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Drought 2016
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Flood Tragedy
Remediating EC/pH of Irrigation Water
Participating in KISAN-2012 (Day 5)!
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Hydroponics
The Old Man And The Terrible Malady!
Self-sustenance in agricultural development for the long run!
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Hello, all!

Agriwisdom is my our YOUR blog for voicing your thoughts, opinion, angst… whatever… about matters concerning agricultural wisdom – be it technological, spiritual, intellectual, mundane, metaphysical … or just about any other flavor that you like!

As a practicing agritech consultant I have my fair share of experiences and anecdotes that I'll be sharing with you on this blog. I'll be talking about climate change one day and griping about the weather the next; the ground realities of dream programmes will be the subject of one post and the next post may be a true-life human interest story.

I am sure that you have that you have (thanks to Heinrich Scheffer, for pointing out that typo!) your own stories about agriculture and things related to down-to-earth human existence on a planet-scale. I'd love to have you as a contributor!

Maybe you think my post stinks… big possibility for that to be the case… hit me with your reaction and let's see what the other readers think! Discussion never hurts… I think!

When I say “agriculture” I don't restrict myself to just “till and plough”… the weather, the climate, the environment, the ecosystem, the governmental policies that affect our fundamental values and life style, social mindsets, education… all these and much more are factors related to, affecting, and springing from, agriculture as I see it.

Humanity and spirituality are closely linked to agriculture.

“We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.”

– Napoleon Hill


Agriculture is the definitive evolutionary step that raised man to human. No doubt ‘society’ pre–dated agriculture, but that was a society of marauders, looters, pillagers, hunters, or a society of wandering opportunists at best.

Agriculture brought stability to the lives of man, and this sense of stability introduced a sense of neighbourhood based on locality, a civic sense, that eventually developed to citizenship, nationality, patriotism, and all those concepts and values that are the hallmark of humanity.

My point is that humanity is a product of agriculture. So we should focus on agriculture to maintain our evolution to the next higher stage of human development. We usually talk of how the world is going to the dogs, of the good ol' days in contrast to the nowadays, of “What next, goodness alone knows!”. In case this is just conversational verbiage then ok, that's understandable; but if you're serious then I would say that a return to common-sense agriculture will have a salutary effect on the troubled times we find ourselves in.

I am not saying that agriculture is some sort of divine panacea. I mean that aggressive industrialization is responsible for most of the ills that plague us. Climate change especially, is a global phenomenon that is firmly rooted in the malpractices followed in the cause of industrialization. Climate change may not ring the death knell for the world in the immediate future, but it will certainly destroy the very fabric of human society as we know it.

The only way out of this bind is to de-industrialise ourselves, to adopt a more organic approach to life, to re-learn our sense of priorities, and to harmonise ourselves with the world we live in. Agriculture is the best way to do all this.

Agriculture makes one look at the earth as a generative entity. The earth does not mean just the soil – it means the ecosystem and the environment. This gives one a holistic approach to life, to the source and means of the very sustenance of life itself, and to livelihood. Right now, due to aggressive industrialization we have adopted an exploitative view of our natural resources. This is more or less the way we behaved before the advent of agriculture – in a way we are behaving just like our ancestors in pre–historic times did – like cave–men, hunters, and raiders.

Industrialisation and agriculture are 180° out of phase with each other. If industrialization is the disease then agriculture is the remedy, if industrialization is the poison then agriculture is the antidote.

To sidestep a bit – we see quite a lot of social dysfunctionality nowadays. The distance between generations is increasing by leaps and bounds. The generation gap ought to be renamed the “generation chasm”! Rapid technological interventions are isolating the vulnerable sections of society like never before. People are more likely to socialize over the cell-phone and over social networking sites rather than on a face-to-face basis. I am pretty sure that the readers of this post know what I am talking about! Texting is just as bad a virtue as telethoning for hours on end. I am not even going to mention the physiological problems associated with cradling the phone with the head contorted against the shoulder, or by lolling the head forward whilst composing those interminably long short messages!

Social dysfunctionality is not limited to the Simpsons – it is all around us. For example, we read of, hear of, and sometimes we witness, incidents of road rage. No, I am not blaming the cell phone for road rage; just pointing out a more–than–probable correlation between aggressive industrialization and the increase in social dysfunctionality.

As I see it, if climate change doesn't get us, social dysfunction will! And what is the solution? This time I'll say: “The answer, my friend, is a-growin' in the earth!” (With lots of appy–polly–loggies to Bob!)

Till next time, then…!
 
Avinash Dubey
Agro Vision Biotech Consultants
 
 


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Post ID: #13>          Date:  June 09, 2016
Drought 2016
Drought
Our country is facing widespread drought in many regions. One of those regions is Marathwada. It is public knowledge that the agriculturists of this region are staring down the barrel of drought for the third consecutive yer (2016). Not only the farmers, all the population are suffering from drought.
 
