Vivian Fernandes

Articles By Vivian Fernandes

95 Articles

Mirzapur could wipe away India’s onion tears

The sandy loam of the Indo-Gangetic Plain is just right for onions as it drains well. A drive, thus, to encourage production in this belt could check onion price fluctuations.

Opinion News

Straw-man stands threaten crop stubble management

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) estimates that Punjab and Haryana produced 28 million tonnes of rice straw in 2018. 36% of it was left in the fields. A fifth was removed. The rest was burnt.

Stubble burning, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, SAFAR, air quality, Delhi, NCR, delhi air pollution  News

Seed-tech firms are looking to charge farmers on the basis of crop outcome 

Crop yield is influenced by the genetic traits of seeds, as also by factors like composition of the soil, organic matter, presence of beneficial microbes, moisture, temperature, nutrients, and crop protection measures.

Seed tech firm, farmer, crop outcome , harvest, Crop Science Division, US, Europe, Indian Agricultural Research Institute  News

Reaping riches from rice research

From developing varieties that don’t need flooding of fields to enriching the grain’s nutrient content, IRRI is making rice a wonder crop

rice production, Ayarate, rice variety, Green Revolution in rice, quality rice, Vitamin A, zinc, iron, IRRI, Direct Seeded Rice News

UP govt must take steps to manage diabetes during pregnancy

Men and non-expectant women are regarded as having diabetes if their blood glucose level is above 199mg/dl. If it is in the 139-199mg/dl range, they are in the pre-diabetes stage.

The threshold level above which blood sugar levels are considered abnormal is lower in pregnancy. News

Why India’s dalhan success will elude tilhan

Though palm oil has a high proportion of unhealthy saturated fats-45% compared to 6% in mustard oil-there is no way India can affordably meets its growing needs without relying on it.

india, annual import, annual export, edible oil, crude palm oil, sunflower oils, Soybean oil, Independence Day News

Agricultural growth needs warehousing reforms

Customers initially allowed him to do so, but when they realised he was gaining more than the warehouse rents, they renegotiated the contracts.

Opinion News

Back to basics with zero-budget natural farming

The back-to-basics leap must await the results of ZBNF trials being conducted under the aegis of ICAR and an investigation by a committee appointed by the NITI Aayog.

Opinion News

Satyagraha for GM technology: Who will compensate farmers for losses?

Government’s lack of accountability on GM crops is driving farmers to commit illegality, And risk monetary fines & prison sentences.

bt crop, agriculture sector, agriculture industry News

Dispelling falsehoods about GM crops

What India can learn from the Philippines, which set up a Biotech Program Office in 2000 to promote the responsible use of agri-biotechnology to sustain food security

Opinion News

Making contract farming suitable for farmers

Do farmers’ rights under PPVFR Act mean trading rights? The PepsiCo case could’ve decided this.

Opinion News

Farm production: Are we growing enough pulses?

We are moving towards self-sufficiency. The annual pulses production averaged 23.7 million tonnes in the past three years, an 80% increase over the average of the three-year period ending 2003-04. This was led by chickpea, wh

Farm production, pulses, Peter Carberry, ICRISAT, Support prices of pulses, pulses production, ICAR, kharif crops, Kabuli chana News

India’s silent chickpea revolution: How agri-scientists in Andhra Pradesh are resurrecting the crop

Once a winter favourite for farmers in North India, the crop lost ground there to wheat and rice. But, in Andhra Pradesh's hot climes, it is being ressurected by research efforts of agri-scientists.

The chickpea varieties cultivated in northern India thrived in cold winters and matured in about 150 days. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Has Punjab lost affinity for agricultural research?

In the last 10 years, there has been no significant representation from Punjab—India’s first Green Revolution state—to the Agricultural Research Service, nor have students from Punjab been well-represented at central ag

Opinion News

Govt policies have shrunk Mahyco’s ag-biotech research spending by 70%: Usha Barwale Zehr

Our goal is to develop products that farmers can plant. We have doubled up on research in molecular markers (that help select plants with desirable traits). We have also made significant investments in microbial seed treatmen

Opinion News

Merger of rail budget with main budget allows Railways avoid public scrutiny of failures

The Railways' operating ratio, or the share of expenditure in revenue, this year was 96.2%—2 ppt better than the year before, but a 3.4 ppt slip over the target of 92.8%. When this govt took over, the ratio was 94%.

indian railways News

Focus on science, not divine powers

Going by the agriculture ministry’s priorities, India will certainly need a yagya for sustainable development

science, divine powers News

Pro-GM journalist, not lobbyist – CSE gets it wrong on many fronts on GM content in food

Centre for Science and Environment deputy director-general Chandra Bhushan has, in his September 26 response ( to my article of September 10 (, said that I have “cast aspersions” on CSE’s s

Pro-GM, Pro-GM journalist, Centre for Science and Environment, Chandra Bhushan, genetically-modified News

Chrolophile: Can canola displace wheat in Punjab?

The global prices of canola do not favour domestic producers despite the high import duty of 50%

Chrolophile, canola, wheat , punjab, Gobisarson Canola-7, Mustard, MSP, Brassica juncea, GSC-7, Raya Ludhiana Canola-3 News

The truth behind genetically modified food imports in India

CSE is wrong—import of GM food is allowed, and it isn’t unregulated. The GEAC IS Empowered to regulate Such Imports.

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There is a regulatory vaccum in GM food, says CEO of FSSAI

In a study released in the last week of July, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) says it tested 65 food products and found 21 of them testing positive for material from genetically-engineered (GE) plants.

Opinion News

Oil’s well with Mission Mustard? Rapeseed-mustard holds the most promise for reducing India’s dependence on edible oil imports

Rapeseed-mustard holds the most promise for reducing India’s dependence on edible oil imports … The question is whether Mission Mustard can help achieve this. The edible oil industry has its task cut out.

agriculture, oil News

Centre cracks down on illegal HT cotton

It has advised cotton-growing states—except those that also grow tea—to ban the sale of the herbicide glyphosate, to curb unapproved herbicide-tolerant cotton.

Opinion News

Chlorophile: Towards cooking oil self-sufficiency

Sorry Ramesh Chand, protectionism cannot salvage India’s edible oil economy

SEA, import duties on edible oils, NITI Aayog, Ramesh Chand, TMO, NDDB, STC, WTO News

What ails farming – Very few people practise agriculture voluntarily

Officials see every scheme as a profit-making opportunity. Subsidised seed is sold at a mark-up to the printed price.

indian farming, agriculture, crop loss compensation, practising agriculture News

The Delhi High Court order on patenting on GM traits is confidence-shattering

In a setback to Mahyco Monsanto Biotech, a division bench of the Delhi High Court has held that it cannot patent its genetically-modified Bollgard I and Bollgard II technologies and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act will apply

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Chlorophile: New cattle trade rules are a welcome rethink

The draft rules provide for a committee to prevent cruelty. It comprises of eight core members and three optional ones, but the owner of a cattle market is not among them. It will certify the markets and determine their maxim

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