Araku tribals fight deforestation threat with gourmet coffee

Bangkok: Once forbidden by colonialists from cultivating coffee, indigenous people in southern India have won a prestigious award for their bean, which they farm while fighting deforestation. Araku Valley Coffee won gold in the Prix Epicures OR Award in Paris earlier this month. The beans are grown by Adivasis – or “original inhabitants” – of […]

India celebrates the day dedicated to women on farm

15th October is celebrated as National Women Farmer’s Day or Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas’ in India. Every year, on this day of activities and programmes, are organized – mainly to empower women in the field of agriculture. But, before celebrating and discussing the role of women in agriculture, it is necessary for all of us to think about […]

‘Local Food First: Towards Zero Hunger’

DIMAPUR,: Naga women farmers of Phek, Dimapur and Kohima districts along with members of the Self Employed Women Association (SEWA), Nagaland and the North East Network (NEN) have issued the Chizami Declaration, urging the government and local authorities (village councils in particular) to address challenges to indigenous food and farming systems in the context of […]

Agriculture polytechnics ushering in modern farming

Bukkarayasamudram (Anantapur): The five Agriculture Polytechnics in the district are proving to be a great boon to students opting for agriculture sector. The five polytechnics are churning out many high-tech agriculturists every year. The students from agriculture background were being trained in modern methods of farming and being exposed to high-technology farming through exchange programmes […]

Farmers may soon get 20% higher MSP on organic produce

The Indian government is considering bringing organic produce under the minimum support price (MSP) system. This is a great way to encourage pesticide-free farming in the country. It is important to mention that presently there is no support price for the organic produce, except in the state of Sikkim. In a recent meeting, the Agriculture […]

Sikkim shortlisted for organic farming award in Rome

Gangtok: Sikkim has been shortlisted as finalist for the World Future Council award which would be presented in Rome later this month, Director COLABORA, Germany, Bernward Geier informed at  a seminar on ‘Ëxploring the opportunities and identification of areas of co-operation in organic dairy development in the State’ held at Krishi Bhavan in Tadong on […]

Jharkhand emerging as India’s vegetable basket

Jamshedpur/New Delhi: Chief minister Raghubar Das pitched Jharkhand as India’s emerging vegetable basket while calling for investments to set up food processing units during a global agriculture and food summit that the state is slated to host in November. Addressing stakeholders in New Delhi, part of a series of road shows to promote Global Agriculture […]

Radha Mohan calls for Organic Farming Revolution

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh called upon farmers groups, NGOs and other stake holders to adopt organic farming in order to free the soil and environment from deadly chemicals. He asked them to usher in Organic Farming Revolution in the country. Organic farming has the potential to provide livelihood to farmers and create employment […]

Assam-Norway tie-up on raising climate resilient plants

Guwahati : Norway Ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvag on Monday evening called on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Circuit House and discussed with him about collaboration in the field of agriculture, pisciculture, horticulture, power and issues concerning the mutual interests of both Norway and Assam. The Norwegian envoy told Chief Minister Sonowal about his […]

Karnataka to host international trade fair to promote organic agriculture, millets farming

The Karnataka government will hold an international trade fair on organics and millets on January 18, 2019, in Bengaluru to promote them in a big way, a state minister said on Friday. “The three-day fair will pitch Karnataka as the source of organic produce and millets, which are the next-generation smart foods,” said Agriculture Minister […]

Natural farming vital for soil fertility: Himachal Guv

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday said Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is the only way to maintain fertility of soil. Addressing a farmer’s workshop at Gurukul in Kurukshetra in Haryana, Acharya Devvrat said as per the data of agricultural scientists, the land of major agricultural producing states was deteriorating which could only be […]

W Bengal to impart organic farming training to inmates of Midnapore Correctional Home

Kolkata: The state Technical Education, Training and Skill Development department will impart training on organic farming to the inmates of Midnapore Central Correctional Home (MCCH), with the objective of making their integration into society easier and at the same time, equip them to be employable. “The state Correctional Administration department will soon submit a formal […]

Organic farming to be theme of Global Agro Summit

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that the Global Agriculture Summit scheduled to be organized on November 29 and 30 in Ranchi will be based on ‘Organic Farming’ theme. The CM, while holding a high-level meeting on the summit and preparations for State Foundation Day on November 15 here on Wednesday asked officials to make […]

Rs 25 crore for organic farming, says HP minister

UNA Himachal Pradesh Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar on Tuesday said the state government was spending Rs 25 crore for the promotion of organic farming during the financial year. Addressing farmers during a training workshop organised by the Agriculture Department on organic farming in Raipur Maidan panchayat of Bangana, the minister called upon farmers to […]

Manipur trying to achieve organic status

Manipur is trying to achieve the “organic status” by not using fertilizers while farming. As fertilizers are one of the factors that bring health hazard, the Agriculture minister of Manipur is on all out effort so that farmers stop using fertilizers. Manipur Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar appealed today to the farmers in […]

Chemical farming contributing to climate change: Vandana Shiva

Environmental activist Vandana Shiva on Monday highlighted the hazards of chemical farming, saying this has generated a lot of problems and is also contributing to climate change. She also called for giving up chemical farming and suggested promoting organic farming to face the challenge. Speaking at a session in the three-day global summit-cum-expo on science, spirituality […]

Thanesar adopted to promote organic farming

Kurukshetra, Kesni Anand Arora, Assistant Chief Secretary (ACS), Revenue, on Friday said the Thanesar block in the district would be developed as a model of organic farming. After inaugurating a sale counter of organic produces at Sector 7, Arora said Thanesar was adopted on the directions of the chief minister to boost chemical-free farming.