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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - A detailed article published in the Agriculture World

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 14 Nov 2019 | Category : Agriculture

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - A detailed article published in the Agriculture World November 2019 issue. 

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The drought is here again – Lets get our Act together

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 6 Jan 2017 | Category : Nature

There is no use beating around the bush, so lets come to the point straight. Drought in a water blessed state like Kerala, is not a situation, nor is it a calamity, its a Shame.

This year we have had deficit rains, the IMD Director says it is 34% less from the South-West Monsoon, and if the North-East also fails us, we would have a “drought-like” situation. Infact, the Kerala Assembly even discussed this, and declared Kerala as drought hit. But what does this deficit mean in actual numbers – 1352.3 mm of rain instead of the predicted 2039.7 mm. Now, Kerala with an annual average rainfall of 3107 mm actually has a mind-boggling quantity of water pouring down on it as rain. That is estimated to be 7030 crore cubic metre (7030,00,00,000 cubic metre), which is actually on an average more than 20 lakh litre per head per year. On an average each person need about 100 litres per day, and that would mean just 36,500 litres per capita per year. This actually comes to less that 2% of the available rain water. Put in simple terms,  we only need to trap and store about 2% of the total rain poured down on us every year for direct human household use.

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Think waste

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 24 Dec 2016 | Category : Waste Management

As a community known to clean conscious, we have quite strangely messed up our handling of discards so much that the State Government had to actually float a major campaign flagship project for reinstating the paradigm back into the minds of the people Haritha Keralam under Nava kerala Mission

But that is todays story. and this is a story that may eventually end up as another well meaning but miserably tragin one. And that is because the script could soon be rewritten by skeptics of this state - the elite, upward and west moving Malayali, contributing so much to global thinking, but stuck with local inaction!

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The bogey of Food Security

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 23 Apr 2016 | Category : Agriculture

Lets start with the Food & Agriculture Organisation(FAO) (1999) definition of Food Security -  “Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, to meet the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” 

When we talk of food security, we generally ask – Are we producing enough? But, we tend to ignore whether this food is “physically and economically” being accessed by all. Here lies the first issue related to food security – making it available to all, including the poor and the hungry, even if they cannot pay for it. Next comes “sufficient, safe and nutritious” food. Are we sure, the food that we get through our Public Distribution System (PDS) or the private markets is safe and nutritious? Has all our efforts to increase food production through  “Grow More Food” or “Green revolution” improved its nutrition and safety? Clearly, after the Green Revolution and modernisation& ... read full article

Kerala – Land without a Land Policy

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 21 Jan 2016 | Category : Development

Kerala is a state, where everything looks good on paper and the screaming flex boards, that claim the fast, furious, far-reaching changes effected by Government after Government. The impact and benefit on the ground, especially on resource use and management is a special cause for worry, since a quick data and ground check will show a very bleak picture. A much discussed Land Policy is in the draft state for nearly 7 years now !. Submitted in 2009, the draft, a critically acclaimed policy document, that covers most aspects of the land use policy and strategies needed to effect a proper planning, use, management and conservation of land and its related resources, has not even been put up for discussion in public fora. ... read full article

Safe Farms, Safe Homes…(turning back before we hit the COLLAPSE…)

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 31 Jul 2014 | Category : Agriculture

Every time I talk to someone about the COLLAPSE…whether it’s caused by climate change or the deteriorating health of the human race or the degrading environment around the developing and consuming world, I hear one of these responses: ... read full article

Trivandrum Master Plan – A “Cement and Mortar” Plan camouflaged in green

By Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan On 31 May 2013 | Category : Development

The Draft Master Plan for Trivandrum’s development, being discussed now, is a complete “cement-and-mortar” plan camouflaged in a green dressing. Drafted by town planners and engineers, with no civic participation, it is at best a classical formula for shaving of the last remaining green patches within the city, and converting it into a jungle of ce ... read full article