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Guide for organic farming, courtesy Kerala Agricultural University

THRISSUR: Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) on Saturday released a document on organic farming practices, detailing cultivation methods that need to be adopted. Vice-chancellor P Rajendran said that though there were 73 agricultural universities in India, KAU was the first one to prepare such an exclusive package on organic cultivation. Agriculture minister V S Sunilkumar – […]

Training sessions on organic farming held at Jammu

JAMMU: Department of Horticulture in collaboration with Regional Centre of Organic Farming (RCOF), Government of India organized training programmes on Organic Farming here on Thursday. Dr. Chander Shekhar, Junior Scientific Officer, Government of India at Regional Centre of Organic Farming, Kissan Bhawan, Panchkula, Haryana was the mentor and Prabh Dayal was the resource person from […]

Kerala opposes commercialisation of GM mustard

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala assembly passed a resolution, demanding that the Centre withdraw the decision to grant permission for production and cultivation of Genetically Modified Mustard seed for commercial purposes. Moving the resolution, Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said it was unfortunate that the Centre’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had accorded sanction for production and […]

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Quit MBA to be an organic farmer, lifts farmers out of debt

In an age where people are chasing B-school placements and those big pay cheques, few choose to tread a different path and follow their passion. For Raghav Baldwa, a 24-year-old from Indore, growing food organically, farming, and leading the lifestyle that it entails meant much more than pursuing a degree in business administration. And thats […]

Experts dwell upon organic farming

Patiala, May 15 Experts from various fields related with agriculture and farmers have advocated adopting the organic farming through scientific methods to save the future of Punjab. The experts were here to attend Innovative Farmers Meet organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The meet was a part of a campaign to promote modern […]

Workshop On Biodynamics – Nainital 2017

The Biodynamic Association of India (BDAI)is conducting a5-Day Workshop on Biodynamic Farmingfrom 9th June to 13th June 2017 at Nainital, Uttrakhand. You can visit our website (http://www.biodynamics.in/) for downloading details of the workshop and for online registration please click the ‘Register Now’ button. Please find the link below to download theRegistration form and Venue details. […]

Date 09th to 13th June 2017

Panacea for sustainable farming

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. So, how is it different from conventional agriculture? Conventional farming is about monocropping one crop, one yield. Alternatives are more about diverse yields. Production levels in both cases are not very […]

Urbanites to be made aware of organic farming

Giving stress on terrace farming, initiative is being taken to make urban populace aware of the techniques of cultivating organic crops in rooftops. A unique initiative has been taken to set up a model rooftop organic farming facility at Bidhan Sishu Udyan in Ultadanga, where the West Bengal Agriculture department recently organised a three-day Jaibo […]

Organic farming and millets help restore soil ecosystem

With climate change wreaking havoc on agricultural land through increased temperature and water shortage, and the chemicals used in conventional farming practices only compounding the problem, sustainable organic farming and millet cultivation is the last hope to produce food without destroying the environment.

Telangana pushing for organic farming, but focus is now on giving respite to farmers

“Spurious inputs and deficit rain are the major reasons why Telangana farmers are suffering,” says Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister of Telangana, Jupally Krishna Rao while addressing the audience at the Natural Farming Summit 2017organised by the Sri Sri Institute Agricultural Sciences & Technology Trust (SSIAST) in Bengaluru. Listing out the government programmes that […]

Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat to introduce organic farming in 1000 acres

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thiruvananthapuram district Panchayat plans to implement organic farming in 1000 acres in the district. The project was announced during the development seminar conducted by the panchayat. The seminar, which discussed plans to the tune of Rs 115.89 crores focused on water conservation and organic farming. The projects __ Jaivasamridhi and Jalasree __ will be […]

Chennai Designer Quits Job to Work For Organic Farmers

Just two years after he quit his job as an instructional designer at a multinational IT firm, Chennai-based Vishnu Vardhan is engineering a silent organic revolution in the state. The 27-year-old has started a one of a kind rent-a-farm training programme for people interested in growing their own food in a bid to popularise organic […]

Major Farmer Unions Of India Reject GM Mustard

We are writing to you from the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements, which is a network of farmers movements that is committed to dignity and self-respect for farmers. Several of our members also are part of the international peasants movementLa Via Campesina. We represent thousands of villages in South India and hundreds of thousands […]

US Govt Runs Propaganda Campaign To Sell GMO Safety

The recently passed US Congressional budget that averted government shutdown will allocate $3 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic and humanitarian impacts of biotech crops and genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in food to consumersmany of whom are wary […]

Hungarians Just Destroyed All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) […]

RSS dries up GM crops issue

NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJPs ideological patron, has won the GM crop war with the governments premier policy think-tank Niti Aayog. In the first authoritative indication, the planning bodys draft on the three-year action plan, a copy of which is with The Sunday Standard, admits that other alternatives (to GM crops) […]

Ecological farming, mantra for rich reap in Sundargarh

SUNDARGARH: Ecological farming has benefited several farmers of the district and elsewhere with many of them reaping profits through use of organic seeds. Speaking about their experiences during the two-day Desi Chasi Sammelani here, a woman farmer, Nirmala Barla of Sundargarhs Balishankara block, said ecological farming brings more benefits and profits compared to the conventional […]

Chennai Seed Festival

Chennai Seed festival

The festival will showcase Seed and food crops diversity across India. It will be and open platform for exchange of diversity and knowledge. You will also get a chance to interact directly with farmers who will be selling their produce and different other value added products during the festival.

Date 9th June to 11th June 2017

Odisha mulling organic farming policy for 15 districts

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government is working on an organic farming policy that will be implemented in 15 districts of the state in the first phase, Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy said on Sunday. At several places, villagers still practice organic farming. It is a proven fact that organic farming can help increase productivity of crops. […]

There will always be a seed for everyone

In the early summer month of April, around the magnificent Niyamgiri range in southern Odisha, the desi mango trees are already fruiting and mahua flowers have begun to blossom. Soon Kondh women will squeeze out the mango juice and dry it to make ambosoda, gather the mahua flowers to sell in the market while of […]

Palestinian mans mission to make urban agriculture more sustainable

Around the world, urban agriculture is playing a role in feeding a growing global population from mid-America to the Middle East. This video introduces Said Salim Abu Naser, a proponent of sustainable agriculture living and working in Gaza City, Palestine along the Mediterranean Coast. Abu Nasser has created a 200-square-meter (2,153-square-feet) micro-farm using homemade organic […]