Ofai Organic World Congress

Second Vikalp Sangam

This food sangam in Rajasthan hopes to touch upon social, political, cultural, ecological and economic dimensions of food in an interactive format. The Sangam is envisioned as a 4 days event

Date 6th October 2017 to 9th October 2017


How One Japanese Farmer Changed Modern Agriculture

Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese farmer and philosopher who spearheaded natural farming, and began what is widely acknowledged as a revolution in the history of conventional agricultural practices. He is considered to be one of the five giant personalities who inspired the organic farming movement along with Rudolf Steiner from Austria, Lady Eve Balfour from […]

How to globalise the Indian farmer

Indias agricultural exports have risen to $25 billion to take a share of 9% of its total exportsfrom 7.1% in 2010-11. Today, a marginal farmer from Heran, a village in Punjab, finds markets in the UK for his produce of baby corn. India ranks second in fruits and vegetables production in the world. Its exports […]

Agriculture: On the cusp of self-sufficiency

Bengaluru, August 14:Since Independence, Indias food grain production has registered an over a five-fold increase, to around 273 million tonnes in 2016-17. The country has largely attained self-sufficiency as it transformed itself from a status of ship-to-mouth to an exporter over the past 70 years. Despite this progress, the agriculture sector faces major challenges as […]

Organic veggies not as organic as you think

KAU study detects new-generation insecticides and fungicides in organic fruits and vegetables Here is an alert for health conscious people who go in search of organic fruits and vegetables. New generation insecticides and fungicides have been detected in fruits and vegetables labelled organic is the latest concern in food safety, according to a report published […]

Nitish: use cow dung for organic farming

Patna, (The Bihar Post/IBNS): Bihar chief minister Nitsh Kumar has announced to take care of unclaimed animals found loitering on the streets and has asked the authorities to take necessary steps in this direction. My government has now decided to take care of unclaimed animals and protect them, the chief minister told a function in […]

Another pesticide disaster looms, farmers panicky

Bathinda: Yet to recover from the massive cotton crop loss they suffered in 2015, farmers in Malwa may be in for another jolt as they discover that many of them have already treated their fresh crop to a cocktail of spurious pesticides. The realisation is only dawning upon them now. As many as 24 out […]


Organic farmer awarded as Kerala Youth Icon

Rajesh Krishnan is sowing seeds of change in a little village by a stream in Thrissilerry in the misty hills of Wayanad. The biotechnologist-turned-farmer is in a hurry when we meet up at the Thanal office in Jawahar Nagar. It is the paddy transplanting season and so I am returning to Wayanad tonight itself, says […]

Waterman of India launches Krishna River Conservation

VIJAYAWADA:Waterman of India Rajendra Singh has launched Krishna River Conservation Tour from Hamsaladeevi in Krishna district to Bijapur in Karnataka. The tour kick-started at Durga Ghat in the city here on Wednesday. Noted urban planning expert and professor Vikram Soni, former minister Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao and others also participated in the march and inspected the […]

Green Fellows to help in corporation campaigns

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thanal, an environmental NGO, has launched a Zero-Waste Fellowship Programme. The ‘Green Fellows’ trained under the programme will work as volunteers in the green campaigns of the corporation. The fellowship is aimed at moulding resource persons to promote zero-waste initiatives in association with government agencies. In the technical session, the Green Fellows will be […]

Goa to setup floriculture estates

Porvorim: Agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai told the house on Monday that the government will set up floriculture estates in Goa. “Floriculture estates are non-polluting and less power extensive,” said Sardesai during ‘Question Hour’. Floriculture, Sardesai said, is part of a comprehensive agriculture policy being prepared. Responding to a question tabled by Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar, […]

Chhattisgarh to start ambulance service for cows

The Chhattisgarh government will begin an ambulance service for cows, chief minister Raman Singh said, joining a number of BJP-ruled states to put a stronger focus on protection of the animal that is considered sacred by Hindus. The service will be started in ten districts in the next few months, Singh said, addressing a programme […]

How 40,000 organic T-shirts are bridging Andhra & Europe

When social entrepreneursAneel Kumar Ambavaram and Sarat Gidda from Andhra Pradesh came together, little did they know that theircollaboration would positively affect50 farmers from Warangal. Today, the duo stand tall in theirfully organic village Enabavi in Andhra Pradesh that has successfully sold 40,000 organic t-shirts. Aneel and Sarat have founded the Grameena Vikas Kendram Society […]


Organic farming? learn from a Nagapattinam youth

NAGAPATTINAM:While Facebook page creators are adept at coming up with memes for every occasion, V Santhosh (24) in Nagapattinam is using his pages to create memes on agriculture and organic farming. As his memes teach how to grow organic crops, thousands of youth and agriculture activists are now followers of the page. Santhoshs Learn Agriculture […]


4th Exchange on Ecological Farming

This course will help you design a small urban space or a small farm so that you can step out of the chemical food cycles, provide wholesome organic food for your family and possibly create a small farm-based business.  

Date 2 September to 8 September, 2017

Bihar Agriculture Roadmap ready by Aug end

Bihar Agriculture Minister Dr Prem Kumar today said the final shape to third Agriculture Roadmap would be given by the end of next month. After assuming the charge of state Agriculture Minister, Dr Kumar told newspersons here that the first priority of his department would be to give final shape to the third agriculture roadmap, […]

Himachal promoting organic farming in a big way

Shimla, Jul 30 (PTI) A Rs 321 crore project is under implementation in Himachal for diversification of agricultural activities under which the farmers are being motivated to adopt organic farming and grow cash crops, an official said. The project, being implemented in five districts of the State, has yielded good results and a large number […]

Uttarakhand to pass Organic Farming Act

Uttarakhand would be the focus state in the upcoming World Food India 2017. A road show to promote the mega event to be held in November was organised in Dehradun on Friday. The roadshow was organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), […]

Quit His Job to Become a Plant Doctor

Dr. K R Hullunache Gowda, who was given an honorary doctorate by Jeeva Theological Open University, Chennai, for his work in farming, belongs to Srinivaspura village of Kolar district of Karnataka. Back in the 90s he finished his post-graduation in Sericulture and started his career as a lecturer in Chikaballapur University. However,Dr. Gowda could see […]

Medical experts write to Narendra Modi against GM mustard crop

New Delhi: Members of Indias medical fraternity on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reject the environmental release application for the genetically modified (GM) mustard crop, saying that the country should not be forced to face the risks and dangers associated with the crop. GM mustard is a danger for cultivators, agricultural workers as […]

Gujarat govt raises voice against GM mustard

New Delhi, July 28: Genetically-modified (GM) mustard appears to be creating a rift within the ruling BJP. An arm of the Gujarat government, also led by the BJP, has written to the Prime Minister, seeking a halt to a possible environmental release of the controversial transgenic crop. This GM mustard happens to be a herbicide-tolerant […]