Ofai Organic World Congress

Tucked away in a tiny village, 154 paddy variants

B.K. Deva Rao has dedicated five acres of his agricultural land in the serene Mittabagilu village of coastal Karnataka to just one purpose preserving different varieties of paddy. The varieties he preserves have grown over a period of three-and-a-half decades to 154. In his village, about 16 km from Ujire in Dakshina Kannada, Mr. Deva […]

Contamination levels show falling trend in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 13 of the 50 vegetables available in markets across the State and 11 of the 28 spices and condiments commonly used by households across the State are laced with pesticides, despite the overall downward trend in the contamination of staple edibles. The 2016 annual report of the Pesticide Residue Research and […]

Radha Mohan Singh inaugurates Indian Seed Congress 2017

KOLKATA: The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh spoke about National Farmer Policy of the Union Government and said that the objective of this policy is to accelerate agricultural output, develop infrastructural facilities in the villages, promote value addition, expedite the growth of agro-business, create employment in the rural areas, […]

Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

The most infamous fact about organic food is that its expensiveabout 47% more expensive, according to a recent analysis from Consumer Reports. But a new review study published in Nature Plants analyzed everything research currently knows about organic farming versus the conventional kind and found that organic offers a lot of good that outweighs its […]

Governments organic farming dream for NE turns messy

New Delhi: The governments much-touted plan to develop the Northeast region as the countrys organic farming hub has run into rough weather. The charge for the organic farming plan has been taken away from the ministry for development of north-eastern region (DoNER) and given to the agriculture and farmers welfare ministry. The DoNER ministry has […]

RSS chief hails organic farming cause for agri produce growth

Hoshangabad (MP), Feb 9 (PTI) Advocating organic farming, RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat today said the practice is not only environment-friendly but it also enhances production of crops. Organic farming is not only environment friendly but it enhances crop production, the RSS chief said at a function in Govind Nagar of Bunkhedi region in the district. […]

Helping children understand food production from the scratch

In an attempt to encourage a change in food habits, Yugaa, an all-women social welfare organisation, held a sensitisation programme Nam Unavu Nam Kayil (Our Food in Our Hands) for students at the Arokiamatha Matric School in Karumandapam in Trichy on Tuesday. Attended by over 500 students of classes 7,8,9 and 11, the morning programme […]

Tribal farmers trained in organic farming methods

BHADRADRI-KOTHAGUDEM: In an effort to encourage tribal farmers take up organic farming the Horticulture Department organised a day-long training in eco-friendly, organic methods of cultivation of vegetables for tribal farmers in the district. The Horticulture Department organised a training programme on preparation and application of vermicompost and other eco-friendly farming practices at the departments nursery […]

Crusader of organic farming

Times are changing and things do not seem to be happening for good. With the changing times, climatic conditions are also changing thanks to the callousness of the modern generation. In the mad rush for modernisation and urbanisation, people are utterly disregarding the Mother Earth and digging their own graves. Agricultural sector also is facing […]

Lights, camera, farm

Pawan Kalyan, Prakash Raj, Naresh and producer Chintalapuri Srinivasa Rao have one thing in common apart from acting organic farming. Though it is a revenue-generating business, the income they receive may not match the actors status, but no ones complaining. These stars are using this as a platform to create awareness about organic farming. Senior […]

Giving our business to India

By Gerald Pilger Once again my perception of our agricultural industry has been rocked by international travel. This time it was a visit to India in December that challenged my perception of organic production and marketing. First on my list was a cashew processor in Mangalore on Indias west coast. Canadians might be taken aback […]