JAN 2021
Special Report
Paddy Straw: A Win-Win Fuelx

Burning of paddy straw has been identified as one of the major causes of pollution in India. Anita Khuller says burning paddy straw in power plant boilers, and not fields, is a viable option because, for the past few years, various institutions and departments have been encouraging the use of paddy straw for the generation of electricity, and more recently, for the production of ethanol, biodiesel and bio-CNG.

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Agrochemicals: The Problem is Overuse and Unnecessary Use

One of the most pressing charges against the agrochemicals sector is that it is harmful for humans, animals, and environment. Agrochemical residues in fruits and vegetables, as claimed, have caused adverse reactions while overuse of fertilizers have robbed off the soil of its nutrients. Moreover, spraying chemical solutions is claimed to be one of the reasons behind farmers dying of poisoning. This piece is not about denouncing the claims—though insignificant in numbers, all situations have examples. What is more important is to find out why an essential agriculture input component, used by scores of other farmers all over the world, is being vilified in a country that takes pride in being agrarian—the only sector to be able to tide over the debilitating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—and where agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about  58 per cent of its population.[1]


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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India's CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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