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When paddy fails, millet wins

Annie Philip PUDUCHERRY, October 24, 2014 S. Janaki, a farmer, laughs when she says she is unsure of what to do with the extra time that she now has. “Earlier, I used to have back problems because of the tiring labour involved in paddy cultivation. Now, I find working in the field much easier and […]

A deadly cocktail

Thursday October 23, 2014 Adil Hussain What pesticides are doing to Assam tea I can still remember Pratima Barua’s song on tea garden workers who left their homes in Odisha and Bihar to pluck tea leaves in the gardens of Assam, to give the world the famous Assam tea. I also recall the breathtaking, neatly […]

Kakojan College to begin organic farming

TNN | Oct 23, 2014 JORHAT: Hoping to train students, alumni and farmers in the basics of organic farming, Kakojan College in Jorhat district has begun an organic farming project on land belonging to the institute. Located in the Kakojan area, about 15 km from the district headquarters here, the college launched the project this […]

Centre launches organic farming scheme in J&K

Vishwa Mohan,TNN Oct 19, 2014,   NEW DELHI: As part of the Centre’s grand plan to convert the hilly areas of the country as exclusive zones of high-value organic farm products, the government on Saturday launched a scheme to encourage farmers in J&K to cultivate scientifically tested and commercially beneficial aromatic and medicinal plants in […]

India agrees to support Nepal

KATHMANDU, OCT 16 – India has agreed to support Nepal in implementing organic farming and soil health cards. The soil health card, which is widely implemented in India, is particularly a crop-wise recommendation of nutrients and fertilisers required for farms, so that farmers can use inputs accordingly and raise the productivity. The plan was announced […]

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Gateway to fair prices

Venkat Iyer Grower and buyer find each other directly on the Eco-Farmers Market info-exchange portal Maridesi Here Gowda of Mandya District, Karnataka, has for seven years now grown sugarcane without using pesticides on his two acres and produced organic jaggery. But selling it has been a challenge each year and it often goes for a […]

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Popularising the organic way

Shimoga, October 9, 2014 Veerendra P.M. Fast food and fast lifestyle are blamed for many health ailments. Inspired by the ‘slow food movement’ initiated by Italian journalist Carlo Petrini against the fast-food culture promoted by multinational companies, Eshwaran P. Teertha, a small farmer from Kudligere village in Bhadravathi taluk has ventured to popularise traditional cuisines […]

Organic Route

SUSAN PARAJULI The use of chemicals in agriculture is rampant. Chemicals are used to supplement deficit elements to assist plant growth but farmers heavily depend on chemicals for all aspects of agriculture. Everyone knows about the harm caused by chemicals in agriculture to humans and the entire environment but this issue has yet to be […]

India lacks credible system for certifying organic foods

A K Tripathy Thursday, October 09, 2014 Our Bureau, New Delhi India lacks a credible certification system for organic foods. This was stated by A K Tripathy, joint secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, at the fourth National Conference on Organic Farming, organised by the Associated Chambers of Commere and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in […]

Now, pesticides in organic veggies

Study Conducted As Part Of Agriculture Varsity’s ‘Safe To Eat’ Programme Let’s face it. Not all organic vegetables are safe. Some vegetables being sold under the ‘organically farmed’ tag were found containing pesticides during tests. The finding is by Kerala Agriculture University (KAU). While it found pesticide residues above permissible limits in long beans, ivy […]

Pre-Diwali Khadi & Handloom festival

Restore invites you to a Pre-Diwali Khadi & Handloom festival Saturday October 11th 2014 Featuring: a new Tula range of Desi bio-cotton fabric and garments for men and women with a focus on korra (unbleached) cotton – grown, woven and designed in Karnataka. women’s tops, off-white denim fabric and thick off-white fabric suitable for making […]

Date Saturday October 11th 2014

Time 10 am to 6 pm

DM proposes special organic farming zone

Priyangi Agarwal, TNN | Oct 5, 2014 BAREILLY: The district magistrate has submitted to the state chief secretary a proposal that 50 hectares of land in Bareilly be set aside as a Special Organic Zone (SOZ). There is increasing demand for organic products internationally as well as in the domestic market, and that demand is […]

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Cow urine is new organic pesticide

DC | U. Sudhakar Reddy Hyderabad: Farmers in Guntur district are using fermented cow urine mixed with neem leaves extract as organic pesticide. The Gir breed of cows from Gujarat is preferred for this purpose, as it is believed that its milk and urine have more medicinal and insecticidal properties respectively. A. Sanjeeva Reddy of […]

India: Ludhiana to get its own food processing unit

Payal Dhawan, TNN | Sep 27, 2014, The Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) will open its centre of food processing unit in Ludhiana on the campus of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), announced union minister for food processing industry Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday. Badal was in the city for the national seminar on […]