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Israel to set up centres of excellence in Bihar: for cultivation of fruits and vegetables

Bihari mangos: boost to horticulture New Delhi/Patna: according to reports, Israel is planning to open two centres of excellence at Nalanda and Vaishali in Bihar in the field of vegetable and mango cultivation respectively to help cultivators increase productivity. In these centres, Israeli agricultural experts along with local farm scientists would impart knowhow of the latest technology to growers to help them raise their production levels, Ohad Horsandi, Israeli Embassy spokesman, told the press recently. “Bihar has fertile land and grows fruits like mango, litchi, banana and various... 

Report is ready: river linking in Bihar ?

    River linking: for better or worse? Patna: An ambitious project to mitigate flood damage in Bihar has taken a major step forward with a central agency finalising the detailed project report for linking four intra-state rivers which would help protect three districts from floods. The multi-purpose project, which envisages diversion of 492 cumecs of flood water from Burhi Gandak river to Baya/Ganga river, would also augment irrigation of over a lakh hectares of farmland. DPR, prepared by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), is a crucial step in the process of interlinking... 

West Champaran farmer’s Basmati rice heading for export markets

  Basmati plant: promising produce Patna: The Don region of Champaran is famous for producing a wide range of aromatic rice because of its rare soil and soothing climate. But the one developed by Sushil Chhapolia is said to be better in terms of aroma and flavour. The rice has been developed on the “zero budgeting system”. Instead of using any chemical fertiliser during cultivation, entrepreneur Chhapolia has taken help of gau-mutra (cow’s urine), milk and mattha (curd blend) for growing the aromatic basmati rice. The rice is grown on a three-acre farm in Silvatia Bagro village under... 

Muzaffarpur gets a fertilizer plant: Indo-Gulf Fertilizer enters Bihar

  Agri industry: Bihar farmers to benefit Muzaffarpur: according to reports, the Indo-Gulf Fertilizer Company from the A B Birla Group will start a Rs 18-crore compact fertilizer plant at Bela Industrial Estate during the current financial year and start production from next year. According to the executive director of Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA), Akhilanand the company will manufacture composite fertilizer according to suitability and requirement of soil and crops in Bihar. Farmers will not have to collect different fertilizers from different places for their crops.... 

‘Bihar will lead second green revolution’, they say: without regular power supply?

  Bihar: is green revolution round the corner? Patna: on the same day when Bihar has declared 33 of its districts to be drought-affected, the state got some good news and encouragement from a central minister and a top bureaucrat. The question is whether it is all rhetoric or substance since the regular supply of electricity to the villages is what will lend substance to the dream. Soon Bihar will become Punjab and second green revolution will start from these areas, said Dr Ashok Gulati, chairman, Commission for Agriculture Cost & Price at the 3rd Crop Summit held in Bihar. With the... 

Bihar loses Rs. 10,700 crore annually for lack of cold chain: Assocham estimate!

  Cold chain: after good roads! New Delhi: it seems all the stories on Bihar’s development head one single way- to power. If shortage of power is a bad enough handicap for industries and agriculture, you may add storage as one more issue. Lack of storage for perishables is of course something we may talk about only as the roads in Bihar have become far better and numerous, allowing for the rapid movement of goods and people. the news is – Bihar incurs a post-harvest fruits and vegetable loss of over Rs. 10,700 crore annually, apex industry body Assocham said on Tuesday. “Gujarat... 

Bihar organic farm products go global: in Sohdih, Nalanda

  Okra: the organic strategy! Nalanda: Farmers of a village in Bihar’s Nalanda district are planning to go global. Potatoes, pumpkins, garlics, chillis and ladyfingers, among other vegetables, produced in Sohdih village are all set to make their way to kitchens in Europe. The farmers are eyeing to export organic vegetables to Britain, France, Germany and other European Union countries after their village was awarded the prestigious C3 certificate by the Ecocert, France-based inspection and certification body. The organic vegetable growers in this village are overjoyed as theirs is the... 

Kaimur model of development offers hope for Bihar

   By T N Jha Vegetable export: Kaimur Bihar, of late, has been the focal point of national debate, inflamed largely by the political heat generated by MNS led tirade against Bihari immigrants in Mumbai. This seems to be gaining and becoming pan-Indian, as, reportedly, in other parts of the country as well, the non-acceptance of Bihari workers is getting further momentum. This, on the flick side of it, has certainly aroused Bihari sentiments and sub- nationalism across all those living in or out of Bihar, which historically remained, more as a sequel to colonial legacies, deeply divided and... 

Batras [बतरस]:Why agricultural productivity remains low in Bihar: a tale from the ground!

by Ratnakar Tripathy Why agricultural productivity remains low in Bihar is by itself a clichéd question carrying an air of obviousness. The big landlord is either dormant or has better things to do than agriculture, a job in Patna for example. His sharecroppers are too uncertain about their land-holdings to invest seriously. When they are willing, they don’t have the knowhow or the resources. Those willing may also have too small a piece of land to take a risk or make a difference. In brief, it’s a vicious circle that no land reform based on redistribution may be able to solve. To put it... 

East Champaran: farmers now growing flowers for cash income!

Flowers for cash income: E. Champaran! Motihari:  The cliche in this part of Bihar is – if you want cash, plant sugarcane in your fields. With the revival of numerous sugar factories in Bihar and a supply chain reaching Uttar Pradesh, this has indeed worked of late. But there are other alternatives too – Mehasi in Champaran is fast turning into the Lychee capital of the country. And now with the news of floriculture catching up, more avenues seem open. With farmers shifting to flower cultivation in a big way, East Champaran, from where Mahatama Gandhi tested the potential of satyagraha... 
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