roadside tea stalls, eateries, and restaurants, a share of about 15% of total milk consumption had arrived to a complete halt.

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SBSF Consultancy: A Small initiative Backed by A Great Cause

June 13, 2020

Since its inception in 2018, SBSF Consultancy has been working with seed companies, FPOs, FPCs, Universities and other government and non-government agencies.

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HALVING COSTS, DOUBLING INCOME: AN ANALYSIS OF PPP IN KISAN RAIL

May 10, 2020

With the ambitious plan of doubling the framers’ income by 2022-23, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech introduced Kisan Rail scheme. In an effort to build a coherent national supply chain for perishable products, Kisan Rail train with frozen containers will be started along with refrigerated coaches being added in Express and Freight trains for the transportation of perishable goods from the producer to the market. This farm to fork model is aimed to be set up via PPP model.

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Critical Factors Contributing to the Spread of Fall Armyworms from a Data Science Perspective

May 3, 2020

[The study was co-authored by Dr. Shravani Basu, Ángel de Jaén Gotarredona, Dr. Sébastien Foucaud & Dr. Mukti Sadhan Basu for SBSF Consultancy and originally published on towardsdatascience.com. The full study shall be published in a series of articles and this is the first article of that series.] Goals of the study Although existing and […]

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Indian Farmer

The Enigma of Agriculture’s Dismal Performance in India

February 6, 2020

The contrasting scenarios of record agricultural production and grinding poverty illustrate what is described as the “paradox of plenty” in the agriculture sector. India wastes around food worth approximately $14 billion each year, according to government figures.

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Unnecessary Agri-Imports of India: A Country with Diverse Crop Growing Situations

January 1, 2020

It reminds me how India became close to self-reliant in edible oil by doubling the output from 7.0 million tons of oil to nearly 14.0 million tons in no time with the launching of First Technology Mission on Oilseeds (TMO) in 1986. The simple interventions were price incentive to oilseed growers, procurement guarantee and total restriction on import of edible oils.

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FROM ROOFTOP TO TABLETOP: IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

December 8, 2019

Rooftop agriculture allows urban areas to become more innovative and efficient in their resource utilization through smart farming towards producing local, clean and healthy food (free from residues) with much reduced carbon footprints.

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Over Emphasis on Import of Food Legumes Bound to Damage Future Production of Pulses in India

November 21, 2019

It’s a pity that India in spite of having unique opportunities to double the Lentil, Green gram and Black gram production in Rice Fallows particularly in the inland coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, and other upland ecosystem in Eastern and North-eastern States besides improving yields in other pulses, the Country is resorted to import Pulses heavily on regular basis!

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