agriculture

Gas Shortages Risk Reversing Ambitious Push to Expand Pakistan’s Forests

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio ISLAMABAD, June 12 – Each winter, a familiar sight crops up in Islamabad and the nearby bustling city of Rawalpindi: people queuing outside firewood shops, waiting their turn to fill bags or plastic baskets with wood to burn when their household gas supply is disrupted. Gas shortages are increasingly

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Tulips Bloom in Kashmir as Indian Farmers Discover Flower Power

By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, June 1 – As soon as his son graduated from college, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Dar asked him to take care of the family flower business in Kral Sangri, near Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir. “I knew it would be a waste of time for him to search for a

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India’s Farmers At Risk As States Bypass Land Acquisition Laws: Activists

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 7 – States across India are bypassing land acquisition laws by introducing land pooling schemes to speed up industrial and development projects, a move that activists say leaves farmers and the environment vulnerable. Land pooling enables the quick consolidation of small land holdings. Land owners get back a share of

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The New Environment-Friendly C4 Rice

Scientists are genetically modifying rice to withstand the ravages of climate change According to the International Rice Research Institute, each hectare of land (about 2.5 acres) used to cultivate rice in Asia provides food for 27 people. By 2050, that same hectare will need to feed 43 people. Read more: http://newsweekme.com/grain-elevator/ Social Streams

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Armed Guards Protect Last Water in Drought-Parched Indian City

By Shuriah Niazi TIKAMGARH, India, May 9 – Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir to prevent farmers from siphoning the remaining water for irrigation. With rainfall in Tikamgarh district this year 52 percent below average – the second dry year for the area

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Syrian Food Crisis Deepens as War Chokes Farming

By Maha El Dahan ABU DHABI/HASAKA, Syria, April 26 – Syria’s war has destroyed agricultural infrastructure and fractured the state system that provides farmers with seeds and buys their crops, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country struggling to produce enough grain to feed its people. The country’s shortage of its main staple wheat is

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Egypt Bans Domestic Trading of Imported Wheat

CAIRO, April 6 – Egypt has banned the trading of imported wheat inside the country, Supply Minister Khaled Hanafi said on Wednesday, a move which could reduce smuggling of the grain that cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars last year. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, annually fixes a local procurement price for

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Gaza’s Pesky Pesticides

Produce in strip isn’t what it used to be—but residents have no choice but to buy what is available to them BY Sami Abu Salem In Jabalia market, north of Gaza City, Mohammed Okasha, 42, moves between the stalls of vegetables wearily inspecting piles of tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes and other vegetables. Okasha suspects that the products

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Cuba: When the Cows Come Home

From toothpaste to toilet paper, shortages are common in Cuba. But as the country warms to capitalism—and the U.S.—that may change. A prime example: Beef By Taylor Wofford with Hannah Berkeley Cohen in Havana Every time Gator ejaculated, Dan Marvel grossed 10 grand. At the time of his death last year, the bull was a ton and a half of

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Modi’s New Growth Recipe: Just Add Water

By Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj KONDHANE/NEW DELHI, March 16 – Like his father before him, Dattatatraya Kshirsagar, 80, has been looking forward for years to the day when a $65 million dam will be completed in his village, an hour-and-a-half drive southeast of Mumbai. The dam would supply enough water to irrigate 1,000 hectares

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