Biofortification-To Overcome Malnutrition

By: Dr. Shweta, Deptt. of Genetics & Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Sr. Associate Editor-ICN KANPUR: Biofortification is the process by which the nutritional quality of food crops is improved for a feasible and cost-effective means of delivering micronutrients to populations that may have limited access to diverse diets and other micronutrient interventions.This is agriculture-based method of addressing micronutrient deficiency through plant breeding works.All over the world people in farm households in developing countries are now growing and co mmmnsuming biofortified crops.  Micronutrient deficiencies afflict quite 2 billion people, or one in…

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Facts Of The Matter, Flowers & Honey Bee Therapies

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh, Associate Editor-ICN Utilities of Flowers NEW DELHI: Few tips on how to rejuvenate yourself amidst flowers and exotic herbs.The therapeutic properties of flowers like Rose, Hibiscus, Jasmine, etc. are being used to develop the treatments keeping in mind their cooling, balancing and toning, etc. properties. Rose Flower Therapies The properties of the rose help our skin and senses. Acting as an excellent aphrodisiac, it is anti-depressive, its odour and chemical properties calm, balance and provides joy. It is not only beautiful and seductive, it’s lightly toning and…

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Health Benefits Of Flax Seed Or Linseed

By: Prof. R K Yadav, Dean, College of Agriculture, Lakhimpur Kheri Campus C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Executive Editor-ICN Group KANPUR: Linseed or flax seed was cultivated Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that the passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. In general, there exist two common cultivars of flax; one is predominantly grown for its oil seeds and the other variety for fiber. Seed flax generally features brown, and yellow or golden-yellow…

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Biotechnological Advances in Agriculture

By: Prof. R K Yadav, Dean, College of Agriculture, Lakhimpur Kheri Campus C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Executive Editor-ICN Group KANPUR: Agriculture production in India has increased considerably during the last five decades largely due to the development and large scale cultivation of high-yielding dwarf varieties of rice and wheat, and greater applications of water and nutrients. This increase in food production has made India self-sufficient and contributed tremendously to food security. However, the population expected to reach 1.8 billion in 2050 will impose great demand for increased food…

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The Potential Progress Of Agritourism

By: Subhashini, Asstt. Editor-ICN  NEW DELHI: I would like to start this post by sharing one of my personal experiences with you. Once during Dussehra vacations (in October), my grandfather’s cousin invited us to visit his village, which is in the Kanpur dehat district. I was the least interested one for this trip, but since my cousins were also there, I thought this might turn out to be something fun. We reached there around two in the afternoon and the lunch was ready for us. When I was served pumpkin that…

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THE WORLD OF AGRITOURISM

By: Subhashini, Asstt. Editor-ICN The small landholders are the most precious part of a state- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States NEW DELHI: Agricultural tourism or Agri-tourism has been a widely discussed topic since the last 15-20 years. However, what I believe is that this phenomenon has been a part of our economy since thousands of years in many different forms. Agritourism is the idea of bringing urban residents to rural areas for leisure travel and spending. In today’s world, where the mechanization has expanded many-fold, people seem to have lost touch…

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Quality Protein Maize: A Solution for Nutritional Security

By: Prof. R K Yadav (Deptt of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Executive Editor-ICN Group KANPUR: Maize (Zea mays), known in some English speaking countries as corn. In India, maize ranks 3rd after rice and wheat. Maize grown throughout the country ranging from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Improving nutritional quality of agricultural crops is a noble goal. Improving nutritional quality in cereal crops is particularly important as the benefits can easily spread to hundreds of millions of people in a most rapid and effective manner without changing…

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Impact of Plant Biotechnology in Crop Improvement

By: Prof. R. K. Yadav, Deptt. of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S.Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech.,Kanpur & Executive Editor-ICN Group KANPUR: Plant organ, tissue and cell culture procedures have developed rapidly in the last half-century. The potential application of the methods of tissue culture are of special significance in crop improvement since conventional methods involve several difficulties, including heterozygosity and a long span between successive generations, hence many investigators are devising methods whereby tissue culture could be fully exploited to improve crop varieties. The role of tissue culture in crop…

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Agrarian Crises and Farmer Suicides

By: Shivani Pachori & Akhilesh Dhar “We would rather blame it on the British who robbed India of its resources, but, even after 71 years of Independence; we have failed to provide basic facilities like water and electricity to the poor farmers forget about helping them with money during the phase of failed crop”.  India, the world’s largest democracy and extensive agrarian country with around 70% of its people depending directly or indirectly upon agriculture and it contributes to 16-17% of the GDP. India is a luminary land for agriculturist…

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Biotechnological Advances In Agriculture

By: Prof. R K Yadav (Deptt of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Executive Editor-ICN Group) KANPUR: Agriculture production in India has increased considerably during the last five decades largely due to the development and large scale cultivation of high-yielding dwarf varieties of rice and wheat, and greater applications of water and nutrients. This increase in food production has made India self-sufficient and contributed tremendously to food security. However, the population expected to reach 1.8 billion in 2050 will impose great demand for increased food production.…

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