Sowing the Seeds of a Solar Power Revolution via Agro Photovoltaics

A unique model of collocating food and fuel is being explored at the upper echelons of India’s renewable energy sector. Agro Photovoltaics (APV) involves solar panels being installed at a certain height above existing cropland. Ankur discusses the potential of APVs and the way to move ahead with it.

Effective Tackling of Micronutrient Deficiency Through Kitchen Gardens

Melghat, in Maharashtra suffers from chronic malnutrition stemming out of micronutrient deficiency. In this policy memo Prutha Pandharkame suggests the use of Kitchen Gardens as a way to tackle micronutrient deficiency.

Data on sugarcane in Maharashtra after floods shows why accurate assessment is critical

The August 2019 floods in Maharashtra unleashed massive damage (SANDRP 2019), especially sugarcane and crops pertaining to horticulture. Sugarcane was planted over 1.52 lakh hectares in Kolhapur and 95, 827 hectares in Sangli, according to the state’s sugar directorate. Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara — the top three sugarcane-producing districts in the state — witnessed submerged fields…

Lighting up the fields: How electricity can help irrigation

Over the years, inaccurate estimations of electricity consumption have led to untargeted approaches being applied to optimise power sector “The entire idea of agriculture has changed now. We (farmers) are burdened with water shortage, climatic inconsistencies and slashed electricity subsidies. Even then, our fields are only our responsibility,” said Ashok Patil, a farmer from Shirol…