First International Agro-biodiversity Congress held at New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently inaugurated the first International Agro-biodiversity Congress at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The event was organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Biodiversity International to discuss conservation of genetic resources. What is meant by Agro-biodiversity? Agro-biodiversity is defined as the variety and variability of animals, plants and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture. Agro-biodiversity is a vital sub-set of Continue Reading

Dragon Fruit farming in Rajasthan

Rajasthan State government is trying to integrate traditional agriculture with allied forms of farming. Fruit cultivation is a major focus area and the government aims to double area under fruit cultivation in the next five years. Working on the line, researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Agriculture (CoEA) in Jaipur hope to start transfer of dragon fruit saplings by this fiscal-end to farmers. Dragon fruit or Pitaya is native Continue Reading

Date Palm farming in Rajasthan

Rajasthan government aspires to double farmers income by 2022 through new initiatives like organic farming and cultivation of horticulture crops like Olives, Citrus fruits and Date Palm. With agriculture in the state being primarily rain-fed, especially in the arid Western and Northern regions, the Rajasthan government has been encouraging farmers to cultivate exotic plant species like olive, jojoba, dragon fruit and date palms that need comparatively less water and have potential Continue Reading