US scientists are trying to develop wheat strains resistant to a fungus that has spread from Africa to Iran, and is likely to show up soon in India and Pakistan. The 'Ug99' fungus, also known as 'stem
rust', is likely to spread world-wide, either through windblown spores or carried inadvertently by people
A 'time bomb' for world wheat crop,Karen Kaplan,The Times, June 14, 2009

After the initial discussions, I paid a visit to his farm and realised that though the basic infrastructure such as cement tanks were ready, he lacked the technical skill,” says Dr. Tun Tun.Accordingly Dr. Tun Tun prepared a detailed project. “More than my technical inputs, the dedication and strong determination in Mr. Bipin’s attitude made his enterprise a success,” says Dr. Tun Tun. With an initial capital of Rs. 30,000, Mr. Bipin started rearing fish fries in half acre ground area and got a net income of Rs.50,000 in a year.
Timely application of technical skill can provide a windfall
by M.J.Prabhu, The Hindu, 05 February, 2009
The jinn of the insect-killer Bt gene is now out and cannot be reined in. Ways and means are now available for farmers to use Bt toxin to protect their crops from boll-worms without using the controversial transgenic seeds that are being developed by multinational companies at huge costs and being frowned upon by the green lobby. Indeed, farmers can now by-pass the fastidious Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC), which, for fear of environmental activists, is delaying granting permission to the genetically modified (GM) seeds containing this toxin-producing gene obtained from omnipresent soil bacteria Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). The Nagpur-based Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed a simple contraption to enable farmers to produce Bt toxin on their own.
Gene-based pest control
by Surinder Sud, The Business Standard, 01 July, 2003
To be implemented in 46 farm universities, including four in Karnataka, from 2009 academic session, the new syllabi and its implementation plan will be discussed threadbare at a meeting of the agricultural university vice chancellors on February 16 and 17.“New areas of specialisations like the World Trade Organisation-related issues, climate change and biotechnology have been introduced,” S P Tiwari, deputy director general (education) at the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) told Deccan Herald. The new syllabi on 83 PG courses, to come into effect in July, is based on a 20-month long exercise involving 1000 farm scientists.A 2500-page report spelling out the details was submitted to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
Farm universities to have new PG syllabi
by , The Deccan Herald, 11 February, 2009
Agricultural scientists cannot go on patting their backs for the success of green revolution to justify their failure to meet the challenges of the post green revolution era. They have been lauded enough for their role in the great saga of green revolution. Many of them, who led the team effort in the past, have been decorated and awarded. It is now time to hold others accountable for the great lapse, for their failure to save thousands of farmers from sure death. If the spate of farmers? suicides doesn?t motivate the scientific community to re-orient its research priorities, isn?t it time to question the need for massive annual expenditure on maintaining the white elephant ? ICAR? Why should the tax-payers? hard-earned money be used for funding research activities which can be better undertaken by private companies? After all, if other ?temples? of modern India can be disinvested, what is so sacrosanct about ICAR?
Reorienting priorities : Agricultural research in the country a colossal failure
by Devinder Sharma, Deccan Herald, 11 July, 2003