Transdisciplinary approach to measure conservation agriculture’s adaptation for climate change and food security in India

Food security has become increasingly important globally as well as on domestic fronts as global supply, income growth, and access is not keeping pace with increasing population in developing countries. Increasing resource degradation problems such as groundwater depletion, waterlogging, salinization, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and invasive species further add to food security challenges (Oliver […]

Malwa region in MP losing soil due to erosion

INDORE: There is a need to bring together all environmentalists working in isolation on one platform to conserve nature, said Indian Institute of Forest Management director Pankaj Srivastava, while appreciating Indore’s society, where people can unite for a cause. He was speaking on the last day of three-day film festival on water resource management held […]

Arunachal Gov participates in state conclave on agriculture

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd.) participated in the State Conclave on ‘Perspective Planning for Resurgent Agriculture and  Allied Sectors in Arunachal Pradesh’ at Itanagar  Friday . The two-day conclave is being organized by the State Government in partnership with NABARD, with an objective to have in-depth and solution seeking dialogues for promotion of agriculture and […]

Caritas Asia to develop sustainable farming

In an attempt to develop sustainable agriculture and reshape farming communities in Indonesia, Caritas Asia has taken initiatives to revive food sovereignty in the region The commitment was made at a conference in Ruteng Diocese in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province from 8-11 May. Representatives from 13 Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, […]

Darjeeling tea faces climate risk

Gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in the Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect production of the famous Darjeeling tea. The maximum temperature in Kurseong has risen by 0.51 degree over the last 20 years while total annual rainfall dropped by 56 mm and relative humidity by 16.07%, leading to a decline in overall […]

Poland interested in Bihar’s food processing: Dy CM

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said on Wednesday he succeeded in enticing interested parties from Poland to invest in the food processing and higher education sectors in Bihar. He said Poland has succeeded to a large extent in preventing vegetable and fruit wastage while Bihar specially has a huge potential for growth and expansion […]

How a Gurugram woman is helping others go organic

A Gurugram-based advertising executive has not only turned fallow land into a garden with edible plants, but is also helping others go organic. Sangita Wahi Mohin, through her forum Green Street, has been successfully spreading awareness on how we can nurture our gardens without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. Sangita’s own efforts gave a fillip to […]

Eco-friendly fabric demands propel organic cotton farming in India

Barku Jairam, a 55-year-old farmer from Barwani of Madhya Pradesh, has taken up cultivating organic cotton, which he claims, has significantly brought down input costs besides ensuring a decent yield.. The demand for organic cotton from global apparel companies has prompted 1,000-odd farmers in the state to switch to eco-farming to grow cotton using bio-fertilisers […]

IICT makes organic manure from water hyacinth

For years uncontrolled water hyacinth, an invasive species has posed a grave threat to the aquatic ecosystem. This invasive species that covers lakes and ponds is infamous for affecting water flow, blocking sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, thus, killing them, becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes or parasites and depleting dissolved oxygen, threatening life […]

Nepal calls for organic farming technology to double production

MAHOTTARI — Nepal Minister for Agriculture, Shailendra Sah, has called for tapping into the organic agricultural technology for the development of the agricultural sector. During a visit to the Nigaul Cow Gaushala Management Office at Gaushala municipality on Monday, Minister Sah said the province’s dependence was based on agriculture and stressed there were no alternatives […]

Scheme succour for NE small tea growers

GUWAHATI: Small tea growers in the non-traditional areas of the Northeast now have reasons to cheer! The Union ministry of commerce and industry has approved the modalities and guidelines of the “Tea Development and Promotion Scheme” for implementation during the Medium Term Framework (2017-18 to 2019-2020) that has a special package for small tea growers […]

Farmers urged to adopt organic farming, shun use of pesticides

Hoshiarpur, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla was the Chief Guest in the ‘Kisan Goshthi’ organised at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bahowal. Addressing the farmers he said Modi govt has made several efforts to increase the income of the farmers of the country. The farmers were being encouraged to cultivate using […]

East African Permaculture Convergence

Sector39 is an association of leading practitioners and teachers in Permaculture design. We offer a number of Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs) throughout the year, some on a two-week intensive basis, others spread over six weekends spread over 3 months. By arrangement we can also tailor learning experiences and short courses to meet your specific requirements.

Date 28th May 2018 to 29th May 2018

Time 12:00 am

Tamil Nadu panchayat school attracts kids by teaching organic farming

TRICHY: Veering away from traditional methods of marketing to ensure 100% admission, a panchayat union middle school (PUMS) in Perambalur district is reaching out on foot and attracting parents and students with the organic farming methods practised at the school.The PUMS in Kothavasal recently concluded a pan-village survey to identify children of appropriate age for […]

Rural time bomb that is ticking away – by Yashwant Sinha

The foot-march of over 35,000 farmers from Nashik to Mumbai in March this year attracted a lot of national attention and succeeded in highlighting the problems of the farmers. The numerous suicides by farmers earlier or the killing of six farmers in police firing in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh in June last year did not […]

Organic farming gathers steam in the Sundarbans

Faced with longer and hotter summers, many farmers in the Sundarbans have embraced organic farming with local crop varieties that are better adapted to a changing climate Umapati Sarkar, a progressive farmer in the Sundarbans in West Bengal who travels extensively to promote organic farming among the people, has many stories of his journeys. Sarkar, […]

Celphos for termites kills the ban

Chandigarh: Aluminum phosphide (brand name Celphos), an agricultural pesticide implicated in many suicides, is forest department’s recommended tablet for termite control under the Greening Chandigarh action plan. Local horticulturist Rahul Mahajan has reminded the UT agriculture director via a letter that this bug killer is banned for public use.

MP leads in organic cotton production: Bisen

Madhya Pradesh Minister for Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Gaurishankar Bisen said that Madhya Pradesh in one of the leading States in the country in organic cotton production. Madhya Pradesh produces one quarter of the total world’s organic cotton. “Therefore, there is a need for better marketing arrangement for organic cotton being produced in the […]

Ban toxic insecticides: Maharashtra farm body to Centre

Nagpur (Maharashtra), May 8 (IANS) A prominent farm body on Tuesday urged the Centre to immediately accept the Maharashtra government’s plea to ban poisonous insecticides which have killed more than 60 farmers here so far. Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM) chairman Kishore Tiwari said that following a series of farmers’ deaths due to toxic […]

Global Kokan Mango Fest, concludes in Mumbai

The Global Kokan Mango Festival, a week-long event that concluded at Nehru Science Centre, Worli, Mumbai, on May 8, 2018, made the largest platform available for the buyers in Mumbai and direct farmers from Maharashtra’s Konkan region, besides creating an open and straight market for organic mango farmers, producer companies and farmer co-operative associations from […]

Supreme Court rejects Monsanto plea on seed patent order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay a 2 May Delhi high court order which held that plant varieties and seeds cannot be patented under Indian law by companies like Monsanto Inc., and that royalties on genetically modified (GM) technology would be decided by a specialized agency of the agriculture ministry. As […]