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Organic Foods: The New Revolution

The choice of going organic with your menu is getting easier and easier. In a way, the trend is somewhat ironic in a country like India, which had been growing a lot of its food organically, just a few decades ago. In the last decade, the organic food sector has seen immense growth, with a […]

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No more pesticides: How Keralas kitchen-garden revolution is taking on tainted veggies

A silent revolution unfolded in the backyards, terraces, poly-houses, road-sides and even in the balconies of Kerala homes, with small scale organic farming undertaken by ordinary housewives and husbands and even school children. For the last few years, Kerala has seen a lot of debate on the influx of pesticide-sprinkled vegetables from neighbouring states. Malayalis […]

Natural farming is always better: Dave

New Delhi, Aug 12 () Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave today stuck a note of caution over using genetically modified crops, saying one particular scientific process should not be given preference and asserted that natural farming is “always better”. “We should not stick to one particular scientific process of producing better seeds. Basically Indian […]

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Consider Millets in PDS: Maneka Writes to Paswan

New Delhi: Underlining the need for natural and nutritious food, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi wants millets to be introduced in the Public Distribution System. Gandhi has shot off a letter to Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan to consider introducing millets of every kind into […]

Natural farming is always better: Dave

New Delhi, Aug 12 Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave today stuck a note of caution over using genetically modified crops, saying one particular scientific process should not be given preference and asserted that natural farming is “always better”. “We should not stick to one particular scientific process of producing better seeds. Basically Indian scientists […]

Indian farmers cotton on to new seed, in blow to Monsanto

In a tiny hamlet at the heart of the cotton belt in northern India, Ramandeep Mann planted Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt cotton seed for over a decade, but that changed after a whitefly blight last year. Mann’s 25-acre farm in Punjab’s Bhatinda district now boasts “desi”, or indigenous, cotton shrubs that promise good yields and […]

Grow food, not lawns

CHENNAI: It was about four years back that Kavitha Ramakrishnan stopped watering her lawn after noticing the amount of water it was taking up. Today, her rooftop garden grows pumpkins, ladies finger, basil, yams and a host of other seasonal vegetables. And she waters the plants only once every two days, even in peak summer. […]

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You can give your wardrobe an organic wash

BENGALURU: Acity-based start-up has come up with an eco-friendly laundry detergent made from soapnuts grown in the hills of Uttarakhand and Odisha. Organic and natural, the product cleans clothes while also protecting the lakes of the city, claims Manas Nanda, founder, BubbleNut Wash. Incubated at the Nadathur S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the […]

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A success story in parched Bundelkhand

In the parched, brown landscape of Uttar Pradeshs Bundelkhand region, where hundreds of distressed farmers have taken their lives in the past few decades or have been forced to migrate, Prem Singhs farm is an exception. In the fabulous green farm, there is plenty for everyone: abundance of water-bodies for animals to drink from, many […]

Dangs declared Gujarats 100% organic farming district

GANDHINAGAR: Chief minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday inaugurated the 67th State Van Mahotsav at Nanapoda in Valsad district by throwing open mango orchard ‘Amravan’ created by state forest department, amidst light showers in the backdrop of greenery all around. She also opened a village haat built at a cost of Rs.2-crore as local buyers-sellers meeting […]

Dantewada Krishi Vigyaan Kendra adjudged best

Raipur, July 24: Out of 640 Krishi Vigyaan Kendra (KVK) across India, tribal Dantewada based KVK of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University received the best KVK award by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. For this achievement chief minister Dr Raman Singh and state agriculture minister Brijmohan Agrawal congratulated the agriculture scientists and officers-employees of the […]

UN support organic farming in Corbett landscape

Dehradun, July 23: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations is going to provide a Rs 40cr fund to support organic farming in villages situated outside Corbett Tiger Reserve under their Global Environment Fund plan. Experts of stakeholder departments such as forest, agriculture, irrigation, soil etc have expressed concern that the diminishing […]

Permaculture design course in Goa

This internationally recognized course is based on the Permaculture ethics and principles: (earth care, people care & fair share, developed in the 70’s by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren The course will teach you how to use design to better enable you to turn your environment into a sustainable and regenerative system. You will learn […]

Date 2nd Nov 2016 to 19th Nov 2016

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Growing organically

Belthangudy, Jul 19: About 30 years ago, we were growing paddy using chemical fertilisers and felt that the yield can be good only with chemical inputs. However, this notion changed when we visited B K Devarao’s farm in Mittabagilu near Ujire. He was cultivating many varieties of paddy without using any chemical fertiliser. Hence, we […]

Organic farming in AP on the lines of Sikkim

Visakhapatnam, July 19: The state government has come up with a comprehensive project on creating viable and sustainable farm livelihoods by promoting organic farming in the kharif season on the lines of that in Sikkim where more than 90% of the crops are produced with organic supplements. Towards that end, the state government has earmarked […]

A Workshop on Healthy soils – Safe food – Livelihoods

Food is nutrition. Nutritious food gives strength – immunity and prevents diseases and deficiencies. Hence, nutritious food is safe and is a basic need.  As a consumer, everyone have the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to choose safe food.   But, today we have shifted to the industrial mode of agriculture involving unsafe agrochemicals and controversial Genetically Modified Crops […]

Date 20th July 2016

Time From 11.00 am to 3.30 pm

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India seeks market access for sesame seeds in Japan

New Delhi, Jul 12: India will seek greater market access in the Japanese market for its farm products such as sesame seeds as well as for its services professionals including nurses, when senior officials of both the countries meet on July 28 in New Delhi. India’s Commerce Ministry will be pushing a proposal asking Japan […]