Ofai Organic World Congress

Push for vendors of organic veggies & fruits

Until a week ago, R Raji spent her evening hours watching TV serials. Since getting a push-cart, she has been selling vegetables and fruits to customers in Anna Nagar from 5pm to 8pm. She pays no rent for the push-cart and doesn’t have to buy vegetables and fruits from the wholesale market either. They are […]


Environmental impacts of genetically modified plants: A review

Powerful scientific techniques have caused dramatic expansion of genetically modified crops leading to altered agricultural practices posing direct and indirect environmental implications. Despite the enhanced yield potential, risks and biosafety concerns associated with such GM crops are the fundamental issues to be addressed. An increasing interest can be noted among the researchers and policy makers […]

No policy decision yet on GM mustard crop: Centre to Supreme Court

The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that so far it has not taken any policy decision on the commercial release of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop. A bench comprising Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud considered the statement of Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that the government is […]

Kurukshetras young farmpreneur to get national award

A 31-year-old farmer and entrepreneur Karan Sikri of Dhangali village of Kurukshetra district will get the National Jagjivan Ram Kisan Abhinav award of the Indian Centre of Agriculture Research (ICAR) on Sunday. Karan will receive the prestigious ICAR award from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on the ICAR foundation day. The award […]

Rajasthan not to allow GM mustard even if Centre approves

The Rajasthan government today said it will never allow commercial cultivation of GM mustard even if the Centre approves it, maintaining that its traditional varieties are giving much better yields than the GM crop. Biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has already approved a proposal on genetically modified (GM) mustard variety developed by the […]

Haryana to introduce seed bill: Minister

Gurugram, July 13 (IANS) Haryana Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar on Thursday said that a seed bill will be introduced for the first time in the next session of the state Assembly. Dhankar has instructed his departments officials to prepare a seed bill on the suggestions given by experts in the second session of the two-day […]

IFFCO MD meets farmers on highlands of Leh-Ladakh

Addressing a mammoth gathering of farmers and cooperators in the tough terrain of Leh and Ladakh, IFFCO Managing Director Dr US Awasthi stressed on the need of turning the area into a hub of organic farming. Promising to use every resource at IFFCOs command Awasthi said we should take recourse to traditional method and desist […]

Assocham seeks lower GST rate for bio-agro inputs

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Industry lobby Assocham on Wednesday urged the government to lower the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates for select agricultural inputs, failing which use of chemical fertilisers will get a boost. Higher GST in this segment will directly promote chemical use, thereby leading to an increase in green house gas […]

PGS Certification picks up pace in Kerala

The Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralams (VFPCK) efforts to promote organic farming under the Participatory Guarantee System – India (PGS), a decentralised organic farming certification system of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has gathered momentum in the district with ten farmers local groups registered in just over a year. Each group […]

Seed for diversity: We sow diversity where others destroy it

This year, if the merger between the agrochemical giant Bayer in Germany and Monsanto, the American seed and pesticide manufacturer, goes ahead, “BaySanto” will become the largest supplier of seeds and pesticides in the world. This would result in a market concentration, and concentration of power, in the agricultural sector. Miseror think that is dangerous […]

Awareness campaign on Organic Cultivation

TAWANG, Jul 10: A district level awareness campaign on importance of Organic Cultivation was conducted at deputy commissioners conference hall here on Monday which was attended by HoDs, PRI members and farmers of the district. Speaking during the programme EAC Tawang Lobsang Tsetan highlighted the importance of Organic Farming and how the same is beneficial […]

Not enough done for farming in Nepal for 10 years

If you are from outside Kathmandu and happen to meet Francois Driard, he may surprise you with his questions. Where are you from? he shall ask and most probably, you will name your district. Tell me exactly which place in the district, he will ask you further. Once you give him the exact name, he […]

Scientists request PM to halt GM mustard release

Nagpur: Eighteen scientists from the city have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsing mustard expert Sharad E Pawar’s concerns over flaws in GM crop Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11). They requested the PM not to allow environment ministry to release the hybrid. Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had cleared the crop for commercial cultivation.