Protests crop up around corn trials in Rahuri univ

By: Sandip Kolhatkar Mahatma Phule Agriculture University agrees to address all queries in November, as protestors cite massive potential damage to environment. Opposition to open air trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, currently taking place at the Mahatma Phule Agriculture University (MPKV) in Rahuri of Ahmednagar district, 16 kms from Pune, is slowly gathering momentum. […]

Dialogue on GM crop trials in Nov

Ahmednagar, 29 October Aritra Bhattacharya Officials at the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) in Rahuri today promised to hold a detailed dialogue with activists and groups opposed to genetically modified (GM) crops in the third week of November. The development came after a delegation of activists and groups opposed to genetically modified (GM) crops met […]

They sow seeds, reap sorrows

Balakoteshwara Rao Hyderabad: Troubles Multiply For Bereaved Families As T Govt Gets Tight-Fisted On Disbursing Compensation The grim dance of death continues unabated in the agricultural fields of Telangana. With a state government that is trying to cut its losses, both on the political and economic fronts, the issue of suicides by farmers in the […]

MP govt invites private players for organic farming

Pune-based firm Lentus India Pvt Ltd had signed agreement for organic farming in 30 villages of Mandla district Shashikant Trivedi Bhopal  October 27, 2014 To ensure farm-to-fork approach, state government had invited private players to join organic farming. As a result a number of private companies have evinced interest in organic farming during the last […]

Growing Winter Veggies Organically

Basic workshop to get your veggie garden quick-started Date: Sunday, Nov. 2nd , 3-6:30 p.m. Venue: Rua Minguel de Loyola Furtado, Margao, Goa. Green Essential promotes environmentally-friendly alternatives that help make our lives healthier, more natural and sustainable. We are especially passionate about growing vegetables at home and promote organic vegetable gardening in Goa through […]

Date Sunday, Nov. 2nd , 3-6:30 p.m.

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When paddy fails, millet wins

Annie Philip PUDUCHERRY, October 24, 2014 S. Janaki, a farmer, laughs when she says she is unsure of what to do with the extra time that she now has. “Earlier, I used to have back problems because of the tiring labour involved in paddy cultivation. Now, I find working in the field much easier and […]

A deadly cocktail

Thursday October 23, 2014 Adil Hussain What pesticides are doing to Assam tea I can still remember Pratima Barua’s song on tea garden workers who left their homes in Odisha and Bihar to pluck tea leaves in the gardens of Assam, to give the world the famous Assam tea. I also recall the breathtaking, neatly […]

Kakojan College to begin organic farming

TNN | Oct 23, 2014 JORHAT: Hoping to train students, alumni and farmers in the basics of organic farming, Kakojan College in Jorhat district has begun an organic farming project on land belonging to the institute. Located in the Kakojan area, about 15 km from the district headquarters here, the college launched the project this […]

Centre launches organic farming scheme in J&K

Vishwa Mohan,TNN Oct 19, 2014,   NEW DELHI: As part of the Centre’s grand plan to convert the hilly areas of the country as exclusive zones of high-value organic farm products, the government on Saturday launched a scheme to encourage farmers in J&K to cultivate scientifically tested and commercially beneficial aromatic and medicinal plants in […]

India agrees to support Nepal

KATHMANDU, OCT 16 – India has agreed to support Nepal in implementing organic farming and soil health cards. The soil health card, which is widely implemented in India, is particularly a crop-wise recommendation of nutrients and fertilisers required for farms, so that farmers can use inputs accordingly and raise the productivity. The plan was announced […]

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Gateway to fair prices

Venkat Iyer Grower and buyer find each other directly on the Eco-Farmers Market info-exchange portal Maridesi Here Gowda of Mandya District, Karnataka, has for seven years now grown sugarcane without using pesticides on his two acres and produced organic jaggery. But selling it has been a challenge each year and it often goes for a […]

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Popularising the organic way

Shimoga, October 9, 2014 Veerendra P.M. Fast food and fast lifestyle are blamed for many health ailments. Inspired by the ‘slow food movement’ initiated by Italian journalist Carlo Petrini against the fast-food culture promoted by multinational companies, Eshwaran P. Teertha, a small farmer from Kudligere village in Bhadravathi taluk has ventured to popularise traditional cuisines […]

Organic Route

SUSAN PARAJULI The use of chemicals in agriculture is rampant. Chemicals are used to supplement deficit elements to assist plant growth but farmers heavily depend on chemicals for all aspects of agriculture. Everyone knows about the harm caused by chemicals in agriculture to humans and the entire environment but this issue has yet to be […]

India lacks credible system for certifying organic foods

A K Tripathy Thursday, October 09, 2014 Our Bureau, New Delhi India lacks a credible certification system for organic foods. This was stated by A K Tripathy, joint secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, at the fourth National Conference on Organic Farming, organised by the Associated Chambers of Commere and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in […]