Binota Munda and Kalyani Borkandas at their grain bank in Nebukhali village

Saving for rainy days

Apr 30, 2014 People of West Bengal’s Sunderbans region are setting up grain banks to safeguard against food crisis. In September 2013, seven of the 11 members of West Bengal-based Ma Ameena self-help group (SHG), of which Subedan is a member, set up a community grain bank, or grain gola. The cylindrical structure is made […]

Sunday at the bazaar

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo HYDERABAD, March 31, 2014 The new weekend markets have become picnic outings, offering organic produce, food and fun It’s a balmy Sunday morning, a day when those who’ve stepped out of their homes hope the mercury stays within the 40-degree mark. Under the thatched roof of a hall, children sketch patterns and […]

The seed segment is our future growth area: Davor Pisk

Interview with Chief operating officer, Syngenta AG Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai April 19, 2014 In India, average landholding declined from 2.3 hectares in the 70s to 1.32 hectares in 2000-01. If this rate continues, average landholding will fall to 0.68 hectares by 2020 and a mere 0.32 hectares by 2030. Currently 86 per cent of Indian farmers, […]

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture Director G.V. Ramanjaneyulu (middle) addressing a seminar on organic farming in Vijayawada on Saturday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Organic food market takes off

VIJAYAWADA, April 20, 2014 Farmers can achieve better yield, but they are struggling to market organic products owing to lack of government support Organic food market in India is expanding at a staggering rate of 400 per cent every year according to a report published by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) but the farmers are […]

The price of fish is organic farming

Vivek Menezes, TNN | Apr 20, 2014, Forget football or feni, the one tie that binds all Goans together is the fish on their plates. This is a land where ‘what fish are you eating today’ is a perfectly acceptable Konkani greeting, where every local feels utterly malnourished without a daily share.  

Chemical fertilizers chasing fish away

TNN | Apr 14, 2014, 12.42 AM IST PANAJI: Fish production off India’s coastline has been hit because of the over-zealous use of chemical fertilizers by farmers, said SWA Naqvi, director of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). Listing out the negative influences of the green revolution on India’s farming practices, Naqvi said, “As synthetic […]

Bhoomi Camp for Children – April & May 2014

Facilitators who love children and Nature will anchor the programme   Age – 9 – 15 years. Please Note – Children will be provided with Healthy snacks and drinks . Programme Fees – Rs.1500/- (Fees once paid will not be refunded) Online money transfer details: Beneficiary                     […]

Sanjeevini Seed Festival

Sanjeevini Rural Development Society is organizing “Sanjeevini Seed Festival, to be held on 27th April 2014 at Malivalasa Sovva Panchayat, Dumbiguda Mandal, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. If you are interested in attending this festival, please contact Shri. Devullu Pachari, Director, SANJEEVINI, MIG-D, 391, Sagar Nagar, Visakhapatnam – 43, Phone: (0891) 2799088, Mobile: 09849205469 / 09440119789 […]

Date 27th April 2014

Annual Seed Festival-Seed Savers Meeting

On behalf of Paschim Sridhar Kati Jonokalyan Samiti, I take this opportunity to invite you to the Annual Seed Festival-Seed Savers Meeting at Jogeshgunj, North 24 Parganas-West Bengal. This is a 4 day event between 16.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 which will showcase Seed Diversity from 7 districts of West Bengal including almost all the blocks of the […]

Date 16.04.2014 to 19.04.2014

Coalition for a GM-Free India

 COALITION FOR a GM-FREE INDIA Punjab Chandigarh Chapter To, Shri Kamal Sharma State President Bhartiya Janta Party , Punjab    SUB: NO NOC TO BE ISSUED IN PUNJAB FOR OPEN AIR FIELD TRIALS OF GM CROPS We would like to bring to your notice that the issue of Genetically Modified food crops (and their field […]

City agriculture sprouts in Korea

By Suk Gee-hyun ( Lee Yong-ja and Yoo Myung-sub are often seen on the street in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, covered in dirt, carrying gardening tools and plastic bags filled with lettuce and peppers from a hill behind their apartment. “It’s exciting that you can grow something edible, without having to worry about pesticides or feeling doubtful […]

All food is grown organically in actor’s farmhouse

April 10, 2014 Director Rohit Shetty commented on seeing her farmhouse, “If I ever had such a beautiful house, I would never feel like returning to Mumbai.” Apparently all food is grown organically and there are cattle for fresh milk and swans on the property. Asin paints and loves reading and whenever she is at […]

Founders Day 2014

Dear friend and partner in development, Greetings from IIRD in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The 13th of April is being commemorated as the Founder’s Day of IIRD. It is the birth anniversary of our late Founder, Dr. Alexander Daniel, who had spent most part of his life in the struggles alongside the rural poor. We have great […]

An Attempt to Tread the Organic Path

By Express News Service – KOCHI  Published: 05th April Planning to set up a vegetable farm on your house premises house and looking  for assistance? Visit the ongoing Organic Fest at the Rajendra Maidan for solutions. The fest also offers you necessary requirements for  a small garden, including seeds and advice of experienced farmers. The […]

Farmers to turn a new leaf in Madurai

V Devanathan, TNN | Apr 1, 2014 MADURAI: Organic farming veteran Nammalvar may have died, but not his ideologies. Environmentalists attached to various organisations are coming together in order to promote organic farming. While organic farming in Madurai is in dire straits, as not even one percent of the total cultivation is done using such […]

‘Organic’ vegetables come under lens

Sreedevi Chitharanjan, TNN | Mar 30, 2014, KOZHIKODE: The agriculture department will be extending its scheme of production and marketing of safe-to-eat vegetables through government outlets to more districts. The scheme, launched in association with Kerala Agriculture University last year, also envisages ensuring that vegetables and fruits being sold under the organic brand are pesticide-free. […]

Lab test certifies Niravu-Vengeri vegetables pesticide free

Sreedevi Chitharanjan, TNN | Mar 29, 2014 KOZHIKODE: A test conducted by the Pesticide Residue Laboratory of the Kerala Agricultural University on eight types of vegetables procured from the Niravu- Vengeri, the collective forum of 101 households confirmed that the vegetables are pesticide free. The laboratory test was conducted jointly by the Kerala Agriculture University […]