Monsoon showers bring 50% more water for rabi crops
CHANDIGARH: The rabi crops of wheat, oilseed, pulses and perishables are likely to show higher yields across the country this season due to improved availability of water across 120 key reservoirs monitored by the Central Water Commission after above normal monsoon rains.
The availability of water for the crucial months of dry winter is 50% more than last year and 40% more than the average of the last ten years due to spurt in rains since August, officials said.
The current live water storage capacity stands at 137.125 billion cubic meters compared to 91.34 bcm a year ago. This is 81% of the total live storage level capacity, 150% of the year-ago level, and 139% of storage of average of last ten years, Jain said.
The water storage in reservoirs is more than the last year in states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Nagaland, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh ,Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Rains have been 40-70% higher than normal in October, November and December in north, south and central parts of the country, as per data of the Indian Meteorological Department.
Farmers, Rural India to be Prime Focus in 107th Indian Science Congress
The much-awaited 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) is going to start from January 3-7 in Bengaluru with the prime focus on the growth of farmers and development of rural India, an official said on Monday. As per reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the national event and Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers” Welfare Kailash Choudhary will open the farmer’s science congress on January 6.
As per reports, a total of 120 innovative farmers has been selected to participate in the event by the New Delhi-based Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and UAS, from 11 zones across the country, with 10 of them from each zone and 20 from the south zone.
Fond Remembrance of Ayya Nammalvar
As We remember and commemorate 6 years of the great Nammalvar, the great inspiration since 1977, the outstanding proponent of agroecology and pioneer of sustainable agriculture in Tamil Nadu. Vanagam /Nammalvar Ecological Foundation cordially invite all to join in for Ayya Nammlavar’s Commemoration on January 1/ 2020, 10 am onwards. The function will be presided by Meena Nammlavar. The special invites are Dr Debal Deb, Ecologist and Seed Saver, Basudha Farm, Kolkatta, Rama Subramaniyan, Dharma institute, Chennai and Dr Janakirajan, Profesor, Chennai.