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30 Mar

Banking on seeds of the past, for climate change, for the future: Jayashree B

March 2017:  For over 500 farm families of Kumta, in Dharward district, Karnataka, getting a video conference view of the stage function in another location was a unique experience. More important was the reason they came together – the unique rice variety known as ‘Kagga’ that shimmered in the foreground of the stage.

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13 Mar

The Joy of Holi: Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, March 13, 2017: Today is celebrated as Holi in North India.  Holi marks the harvest festival and is accompanied by special dances like Bhangra. This year the wheat harvest promises to be very good because of favourable temperature and climatic conditions. Holi is a symbol of the important role agriculture plays in our life and economy. Let the joy of Holi spread throughout the country so that our farm families who constitute nearly two thirds of the population benefit from favourable climate, agriculture technologies, public policies and markets.

 

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07 Mar

Saving Women from occupational hazards : An area of serious neglect - Prof M S Swaminathan

Chennai, March 07, 2017: On International Women’s Day, there will be discussions all over the world on methods of promoting gender equity and justice. Particular attention will be paid to the technological empowerment of women and also to elimination of gross discrepancies in recognition such as fellowship of scientific academies, and higher positions in the world of science and education.  I would like to draw attention to the urgent need for addressing issues relating to occupational hazards in gender specific activities.

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