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Organic board staff stir hits certification process

Dehradun, June 23: The process of certification of several organic farmers has been delayed as the field employees of the Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board are on a strike for the past 10 days because of the non-payment of salaries for months. They have also been demanding regularisation of service. The field employees are 52 in number. […]

Maharashtra to distribute indigenous seeds among farmers

Mumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) To promote organic farming and curb uncontrolled use of pesticides, Maharashtra government will distribute seeds of “desi” cotton varieties for cultivation to farmers in suicide-prone Yavatmal district tomorrow. The project, being undertaken jointly with Central Institute for Cotton Research and P K agriculture University will cover 100 tribal farmers. “The seeds […]

WB Govt promoting ‘Home Stays’ to attract tourists

Kolkata, Jun 15: In order to boost ‘home tourism’ in Bengal, the state government has decided to promote organic farming in areas promoting home stays for tourists. “Two thousand rooms and increasing, home stays are the new craze for tourists visiting north Bengal. Home tourism in Darjeeling Hills is set to get another boost. The […]

Don’t use spurious seeds, farmers told

Shivamogga, Jun 15: With the onset of monsoon in the district, farmers have gotten busy sowing seeds in all seven taluks here. Maize is the main crop grown in Shikaripur, Sorab, Shivamogga and Bhdravathi main taluks. Farmers have been advised by the agricultural department not to use spurious and cheap quality seeds for sowing. Small and […]

Union Agricultural Minister encourages organic farming

Shillong, Jun 15: Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh has highlighted the achievements of his ministry on the second anniversary of NDA government in office. During the interaction via-video conferencing with journalists of Meghalaya yesterday, Mr Singh, along with officials of the Agriculture ministry, stressed on the need to promote organic farming even as […]

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Telangana Minister bats for organic farming

Karimnagar, Jun 12: Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said the government is committed to uplift the lives of farmers. Inaugurating Horticulture Polytechnic building complex worth Rs 1.05 crore and Krishi Vignana Kendra building worth Rs 95 crore at Ratnagiri village under Kamanpur mandal on Saturday, the Minister said the government will provide 100 per cent […]

Farmers get training in Group-Led-Extension

Ludhiana, Jun 10: The farm experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) emphasized on strengthening the research-extension-farmer-marketing linkages during the two-day training course on “Role of Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Development” and “Group-Led-Extension,” which concluded in the University on Friday. The course was conducted under the guidance of R.S. Sidhu, Director of Extension Education, PAU. Agriculture […]

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Fresh initiatives to revive desi cotton

Chennai, June 19: Ask any cotton farmer and he will tell you that there is no market for desi cotton that comes in many varieties, including Kurunganni from Tamil Nadu, Pondru from Andhra Pradesh, Magad and Kaala from Gujarat, Jayadhar and Pandharapur from Karnataka. Malathi, wife of a farmer from Nagapattinam district, recalls how they […]

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Paddy farmers in India need Income Parity and not Charity

Resolution from the paddy farmers convention at the “Nel Thiruvizha” ( National level paddy festival) at Adhirengam, Thiruthiraipoondi, Tamilnadu, 4th and 5th June 2016 Paddy farmers in India need Income Parity and not Charity. The pathetically low Minimum Support Price (MSP) declared by Central Government is unacceptable. We demand Rs 5,100 per quintal MSP for […]

6 months’ (free) certificate course on Agroecology in Calcutta University

Applications are invited for admission into a 6 months’ certificate course in Agroecology to be organized by the Centre for Pollination Studies in collaboration with Norwegian University of Life Science. This is an innovative course and involves classroom teaching in parallel with on farm learning and assignments. Eligible candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in science from a recognized […]

Date 1 st September, 2016

BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC trade fair

It is our privilege to invite you to the eight edition of ‘Asia’s largest International Organic trade fair and Conference Program’ – ‘BioFach India together with India Organic-2016 (BIIO)’, organized by Nurnberg Messe, Germany International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, (ICCOA) India. Every year the event comprises of a hi-quality exhibition from leading companies in […]

Date 10th Nov to 12th Nov, 2016

Time 10 am onwards

Fatorda MLA announces farmers market

Margao, Jun 8: Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai announced plans to set up a ‘Farmers Market’ so that the farmers of Fatorda are provided with an avenue to market the produce that they grow locally in Fatorda. Speaking after distributing paddy seeds to farmers of his constituency at a function held at Fatorda, he said that traditional farmers from Fatorda […]

Mysureans throng organic mango mela

Mysuru, Jun 4: The organic mango mela organised by Dhatu Organics and Naturals at Kuvempunagar is attracting visitors in droves. The mela, which was inaugurated by Krishnaraja MLA M K Somashekar attracted more than 300 people on the first day. Different variety of mangoes like kesar, alphonso, banganapalli, mallika, badami and tothapuri, which are ripened […]

Stand-up sessions spreading organic farming

Ubballi, June 4: Stand-up comedy shows have been popular in the state in recent years. They have been part and parcel of many family and social gatherings to enthrall audience. Seeing their popularity, a farmer has coined `Stand-up organic sessions’ to relieve farmers from financial crisis. He is addressing farmers’ fraternity during marriages, birthdays and […]

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Transforming lives by transforming practices

Devangere, May “Natural systems have a remarkable tendency to renew and transform in continuous cycles. As farmers, we get to work along with these cycles and leave nature to flourish on its own. It will slow down or speed up, according to its own needs,” says Raghava. Natural farming is based on human-intervention-and-interference-free agricultural practices. […]

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On an organic quest

Metroplus, May 31: There’s an annoying self-satisfied swagger about hipster organic stores. The ones with artfully-lit, Instagram-ready baskets of fastidiously rustic fruit. Exotic vegetables flaunting back-stories more romantic than anything you could ever find on Tinder. Boasting “lovingly hand-pounded, responsibly made, locally grown, ethically produced, vegan, wild honey-laced” obscure breakfast cereals that taste like diligently […]