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MGU: Start-up for organic farming launched

The dedicated start-up for students in organic farming was launched at Mahatma Gandhi University on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, S. Venkataraman, chief general manager, State Bank of India, underscored the key role the youth had to play in infusing fresh ideas and finding lasting solutions to the problems faced by the farming community. Studies […]

India celebrates Sikh Environment Day

On the eve of Sikh Environment Day, an organic farmer’s market was held here today. Hundreds of volunteers participated in the event. Farmers extended support to the cause and vowed to go natural to preserve the already burdened ecology due to the over-exploitation of natural resources. Every year, the day is marked with environment friendly […]

Champion of native virtues

TRICHY: To call Subramania Siva a native farmer would be an understatement for he infuses the native spirit in every planting activity he undertakes. Raising native breeds of cattle remains his major avocation, but he is also into cultivating and promoting traditional rice varieties as well as vegetables and fruits, all the organic way.

India’s urban go rural

Urban youth who willingly drop out of corporate rat race pursue this back-to-the-roots career. Quite often, it’s a joint decision with the spouse. This drives this sector, partially, but significantly. Thanks to this urban-looking rural pursuit, India is getting increasingly dotted by numerous enterprises that are small in size but with long reach. A slow […]

They run the farm, they made the March

When the farmers’ march began in Nashik on March 6, at the forefront was 60-year old Rukmabai Bendkule from Dondegaon village in Dindori taluka, dancing robustly with a red flag in hand. Many thousands of other women farmers walked in the march to Mumbai, across 180 kilometres, some without  chappals in the harsh heat, some with […]

PM to inaugurate Krishi Unnati Mela at IARI on March 17

New Delhi, Mar 14 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a three-day Krishi Unnati Mela at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute here on March 17. The theme of the fair is ‘doubling farmer’s income by 2022’. On the day, Mr Modi will launch the `Jaivik Kheti’ (organic farming) portal and lay the foundation stone […]

Sikkim Govt regulates sale of non-organic Ag & Horti commodities

Gangtok, Mar 13 (UNI) With a view to regulate sale of non-organic commodities in the Sikkim, the State government has finally issued a notification. Additional Chief Secretary SC Gupta notified that after realizing the importance of supporting sustainable management practices in delivering long term benefits to communities, environment, economy and country, the State has taken […]

Jammu farmers sent on interstate exposure visit

JAMMU: Group of 88 farmers from different districts of Jammu Division was flagged off by Director Agriculture Jammu H. K. Razdan for an Exposure Visit outside the state from the Directorate of Agriculture, Krishi Bhawan, Jammu. The training programme is being organized by the Farmers Training Centre Jammu under Sub-Mission on Agriculture Extension (SMAE) of […]

Young professionals start ‘Subaer’ to curb migration

DEHRADUN: In an initiative to stem migration from the hills, a group of young professionals hailing from the state initiated an organization, ‘Subaer,’ meaning dawn, on Monday. The organization aims to acquire deserted agricultural land from farmers in remote areas of the state and use it for organic farming and agri-based activities that will help […]

Trump axes Obama-era rule on organic farming

New York, Mar 13 (AFP) The US Department of Agriculture announced today it is withdrawing a much delayed Obama-era rule that would have imposed more regulations on producers of organically raised livestock and poultry. The department said it lacked the legal authority to enact the rule, published in the closing days of Barack Obama’s government. […]

Chennai family creates ‘Oxygen Chamber’ on terrace, harvests 300 bags of veggies!

Through this article, you will get to know more about two friends, Balasubramaniam and Natarajan, and their 15-year-old Chennai-based terrace garden—Indra Terrace Garden—which has become a benchmark for efficient and effective terrace gardening in Chennai. Both the friends have an avid interest in gardening and farming, and were attracted to the concept of growing and […]

Nyishi community celebrates pre-agricultural festival

Itanagar : Arunachal Pradesh’s ethnic tribal group Nyishi community celebrated the 50th pre-agriculture festival known as Nyokum Yullo at its Yajuli town recently. The Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo 2018 festival was attended by state’s Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with various elected leaders of Bhartiya Janta Party. The event was mainly organised by the villagers […]

Retired teacher seeds organic farming in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A retired school teacher in Odisha has turned an icon for millions of farmers in the country and abroad for his passion to collect native variety of paddy seeds and encouraging peasant communities to undertake organic farming, not only to save huge money spent on buying high-cost chemical fertilisers and pesticides but for keeping […]

The Real Organic Project: Disgusted With the USDA, US Farmers Make Their Own Organic Label

The certified organic label is, easily, the most important label in the U.S. food regulation system. Worth billions of dollars, the organic label is the only federally regulated food label that conveys any information about how that food was produced. Certified organic is the fastest-growing food segment—and the distinction can be profitable for farmers (and […]

39,790 farmers switch over to organic farming in HP

Shimla, Mar 11 (UNI) The supply of fresh green off-season vegetables and nutrition-filled, juicy Apple and Pears of Himachal Pradesh to the entire North India got a healthy twist, as 39,790 farmers have switched over to organic farming. Ryots of this hill state have achieved a major breakthrough as about 21,773 hectares arable lands were […]

Himachal reap peas grown under zero budget natural farming

Shimla, March 11 (IANS) In a first, a Himachal Pradesh university has successfully undertaken the harvesting of peas planted under the zero budget natural farming, scientists said on Sunday. The first picking of the peas was undertaken last week at the farms of Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan district, with […]

Millet Sisters: Sharing their success story

The day after being honoured with Nari Shakti Puraskar in New Delhi, the members of Millet Network of India spoke on how they managed to achieve success in the face of daunting odds. “We grow millets like jowar, sorghum, bajra etc as they do not require too much water or fertilisers or pesticides. We use […]

Organic farming is the gateway for healthy living

A group of more than 100 farmers from Puducherry and Karaikal regions were provided an orientation with organic farming practices at the Sharanam campus in Ousteri of the Sri Aurobindo Society recently. The farmers’ meet was supported by the Agriculture Technology Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, Government of Puducherry and the Rural Development Wing of […]