More than half of people in agriculture areas face water scarcity, says FAO

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Available freshwater resources per person have declined by more than 20 percent over the past two decades globally, underscoring the importance of producing more with less, especially in the agriculture sector, the world’s largest user of water, the Food and Agriculture Agency said in a report. More than three billion people live in agricultural areas […]

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India’s Jal Jeevan Mission scheme provides drinking water to 26 million families: PM Modi

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More than 26 million families have been provided with piped drinking water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission in the past one and a half years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while laying the foundation stone for rural drinking water supply projects in the two districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP). The projects are expected to be completed in the next two years. The […]

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Need to shift from rice to millet cultivation to deal with India’s water crisis – official

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Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said there is a need to shift from rice to millet cultivation to reduce high water consumption.   Millets are nutritious and rich in micro nutrients, particularly protein and calcium, and they must be used in safety net schemes for women and children to reduce high water consumption, he said in […]

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More states coming forward to adopt ‘Climate Resilient Villages’ model, says DG ICAR

BY RITWIK SINHA The adverse impact of climate changes on Indian agriculture is increasingly becoming visible with delayed rainfall or excessive rainfall resulting in demand-supply imbalance of several commodities in the domestic market in the recent times. To deal with the vagaries triggered by unpredictable weather conditions, the Ministry of Agriculture has resorted to promotion […]

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Report on curbing cane farming in parched Marathawada to be submitted to Maharashtra CM

Farmers in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region need to be weaned away from water-intensive crops such as sugarcane because of recurring droughts and water scarcity, a state government official has said in a draft report, reports Financial Express. Aurangabad divisional commissioner Sunil Kendrekar told Financial Express that he is giving final touches to a report on measures […]

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India faces worst long-term water crisis in history, says government think tank

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India faces the worst long-term water crisis in its history as demand outstrips supply and millions of lives and livelihoods could be at risk, said a think tank chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its White Paper. By 2030, water demand is projected to be double the supply, implying severe scarcity for hundreds of […]

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Too much uranium in India’s groundwater, research finds

Uranium, known for its radioactive properties, has been found in predominant quantities in India’s groundwater across 16 states. This is the first time that the extent of uranium present in the country’s groundwater has been evaluated. The study, conducted by researchers of Duke University, North Carolina, USA, suggests that human factors serve as a catalyst taking natural uranium […]

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