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We will encourage industry to invest in organic farming: Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP

Assam, May 22: After running a high-voltage election campaign on the emotive issue of Bangladeshi migrants and then securing a two-thirds majority, BJP’s chief minister-designate Sarbananda Sonowal says land-locked Assam will demand better access to the Chittagong port in Bangladesh to connect to the world. Sonowal, talking to ET Magazine’s Shantanu Nandan Sharma in Guwahati a day […]

Farmers can market organic produce under brand name

Mangaluru, May 22: More than 4,500 organic farmers in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikkamagaluru districts will be able to market produce with their brand names after they receive certificates from Karnataka State Organic Certification Agency (KSOCA). Under a state government’s initiative, a federation comprising 44 societies of organic farmers has been formed in three districts […]

Why not Grow In India, PM?

Nagpur, May 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is growing on the ground in a farm. This Modi has sprouted from traditionally harvested seeds and not genetically modified. This Modi, is spreading the message of ‘Grow In India’ and not ‘Make In India’. He is asking the farmers to go back to old methods of farming […]

Activists want GMO-free and chemical-free India by 2020

Delhi, May 20: A group of activists promoting organic farming launched ‘jaivik kranti’ (organic revolution) against genetically modified crops and use of pesticides in agriculture for protecting biodiversity through a five-year action plan. The group also organised a dialogue today where state government representatives from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana held discussions on […]

Return to Organic

Mirzapur, May 17: My earliest memories of tasting organic fruits go back to my grandmother’s farm in a small Indian town. About two decades ago as I would sit down to savor the most succulent mangoes, with nectary juice dribbling down my chin, dadi would tell me the secret to her sweet mangoes — her […]

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‘Soil awareness, market key to success of organic farming in MP’

Ujjain, May 16: While the Madhya Pradesh government has declared its intentions of promoting organic farming in a big way, experts say that creating awareness about soil nourishment without using chemicals, simplifying of certificate process and providing marketing platform will be the key for successful implementation. Addressing a convention in Ujjain on Friday, chief minister […]

Center for Perishable Cargo will help farmers: Guj CM

Vadodara, May 13: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said the newly inaugurated Centre for Perishable Cargo at the Ahmedabad airport would increase value of agricultural yield and benefit farmers through export of their produce. Speaking at an agriculture fest held yesterday at Navsari, the Chief Minister emphasised, “Farmers should adopt new trends and shift towards […]

‘Organic farming solution for Agri problems’

Ujjain, May 13:  Special emphasis was laid on organic farming by agro experts from India and abroad at Krishi Kumbh during parallel session on the first day of at Ninaura on Thursday. Agriculture experts said that solution to farmers’ agriculture-related problems lie in organic farming. The experts said that multinational companies should not be given […]

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Glamorising an age-old profession

Sangolda, May 12: Professor turned farmer Sandra Fernandes of Green Growth Institute, Sangolda is working hard to not only promote organic farming but farming as a promising career option. If you think tilling the soil, working under the harsh sun and making your hands dirty is not your dream job, then you have to meet […]

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Documentary focuses on India’s organic cotton farming

Berlin, May 11:Water experts and those in the fashion industry are emphasizing the need for a paradigm shift in the cotton value chain, especially in the farms of India. It is estimated that 2.4% of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton and yet it accounts for 24% and 11% of the global sales of […]

Agriculture policy targets bumper income

Gandhinagar, May 10: Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel on Monday said that the new comprehensive Agricultural Business Policy-2016 envisions not doubling of agricultural income in the state, but aims to increase it four times that of current levels. While launching the 12th edition of the state-wide Krishi Mahotsav from Anand and releasing the new Krishi […]

Chilly in the chocolate factory: Togo finds melting fix

Lome, May 11: Organic, fair trade chocolate has proved popular in recent years, especially with ethically minded Western consumers keen to give cocoa farmers around the world a better deal. In Togo a small cooperative has embraced the idea but also stumbled upon a unique selling point in a tropical country where access to refrigerators is […]

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Mad about Millets

Bangaluru, May 11: The word has been touted as a magical elixir ­ one that will blast belly fat, cure your illnesses and generally make you the belle of the healthful ball. But why pay through your nose to eat a crop that’s been shipped all the way from South America when you have a […]

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Fly in the face of Bt cotton

May 7: India grows 95 per cent of its cotton from genetically modified hybrid seeds, which have proved defenceless against pests and weather change, leading to devastating losses Cotton has been cultivated for over 5,000 years in India and traded for nearly as long. Today, more than 95 per cent of the cotton grown in […]

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This is the darkest period of our life

Marathwada, May 7: In the already distressed regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada, another tragedy has gone all but unnoticed: suicides by the children of debt-ridden farmers What would Vishal do today, if he were alive? Perhaps the teenager would fly kites, or play with his friends. Maybe he’d work with his father on the family’s […]