Karnataka’s heat and drought wilt vegetable cultivation

Karnataka’s heat and drought wilt vegetable cultivation

Patches of green followed by patches of brown dominate the scene through the villages of Hoskote taluk, a major horticultural crop supplier to Bengaluru, situated roughly 35 kilometres from the city centre. Cabbage, tomato, sunflower, marigold, and maize are among the crops grown in the fields adjacent to the highway, but on a scorching March … Read more

Delayed monsoon hits cotton, pulses’ cultivation

Delayed monsoon hits cotton, pulses’ cultivation

A farmer prepares his farms near IITH at Kandi in Sangareddy district. | Photo Credit: MOHD ARIF The delayed onset of monsoon, which was 26% deficient till July 15, in the State this season, has badly impacted the cultivation of major crops such as cotton and redgram, along with other pulses. However, the extent of … Read more

Lotus cultivation supplements farmers’ income in village near Sholinghur

Lotus cultivation supplements farmers’ income in village near Sholinghur

Lotus cultivated in the lake in Ammanneri village near Sholinghur town for nearly a decade by a small group of farmers. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement A lake in Ammanneri village near Sholinghur town has been boosting lotus cultivation in the village for nearly a decade as a group of farmers have been supplementing their … Read more

Farmers say extending fish culture will hit rice cultivation in pokkali fields

Farmers say extending fish culture will hit rice cultivation in pokkali fields

Farm workers arrive to prepare the field for pokkali farming at Kadamakudy near Kochi. The field used for shrimp farming switches to pokkali farming just ahead of the monsoon. | Photo Credit: THULASI KAKKAT The move to extend the time period for fish and shrimp farming up to April 30, under the guise of climate … Read more

Rabi cultivation reaches record extent of over 69 lakh acres in Telangana

Rabi cultivation reaches record extent of over 69 lakh acres in Telangana

Telangana has scaled a new high in the cultivation of Rabi (Yasangi) crops as they were raised on a record extent of nearly 69.24 lakh acres so far this agriculture year (2022-23), including paddy on about 53.71 lakh acres, which is also a record. Backed by favourable conditions such as ample water in projects for … Read more

Government plants seeds to grow exotic fruits here, discourage imports

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NEW DELHI: The government plans to introduce exotic varieties of apples, almonds, walnuts, grapes and date palm in India by importing seeds and saplings to help local growers and reduce imports. “These fruits originate in other countries but we consume in large quantities here. We have been growing these fruits but quality is a little … Read more