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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 […]

Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides ‘trespass’ and contaminate their fields

Minnesota, June 17: Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops — and the pesticides and herbicides that accompany them — are finally getting a taste of their own legal medicine. Minnesota’s Star Tribune has reported that the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic farm surrounded by chemical-laden conventional farms can seek damages for […]

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Good moringa: Drumstick the new kale?

Mumbai, July 7: The humble muringakkai has joined the league of superfoods in the West. It is also being developed as cheap nutrition for poor people living in drylands Back in 1982, the Tamil filmmaker K Bhagyaraj directed a movie titled Mundhanai Mudichu (Saree Knot) that centered on an alluring ingenue’s attempts to win the […]

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The organic inroad in Goa’s food industry

Panjim, July 11: he latest trend to hit the food industry is organic. Check out the food section in malls, superstores and discover the space that organic is hogging these days. A decade back only expensive lifestyle stores kept these special products. But nowadays even the neighborhood shopkeeper knows the significance of organic food. Choosing […]

Maha, MP lead in earmarking special organic farming zones

New Delhi, July 10: After turning Sikkim into a fully organic state, India is now looking at a “cluster“ approach to increase area under chemical-free farming in other states. Many states have already started earmarking exclusive organic farming zones, with Maharashtra leading the pack with 932 exclusive clusters followed by Madhya Pradesh (880), Rajasthan (755), […]

RSS to promote organic farming in State

Kozhikode, July 5: Taking a cue from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to promote organic farming in the State. A resolution adopted at the two-day State conference of the RSS here said the organisation planned to rope in students, youths and different communities with the slogan, […]

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India’s farming sector has an organic answer

Mumbai, July 2: When a new organic food venture launched in Hyderabad 12 years ago, it had a hard time convincing farmers in India to take up organic methods. They were sceptical about the change, especially given that it takes up to four years for a farm’s soil to become free of pesticides and chemicals. […]

Manipur to lead India in organic production

Manipur, July 1: In Manipur, northeastern India, 30,000 hill farmers have gone organic, meaning that the state could soon become a leading organic producer in the country. By the end of the year, six organic producing companies will be formed in the state, comprising 500 farmers each. Depending on the locations, these companies will produce […]

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Centre to give farm exports an organic booster shot

New Delhi, July 1: In a move that could give a boost to export of agriculture and processed food from the country, India is framing its own organic products policy with clearly prescribed safety standards, traceability norms, soil certification guidelines and good agricultural practices. The good agricultural practices (GAP) followed by countries such as the US, […]

Organic produce yet to make inroads into market

Kochi, July 1: Though Kochi residents have become increasingly aware of health hazards of pesticides in vegetables and fruits, the organic food market is yet to take off in a big way. Retail outlet owners who sell organic farm produce say that it is till an upmarket segment with few regular customers walking into their […]

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Organic farming in Sarjamda to increase farmers’ income

Jamshedpur, June 28: India’s largest integrated power company, Tata Power has been working relentlessly towards improving the standard of living of its communities through various interventions in the fields of education, income generation, agriculture, and many more. In continuation with this commitment, Tata Power’s Jojobera Plant, in collaboration with Green View Nursery, has taken progressive […]

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Making sense of organic kidswear

Bengaluru, June 28: For those willing to go that extra mile for the sake of ideology, an organic, ethical, fairtrade range of children’s wear opens in Bengaluru It is always the same story. What is there in your backyard takes time to acknowledge, understand and value. And so it is that Sense Organics, an international […]

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Millets in your daily meals

For people who wish to explore “good” food through the miracle grains that millets are! Millets provide much more nutrition in terms of complex carbohydrates, protein, minerals and fiber compared to rice and wheat. They can be made into delicious dishes as well! Also, millets are planet- friendly grains, requiring much less water and little […]

Date 2nd July, 2016

Time 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Organic board staff stir hits certification process

Dehradun, June 23: The process of certification of several organic farmers has been delayed as the field employees of the Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board are on a strike for the past 10 days because of the non-payment of salaries for months. They have also been demanding regularisation of service. The field employees are 52 in number. […]