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Selflessly waiting in his wings

Pune, April 26: A farmer from Chikhali has become inspiration for many as he has reserved half an acre of his pearl millet harvest just for birds, even when he is struggling with the drought. In Chikhali, birds flocking the farm of 67-year-old Dnyanoba More has become an inspiration for many. At a time, when […]

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A success story in parched Bundelkhand

Bundelkhand, April 26: In the parched, brown landscape of Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, where hundreds of distressed farmers have taken their lives in the past few decades or have been forced to migrate, Prem Singh’s farm is an exception. In the fabulous green farm, there is plenty for everyone: abundance of water-bodies for animals to drink […]

Water crisis, organic farming in poll manifestos

Kolkata, April 26: Effective management of land erosion and water and promoting organic farming are some of the key features in sustainable development and ecological protection agenda showcased in manifestos by political parties, perhaps for the first time, in the fray for assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and the union territory […]

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Why is Modi govt so diffident on agriculture policy?

Ahmedabad, April 26: The Narendra Modi government may be moving ahead on Make In India and a host of other catchily named schemes but in the vital area of agriculture, its policies are, at worst, backward-looking and, at best, incoherent. A grinding drought has brought India’s farm sector, which supports 49% of India’s workforce and […]

Training under PKVY programme held

Imphal, April 25 2016: Farmers’ training programme on cluster organic farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), was held today at Moirangpurel, Imphal East . The programme was organized by the Department of Agriculture under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India. Representatives from Green Foundation (a certified NGO working on organic farming) and […]

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Ciao NYC, hola Organic Farming!

Mysuru, April 25: The pull of New York City is undoubtedly unparalleled. Most people would trade half their fortune to even visit the Big Apple without a second thought. And then there are the odd ones like Anjali Rudraraju, who left her high-paying, corporate job in New York to come back and live a simple […]

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From barren land to an organic farm

Chennai, April 23: Three years ago, when Prathima Ganeshram was sipping her cuppa in the evening, the idea of transforming her 12-acre barren land into an organic farm struck her. For a woman born into an agricultural family, this was not surprising. She drew inspiration from the writings of G. Nammazhvar, an organic farming scientist, […]

Traditional Oil Mills, almost dying

April 23: ​About 100 years ago there were 4 to 5 Lakh Ghanis in the country meeting the oil needs of the country; by independence even though the number remained the same, the production was halved owing to the advent of expellers and industries. Now they are on the verge of extinction. Cold Pressed Oils […]

Seeds of drought

April 20: The United Nations has designated April 22 to be International Mother Earth Day. It is also the day when the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv commences in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Kumbh is India’s festival of creation, the biggest party on earth, for the earth. This mega festival attracts more than 30 million people and takes […]

Agrarian crisis force 341 AP farmers to end life

Hyderabad, April 19: With two consecutive agricultural seasons failing them, farmers in Andhra Pradesh are under severe financial stress. As many as 341 farmers ended their lives with debts mounting in the last six months. Farmers in the Anantapur, Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur districts are the worst hit with almost half of all deaths. A […]

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Debal Deb, India’s rice warrior, finds rice species containing medicinal properties

Ahmedabad, April 16: Nicknamed “India’s Rice Warrior”, a plant scientist-turned-farmer, Dr Debal Deb on Saturday said he has discovered a traditional rice variety from West Bengal that contains “silver” and has medicinal properties. Addressing an audience at a private management school where 1200 traditional varieties of rice conserved by Deb since 1996 are on display, the […]

How India is Adapting Worldwide Dietary Guidelines for its Diverse Citizens

India, April 22: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has long served as America’s nutritional expert, issuing information on healthy eating and the nutritional benefits of food groups. The USDA periodically updates these guidelines as new information about food becomes available. Sometimes, changes occur because previously held notions about foods are shown to be incorrect. […]

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Organic farming gaining popularity in Anantapur

Raptadu (Anantapur), April 22: The district is in for a major organic revolution with the department of Agriculture taking the lead and initiative to wean away farmers from excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides and the disastrous effects of chemical residues on vegetables and fruits apart from air and water pollution, that is causing cancer to […]

Mgmt students key to developed India

Shillong, April 20: Union minister of state (independent charge) for the development of northeastern region (DoNER), MoS PMO, personnel, public grievances, pensions, atomic energy and space, Jitendra Singh, attributed key potential to young management trainees in the Startup India Standup India campaign.Addressing the graduation ceremony of the management programme in public policy (MPPP) by the […]

India: Extreme heat affecting mangoes

April 21: The king of fruits has arrived on the markets and costs upwards of `54 a kilo. While this is the case at Hopcoms, other vendors are selling the fruits at a much higher price. As of Sunday, the prices of mangoes at Hopcoms outlets start at `54 for a kilo of the Sindura […]

Farmer’s son propagating integrated farming model

Nagpur, April 15: It took him some years to realize that his engineering education would not help solve the basic problems of farmers. But once it struck him, he took a management course in social sciences in the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), returned home and started integrated farming concept among farmers in Chandrapur […]

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Sikh bodies serve organic ‘langar’

Amritsar, April 13: For the first time, two international organisations —Eco Sikh and Akhand Kirtani Jatha — will serve organic ‘langar’ to devotees on the occasion of Baisakhi. It will continue till April 14. The project administrator of Eco Sikh Gurjit Singh said, “It is our campaign to set up a direct producer-consumer set-up. To […]

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India’s warming up to organic farming

India, April 13: As Indians grow more health conscious and aware of the effects of harmful chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers, the market for organic food products is witnessing a surge. Until a few years ago, export was the only option for organic farmers of India. Now, the domestic market, although at a nascent stage, is […]

Fresh off the farms

Chennai, April 11: For the last two years, Deepa and Vijay Kothari have been growing vegetables and grains on their farm near Ponneri. While the fresh produce met all their daily needs, last Sunday, the couple experienced the thrill of selling it at a farmer’s market.  “We wanted to get more exposure for our produce […]

Chemical fertilizers harming Bharat Mata

Nagpur, April 11: Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram and BJP Kisan Morcha chief Vijaypal Singh Tomar have appealed to farmers to not use chemical fertilizers and chemical pesticides as these were harming the soil. “The soil that produces crops and sustains life is Bharat Mata. Today, the widespread use of chemicals in agricultural is damaging […]