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Jan 21, 2020, 11.40 PM IST

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Government pushes for zaid crops to mitigate Kharif deficit

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  • Live water storage in reservoirs in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu is 76% of their capacity of 52.8 bcm as of this week, according to CWC. The storage was 48% of capacity a year ago while the 10-year average is 54%.

    Imported onions have started arriving. About 1,160 tonne has reached India. Additional 10,560 tonne of shipments are expected to arrive in the next 3-4 days Both red and yellow onions have been imported from Turkey, Egypt and Afghanistan. The shipments are landing at Mumbai port, the official said.

    By 2030, 700 million people could be displaced because of intense water shortage, according to the UN.

    Warragamba Dam is located 65km west of Sydney, catching water flowing from the mountains. It is at 44.8% capacity, down from almost being full less than three years ago, as a prolonged drought ravages the continent's east. With more than 40 dams across the state, WaterNSW supplies two-thirds of untreated water to the state’s water utilities.

    No yellow rust has been reported across the wheat-sown area.

    In crop year 2018-19, farm profits jumped 26% on-year over a low base of the preceding year (2017-18), which had seen per-hectare profits decline due to low mandi prices following a bumper crop. The outlook for this year is muted in comparison, though a rise in mandi prices for kharif and higher productivity for rabi crop would lend support to overall profitability.

    The decade that’s knocking on our doors now — the 2020s — is likely to be a time when science fiction manifests itself in our homes and roads and skies as viable, everyday technologies. Cars that can drive themselves. Meat that is derived from plants. Robots that can be fantastic companions — both in bed and outside.

    This Hyderabad-based startup has developed an atmospheric water generator that can be the panacea to our water scarcity woes.

    The central government's spending on the rural sector has increased 21% in the first seven months of fiscal 2020, the fastest growth in 11 years. All these factors, the unusually strong water reservoir levels and pick-up in rabi crop sowing activity, are initial signs pointing toward the rural sector bottoming out, Motilal Oswal says.

    The recycled water is so clean that the experts had to add salt to it.

    Climate change is now messing with the monsoon, making seasonal rains more intense and less predictable. Decades of shortsighted policies by the government is leaving millions defenceless in the age of climate disruptions. The rains this year did nothing to solve the community’s drinking water shortage, first, it was too less then too much.

    Expressing concern over the fast depleting water table, Singh underlined the need to prioritise less water consuming crops, beginning with maize and cotton.

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