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

Dear All, I would like to inform you all that on 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 […]

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 […]

GM crops: PM revealed his assertive self to push for trials

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi  April 14, 2014 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can be assertive when he chooses to. He has certainly imposed his will on the government to push the case for the controversial genetically-modified (GM) food crops. Documents reviewed by Business Standard show, for almost two years, Singh and his office have been […]

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 Asin, who is quite fond of adventure sports, recently had a blast while on a vacation to Bali. A source said while in Bali, Asin indulged in water sports like jet skiing, snorkeling and sea walking. Asin added, “Bali is one of my favourite travel destinations. I am a complete water baby […]

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 […]

BJP vows 50% profits to farmers, careful release of GM crops

It also pledged to reform the APMC Act and to revise the existing PDS Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi   April 7, 2014 BJP today promised ensuring 50% profits over the cost of production to farmers and committed not to allow cultivation of GM food crops in the country without full scientific assessment, if […]

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 […]

Supreme Court to hear GM crops litigation on 22 April

First Published: Tue, Apr 01 2014 The apex court had set up a six-member technical expert committee while hearing a petition against field trials of GM crops. New Delhi: The Supreme Court has pushed back its hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) on controversial genetically modified (GM) crops from Tuesday to 22 April, Rajesh […]

Karnataka bans Bt cotton seeds following large-scale crop failures

Aparna Pallavi Date:Mar 31, 2014 Seed company, Mahyco, offered Rs 10 crore compensation to farmers when losses were to the tune of Rs 230 crore. It is finally out in the open. Bt cotton has failed miserably to deliver in Karnataka. Following large-scale crop failure on a whopping 58,195 hectares (ha) in seven districts in […]

‘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. […]

Indians consuming imported GM-processed food, parliamentary panel says

Vishwa Mohan, TNN | Mar 29, 2014 NEW DELHI: India doesn’t allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops but Indians may well be consuming GM processed food- knowingly or un-knowingly. A Parliamentary panel has brought this out in the open by pointing out shortcomings in the functioning of the Food Safety and Standards Authority […]

Mahyco Bt cotton seeds banned

Haveri, March 27, 2014, DHNS: The Agriculture department has banned sale of Bt cotton seeds by Maharashtra Hybrid Company (Mahyco), in the State. Due to the substandard quality of seeds supplied by Mahyco, the kharif crops had failed in Haveri, Chitradurga, Dharwad, Belgaum, and Bellary in 2013, triggering protests by the farmers in these districts. Till […]

Can organic farming save us from overexposure to pesticides?

March 27, 2014 Organic produce is unlike its conventionally-grown counterpart. Careful steps are taken to ensure every carrot, strawberry, beet, potato or head of lettuce is cultivated using organic, time-tested practices, like spreading house-made fertilizer on crops or irrigating from open creeks. Such methods differ from those of so-called factory farms, where pesticides and other […]

Magic with Millets event

Please see the invite for the Magic with Millets event – a discourse and tasting session from 3 pm to 6 pm on 3rd April 2014. Mark your dates in your diary… Also the Organic Mela this month from 3rd to 5th April 2014…at YMCA Hall, Statue… Buy your Sure Organic Products HERE ! Regards […]

Date 3rd to 5th April 2014

Time 3 pm to 6 pm

AP Woman wins National Award

Fri, Mar 28, 2014 Karra Shashikala from Nalgonda, who used bio gas to generate electricity for her field, received the Mahindra Samriddhi Krishi Prerna Samman – Farmer of the Year Award (female) at the recently concluded Mahindra Samriddhi India Agri Awards 2014 held in Delhi.Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s farm equipment sector recently announced the winners […]

Spices Board staff set up organic farm

Our Bureau Kochi, March 24: Laying an inspiration to Government employees in the State, Spices Board India has set up an organic farm at its head office here. The initiative, assisted by the Kerala State Horticulture Mission, aims at promotion of organic farming. The function held at Spices Board Head office was inaugurated by Spices Board Chairman A Jayathilak by […]

Modi sits on fence on GM food

JAIDEEP HARDIKAR Dabhadi, March 23: Narendra Modi has cleaved an opening in the farm fence, just as he has left ajar the door to the retail store. Modi last week took his advocacy of genetically modified (GM) crops to a Vidarbha belt scarred by farmers’ suicides but skirted a direct question on his stand on […]

‘Govt nod for GM crop field trials violates EC guidelines’

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  March 22, 2014 A farmers’ body affiliated to the CPI(M) today criticised the decision of the GEAC to revalidate the field trials for ten varieties of Genetically Modified Food Crops and sought the Election Commission’s intervention to “stall the undemocratic move.” “This decision is a bonanza given on […]