Agriculture Current Affair 16 September 2020

CPCRI making efforts to achieve Aatmanirbhar Krishi vision, says Director

The Kasaragod-based Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) has initiated various programmes to achieve the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Krishi’, according to Anita Karun, Director (Acting) of CPCRI.

Inaugurating a virtual training programme on ‘Enterprise diversification in coconut sector’ for stakeholders from Karnataka, she said that the institute has announced outreach programmes to bring technologies for start-ups in the coconut sector.

How fertiliser is making climate change worse

The explosion that rocked Beirut last month, killing at least 190, was a grim echo of previous accidents caused by the explosive synthetic fertiliser, ammonium nitrate.

Tianjin, China, 2015: 173 dead. West, Texas, 2013: 15 dead. Toulouse, France, 2001: 31 dead. Such incidents go back at least as far as 1947, when 581 people were killed in Texas City, Texas. The substance can also be used with destructive intent, as was the case with the anti-government terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995.

Three tech institutions join hands to develop IoT-compatible sensors for agriculture

Three premier Indian technology institutions – IIT Bombay, Gauhati University and the Gandhinagar-based Dhirumbhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology – have joined hands to develop high-tech sensors for use in agriculture.

The use of sensors in agriculture is not entirely new. These tiny products, placed under the soil, detect parameters such as moisture and temperature and help fine-tune inputs for higher produce. Bosch, for example, has a suite of products for this purpose.

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