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Making lakhs from Mushroom farming

How can farmers earn extra income in a limited space through organic means? Pragnesh Patel, an MBA graduate who became a farmer, has come up with a fantastic solution mushrooms. His small 18 x 45-foot mushroom shed is producing 700 kilos of oyster mushrooms every four months, earning him an extra Rs 4.2 lakh per […]

Haldi doodh is now turmeric latte !

Sweet potato is the new avocado. It is nutrient-dense, good for the gut and much lighter on the pocket when compared to the latter. And so the indigenous shakkarkandi which we have grown up eating during winters as a spicy, salty, lemony street-side snack, will be replacing yam as part of a traditional thanksgiving dinner […]

Vandana & her struggle to take back control of seeds

Dehradun December 1, 2017 Crop varieties have been selected and reproduced over thousands of years by farmers, creating great diversity. India, for example, used to have 200,000 varieties of rice. Seeds were kept each year for replanting and exchanging in what was a free or low-cost system for many farmers. After the end of World […]

Vegetable seed production book

Reviving Vegetable Diversity A seed savers guide

The book is a delight for organic farmers and gardeners who are eager to work with traditional vegetable varieties. Heavily illustrated with gorgeous colour photographs, the comprehensive text contains an extensive directory of traditional as well as rare and unusual vegetables. Each profile contains a listing of traditional bred vegetable diversity and demonstrates how to […]

Organic farmers tap native cotton variety

A group of organic farming enthusiasts of Perambalur have launched an attempt to revive a native cotton variety of Tamil Nadu, karunganni. They have made a modest beginning this year raising the crop on about 40 acres in the district. Organised under a group, named Karunganni Cotton Cultivators Group, about 30 farmers keen on organic […]

K’taka seeks support from states to popularise millets

New Delhi, Karnataka sought support from north Indian states in popularising millets as it prepares to hold the international trade fair on the forgotten grain in Bengaluru in January. Karnataka Agriculture Minister Byre Gowda called upon nutritionists, chefs, food processing companies and other stakeholders to spread awareness about the health benefits of millets so as […]

Why India continues to use lethal pesticides

One more evil has reared its ugly head in Maharashtras arid Vidarbha region, which has so far been infamous for farmer suicides. Some 35 farmers in the region have died of pesticide poisoning in last four months. Most of them were working in cotton and soybean fields and had inadvertently inhaled pesticides while spraying on […]

Goverdhan village gets award for environment conservation

Thane, Nov 23 (PTI) The Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Palghar district, has won an award for its contribution in preserving the environment. It received the Acqa Congress award, instituted by Aqua Foundation Group in the category of green housing- social sector in New Delhi earlier […]

Cattle to meet manure needs can aid farmers in distress

Baskaran, a young farmer, owns a very small patch of land of two acres. He growsgroundnut in 1.5 acres and cultivates different kinds of vegetables like snake gourds, bitter gourds and seasonal vegetables on the rest of the land. For the last ten years, he has been cultivating the entire area using organic methods andhas […]

Vizag-based start-up trains farmers for organic food

Visakhapatnam: Vizag-based start-up 19Farms teaches farmers the traditional way of farming. The process is based on Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) model introduced by Indian agriculturist Subhash Palekar. The company also procures the organic produce from them and provides marketing support and technical assistance to them. The ZBNF model is a holistic method of farming […]

Organic push to tilling

Patna: The thrill was evident on the faces of over a hundred students who took part in the organic rice harvesting festival at Tarumitra on Saturday. For many, it was their first visit to a farm. Even teachers and other participants tried their hand at harvesting. Students from St Joseph’s Convent High School, Don Bosco […]

Imphal opens organic store

Imphal: Manipur opened the region’s first organic store here on Monday under the Centre’s Mission Organic Value Chain Development in the Northeast. Opening the store, named Organic Outlet, at the gate of the horticulture directorate here, horticulture and soil conservation minister Th. Shyamkumar Singh said organic food products reduce health problems.

Andhra plans big to promote organic farming

VISAKHAPATNAM: Reiterating the governments resolve of according a high priority to food security, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said that many initiatives had been undertaken to improve the organic farming in the State. Inaugurating the first edition of the three-day AP AgriTech-Summit (Agri Hackathon) in Visakhapatnam at the APIIC Grounds on Wednesday, in […]

Encourage Telangana farmers to take up organic farming

Mahabubabad: Encourage the farmers to adopt organic farming, which will enrich the fertility of the soil without harming the environment, advised District Collector Dr Preethi Meena. She was the chief guest at a training programme for farmers on Param Paragath Krishi Vikasa Yojana (PPKVY) in Parvathagiri village of Mahabubabad district of Telangana on Tuesday. Speaking […]

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ICAR maps out best regions for organic farming in India

Nagpur: The government is planning an organic revolution for the country, and the ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP) has come to its aid by identifying areas holding high potential for the same. After completing scientific research that started in 2011, the bureau along with ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, […]

India needs to focus on implementation of GM regulations

Agroecology and environmental biosafety expert Angelika Hilbeck on Tuesday called for better enforcement of biosafety norms in agriculture. “It has been my observation that most countries have good regulations, but it is implementation that they usually lack and I don’t think India is any different in this regard,” said Hilbeck. She was speaking at a […]