Promotion of Zero Budget Natural Farming

NITI Aayog held a meeting on 9th July, 2018 to discuss the promotion of Zero budget Natural Farming. Government of India has been promoting organic farming in the country through the dedicated schemes of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) since 2015-16 and also through Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). In the revised guidelines of PKVY […]

Battle to preserve seeds

Flashback 1986: Whenever farmer and social activist Vijay Jardhari and his friends would visit any village telling locals to conserve their traditional seeds and to continue consuming millets, people would make fun of them. Now the same villagers are surprised with the mass acceptability of millets and the growing popularity of organic products. Vijay Jardhari […]

Unique startup that will help grow a mini forest

Originating from the Kannada terms ‘hosa’ which means ‘new’ and ‘chiguru’ which means ‘sprout’, Hosachiguru is a leading agricultural asset management startup that is running over 30 sustainable green projects on 800 acres of land. Four years ago, three engineers decided to quit their lucrative jobs at the peak of their careers. The reason? They […]

Shift to organic farming inevitable

Ludhiana,  A three-day training programme on “Organic farming – farm to fork approach” concluded at the PAMETI, PAU, Ludhiana.The training course was attended by 33 extension officials from the agriculture and allied departments. Dr HS Dhaliwal, Director, PAMETI informed the officials about objectives of the training programme, detailing the need for adopting organic ways of […]

Caritas India strives to make central India drought proof

Over the years, recurring droughts and frequent crop failures have driven the farming community of Central India to despair for several years on the trot. During the current period, a major part of Central India is reeling under the spell of drought that has created the severe water crisis. Farming communities of Marathwada and Vidarbha […]

Krishi India 2018 from 20-22 August

India: When agri and wellness and health experts gather to debate the future of sustainable rural development and healthcare, a uniquely insightful view of trends unfold. That’s what is expected to transpire at Krishi India 2018 expo and Wellness India 2018 expo to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 20-22 August 2018. The Krishi […]

Organic farming acreage increases to 23.02 lakh hectares

As per the official data , the current position of organic farming w.r.t. area covered across the country is 23.02 lakh hectares under the schemes Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) and National Programme of Organic Production (NPOP). Under PKVY and MOVCDNER schemes enough assistance is […]

More TN farmers take to organic farming

Shivakumar, an entrepreneur-industrialist, started farming about five years ago on 40 acres at Sathyamangalam. In 2015, seeing the impact of chemicals on soil, he decided to go organic and it took him one-and-a-half years to clear the land, take up green mulching, and start organic cultivation. Today, his Madras Iyer Thottam (MIT) has expanded to […]

Karnataka’s farmers are toiling on decaying soil

The creeping danger for agriculture may not be from the clouds above or the water levels in reservoirs, but from the slow death of the soil the farmer tills. In vast swathes of land in the State, organic carbon has depleted to a point where the soil cannot sustain life without extensive human involvement. Meanwhile, […]

TSSOCA to certify organic products

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA) added another feather to its cap with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry according it accreditation for inspection and certification of organic products in the State. Telangana is among the very few States in the country to get this accreditation. In May, 2016, The State […]

How to beat climate change? Lessons from ‘progressive farmers’ of Karnataka

Kalaburagi district (Karnataka): “Year by year, the quantity of rainfall is decreasing,” said Shyamrao Patil, 55, a lungi-clad, generously mustachioed wiry farmer who has learned to read the changing seasons and–most importantly–adapt to them in a country where climate change has started affecting the livelihoods of a fifth of the population, or 263 million people, […]

Erode organic farmers set to take the sugarcane plunge

Going organic seems to be yielding rich dividends for the Erode Uyir Iyyarkai Vivasaigal Sangam (Erode Uyir Natural Farmers’ Society). So much so that its members are raring to go a step further and bring into their fold about 1,000 acres of land in Tamil Nadu for organic sugarcane cultivation. The 64 members of the […]

Pesticides killing India’s agro exports

Punjab’s loss is Jammu & Kashmir’s gain. Exporters are preferring basmati of J&K because its farmers do not use pesticides and fungicides, and hence their produce commands premium, says Bhuwan Bhaskar The soothing aroma of basmati has turned foul for thousands of farmers in Punjab. Recently, beginning of this week, the worst feared news for […]

Pesticide: The silent killer

Despite the Supreme Court’s order to phase out some pesticides that are banned overseas, the Centre appears indecisive for reasons best known to it, while the states are hamstrung due to tweaking of rules, says Kavitha Kuruganti

Get these leafy greens onto your plate

Uncultivated food plants, that are considered weeds, are high in nutrition These leafy vegetables look a little different, taste different and have unheard names such as Tadaka Dobbudu, Gunugu Koora, Adavi Soya Koora, Elaka Chevula Koora and a host of similar names. “They have a unique taste. They are cooked like vegetables or as khichdi,” […]

Organic Basmati in Jammu and Kashmir

Organic Basmati production in Jammu and Kashmir started a few years back in Jammu region with the Department of Agriculture had started growing Basmati organically on 200 hectares in villages around Suchetgarh in the RS Pura sector, about 35 kilometers west of Jammu. A study by Dr. Rakesh Nanda and others in 2013 from Sher-e-Kashmir […]

Celebrating three pioneers in the history of organic farming

Almost a hundred years ago the organic farming movement threw down the gauntlet and challenged industrial agriculture. Sir Albert Howard, his first wife, Gabrielle, and, following her death, his second wife, Louise, were the brave pioneers of this movement. The Howards were a new breed. They merged the latest science with the ideals of peasant […]