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Post ID: #12>          Date:  December 11, 2013
KISAN-2013, Here We Come!
Hello, folks!
Here we are at KISAN-2013!
This year our stall number is 609.
Another year has rolled by, and we have seen many ups and downs. There was a terrible tragedy at Uttarakhand earlier this year. And then there was a terrible cyclone that hit Odisha and adjoining states on the east coast.
 
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Post ID: #11>          Date:  June 26, 2013
Flood Tragedy
Friends,
The following is an article I came across just today. It is about the tragic events following torrential rains, floods, and landslides in the northern states of India.
My sincere condolences to the bereaved families.
Avinash Dubey
 
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Post ID: #10>          Date:  May 17, 2013
Remediating EC/pH of Irrigation Water
As a practising agritech consultant, I receive an average of 5 mails per month from clients complaining about the quality of the irrigation water. Most often the declining water table is the culprit. A close neck-and-neck runner for the top spot is heavy influx of harmful wastes from industrial activity in the vicinity. I have also noticed a vicious cycle of leaching of fertilizer salts into the subsoil water that gets recycled into the irrigation water via surface wells. In most cases this is a long-term problem. The farmer tries to live with the problem for as long as he can - he seeks help only when he finds the crops dying in front of him, by which time the situation is pretty drastic!  
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Post ID: #9>          Date:  December 16, 2012
Participating in KISAN-2012 (Day 5)!
KISAN-2012: Day 5
"Parting is such sweet sorrow," quoth the bard and, as usual, so right he was. Yes, we (the exhibitors and especially the nearby ones) have started bonding. And now we have to part! What a shame! Today, the last day of the exhibition, is a Sunday. So almost 90% of the visitors today are urban/semi-urban. 
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Post ID: #8>          Date:  December 15, 2012
Participating in KISAN-2012 (Day 4)!
KISAN-2012: Day 4
... and they kept rolling in, wave after wave, just like the surf on the strand! Today is the penultimate day of the exhibition. According to the organisers, today's attendance is the largest of this edition. We're just a little shy of 40 K visitors. Tomorrow's attendance is expected to cross 50K! Wow! And I see nothing that contradicts that expectation. 
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Post ID: #7>          Date:  December 14, 2012
Participating in KISAN-2012 (Day 3)!
KISAN-2012: Day 3
Day 3 dawned cold and misty! Brrr! I had hardly gone half a click in my putt-putt than I began to wish I had worn something warm, not shirt sleeves... but it was too late to turn back to the hotel to pick up a pullover - so I psyched myself to a state of virtual comfort saying to myself "Aaah! What a bracing morning! This is so healthy and invigorating! Wonderful weather!". 
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Post ID: #6>          Date:  December 13, 2012
Participating in KISAN-2012 (Day 2)!
KISAN-2012: Day 2
Day 1 didn't prepare me or my team for Day 2 - the footfalls on Day 2 are mind-boggling! The visitors to the exhibition came in continuous waves of humanity. They came by private transport, they came by public transport. They came in trailers jacked onto antediluvian tractors, they came in swanky new MUVs, SUVs, and XUVs. And then there were those who just foot-slogged it out from nearby villages. 
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Post ID: #5>          Date:  December 12, 2012
Participating in KISAN-2012 (Day 1)!
KISAN-2012: Day 1 Here I am participating in KISAN-2012, "India's Largest Agri-Show"! The venue of the exhibition is the International Exhibition Arena at Moshi (Chinchwad) just about 22 km from Pune in Maharashtra. Today is the first day of the exhibition. The inauguration was a spectacular show of local, rustic song and dance, accompanied by the release of hundreds of colorful gas balloons.
 
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Post ID: #4>          Date:  June 23, 2012
Hydroponics
A Modern, Efficient Cultivation Technique “Agriculture is the definitive evolutionary step that raised man to human. No doubt ‘society’ pre-dated agriculture, but that was a society of marauders, looters, pillagers, hunters, or a society of wandering opportunists at best. 
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Post ID: #3>          Date:  Oct 01, 2011
The Old Man And The Terrible Malady!
Friends and other enemies! I have come here to speak my 2 bits of mind. The good that you do is almost always a source of amusement to your near and dear ones. I once fell into the nauseously repugnant practice of helping my enemies. I did go in for psychiatric help and counselling but all to no avail.  
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Post ID: #2>          Date:  Oct 01, 2011
Self-sustenance in agricultural development for the long run!
Food (nutrition) is the backbone of all life - and humans are no exception! The very first step in our march towards civilization was the adoption of cultivation of food crops on permanent homesteads and farms. So, agriculture is the foundation of human society as we know it. After over 10,000 years of agriculture one would imagine that we'd be more than self-sufficient in food production a.k.a. agriculture. But sad to say, that just ain't the case! 
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Post ID: #1>          Date:  Oct 01, 2011
Welcome to my world!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to my blog! This blog is dedicated to all those who are concerned about Mother Ceres and Mother Gaia. Let me introduce myself… I’m a young entrepreneur operating in India. My main base of operation is Rajasthan. I have sizable operations in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, and Uttaranchal.  
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