Ofai Organic World Congress

Acclaim for votary of organic farming

A city-based farmer has won a coveted national award in recognition of his efforts to promote organic farming with less-known techniques. Sixty-year-old R. Raveendran of Kochulloor is one of the five farmers who have been selected for the prestigious IARI Fellow Farmer Award 2017, instituted by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) that functions under […]

Puthimari Bapubheti farmers set an example in organic farming

Tezpur, March 26: At a time when high-pesticide laced agricultural produce from across the State, including Lalpul, Sikunmati, Bechimari and Kharupetia areas of Darrang district, is flourishing in the vegetable market, thereby creating health concerns, the farmers of Puthimari Bapubheti and its adjoining areas have been able to create records with production of organic vegetables […]

EU nations vote against GM crops

A majority of EU countries voted on Monday against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be grown in Europe, batting the contentious decision on GM cultivation in Europe back to the EU executive, according to two sources. EU governments were asked to vote on the future of two grades of GM maize, Pioneers 1507 […]

Chhattisgarh earmarks Rs 574 cr for organic farming

Subsidy worth Rs 4,227.42 crore related to agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, water resource, bio-technology and religious trust endowment departments for fiscal year 2017-18 was approved on Monday in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said that National Krishi Mela is being organized since last two years with the objective of doubling the income […]

Skill development training program on organic farming organised by CSIR

Lamphelpat, March 22: The North Eastern states Manipur in particular, where comparatively very less amount of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are used for agriculture, has immense potential for organic farming, Agriculture experts reiterated. But to lack of awareness about organic food, its certification and marketing of the produce, the region which has the enough potential […]

No Name Calling Please, Give Us Evidence Which Proves GM Crops Are Safe

By Viva Kermani Shanthu Shantharam has called my article on the problems with genetically modified seed and crop “half-baked” and in “total ignorance”. While my article, Lets be honest about GM crops was published by Swarajya on 23 February 2017, Shantharam’s ill-tempered rejoinder was appeared titled “Genetically-Modified Crops Are The Future: Here’s Why”. Swarajya and […]

Cgarh made 11.23L MT of city compost during 2015-16: Centre

Chhattisgarh produced 11.23 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of city compost during 2015-16 being used as organic fertilizer, the Central Government has informed. Notably, in the month of May last year, the Chhattisgarh Government has decided to establish composite production unit in vegetable markets of cities across the State for manufacturing organic fertilizer using fruits and […]

Techie to quit job and turn organic farmer

TIRUCHY: Leaving a well paid job to pursue his passion for organic farming, this 34-year- old youth has set an example for many. From developing new software for corporate firms, M Gokul, a software engineer, has taken up organic farming in his native village in Perambalur district. The techie who used to involve in farming […]

Indian Startup Brings Organic Farming to Your Rooftop

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba was heavily dependent on the USSR for petroleum, fertilizers, pesticides and farm products. But when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and eventually sanctions were imposed on Cuba, the country was left in the lurch. According to cubahistory.org, the country lost nearly 80 percent of its imports […]

Burkina Faso settles dispute with Monsanto over genetically modified cotton

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso Burkina Faso’s cotton companies and growers have settled a dispute with Monsanto Co. over what they claimed were revenue losses caused by the introduction of genetically modified cotton. The agreement, which includes the dividing up of royalties withheld by Monsanto’s Burkina Faso partners, brings to an end a collaboration that had at […]

OFSG meeting

Organic Farmers Study Group (OFSG) meeting on Mar 25/26 2017 at Khalad, Near Pune. Dilip Kulkarni will discuss in depth an eco-friendly, stress-free lifestyle design.

Date 25th March 2017 to 26th March 2017

Film Makers

3 filmmakers from Chizami win community media award

A 14-minutes documentary film, MilletsSecuring Lives (2015), from Chizami village, Nagaland, has bagged the first prize at the first ever National Community Media Festival organised by the Community Media Trust of Deccan Development Society (DDS), Telangana, in February this year. A communitys telling of the growing, picking, harvesting and promoting millets, the film has been […]

Organic farming in Karnataka to go the Nandini way

14 regional federations of farmers preparing to brand and sell their produce in retail market With an ever-growing market in urban centres, organic farming in Karnataka is on the verge of going big by following the Nandini model (the brand name under which Karnataka Milk Federation sells its products) of co-operative marketing. Data put up […]

Meet held on protection of plant varieties

DIBRUGARH, March 8 – Farmers varieties have been utilised in developing improved varieties of various crops, both by private and public seed producing sectors. However, very little is known to most of the farmers about the registration procedure of their own variety and the financial benefit out of it. In this context, a daylong awareness […]

Seed Savers Meet

We invite all Seed Savers/Farmer Breeders/Custodian Farmers and other Conservators to be part of the forum… Due to limited funds we can only bear simple lodging & boarding facilities at the venue; travel expenses to Vishakapatnam and back will have to borne by the participants themselves. Since there is exactly a month left for the […]

Date 8h April 2017 to 9th April 2017