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Organic change

The need for change in our existing food production system to secure a sustainable future is increasingly being felt. India is unique with its large number of farmers and consumers and holds promise in achieving a food system which is socially just, economically feasible and environmentally sound. Organic Farming is the most suitable and viable […]

The USDA Tweaks Its Definition Of “Organic”

Words like “organic” and even “free-range” are more marketing language than anything else, but now the Department of Agriculture has changed that a bit. A new rule establishes stricter USDA criteria for foods labeled “organic.” The new rule won’t be completely implemented until March 2018, which gives farming operations time to adjust to the new […]

Neem oil is the strongest organic spray

BENGALURU: Who knew one could actually cultivate pomegranate on a roof top? A 39-year-old rooftop gardener, who has made it a point to eat poison-free food, grows his own fruits and vegetables. Sanjeev Jaganmohan Anand Rao also maintains a seed bank which presently consists of 70 varieties of native seeds. Sanjeev believes in organic gardening, […]

Empowering small-scale farmers through peer-review certification

Organic products are known to promote safety to human health and the environment. While demands have increased, organic products are still considered non-mainstream, partly because of limited supply and higher retail prices, which are around 20-30% more than farm products harvested using chemical fertilisers and pesticides. One factor that drives up the cost of organic […]

North East Seed Biodiversity Festival 2017

Development Research Communication and Services Centre, Kolkata, Centre for Research on Rainfed Farming System & Dryland Agriculture, Tripura and Promass, Agartala in collaboration with Tripura Biodiversity Board invite you to participate in the North East Seed Biodiversity Festival cum Workshop

Date 29th January to 30th January 2017

Spinach in Hyderabad markets laced with insecticides

HYDERABAD: Spinach, well known for its rich iron content, comes laced with insecticides in Hyderabad as found by a study published recently by researchers from the Department of Entomology at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University. To carry out the study, researchers G Geetha and C Sreenivas, collected samples of spinach from three main vegetable […]

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Malnad Mela

The theme this year is traditional seeds and cuisine, and transformation/healing. While our endeavour calls for a celebration, we are also aware of the many depressing issues in these times. We are more invested than ever to find new and creative pathways to keep forging ahead with peace and deep strength.

Date 21 January to 22 January 2017

Time 11am - 6pm

All pesticides harmful; Govt bans only a few

The decision to ban 18 pesticides in India brings hope, but it should be extended to include all the pesticides which are banned or restricted elsewhere but are still used in India. The Centre has issued an order Banning of Pesticides Order, 2016 to ban manufacture, import, formulate, transport, sell and use of 18 of […]

PAN India welcomes Pesticide ban order

The decision to ban 18 pesticides in India brings hope, but it should be extended to include all the pesticides banned/restricted elsewhere and still used in India Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India welcomes the decision by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, to ban manufacture, import, formulate, transport, sell and use […]

SC orders pesticide payout

New Delhi, Jan. 10: The Supreme Court today ordered the Kerala government to pay Rs 500 crore within three months to over 5,000 people who lost family members or suffered deformities and other health complications from the use of endosulfan pesticides. A bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar also expressed the hope that the […]

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3rd National Biodiversity Congress 2017

National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) is one of the important biodiversity mega events of India conducted as a biennial event. The third NBC 2017 to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India from 22nd to 26th February 2017 is governed by a national advisory committee comprising of experts in the field of biodiversity conservation. The congress includes […]

Date 22nd to 26th February 2017

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Students grow organic food in UAE

Students, teachers and parents of an Indian school in Ajman have produced 1,500kg of vegetables in the school’s farm last year, utilising more than an acre of cultivable land developed in the desert environment. Habitat School, a two-year-old Indian school in Ajman, recently made its third harvest in two years, in which students and teachers […]

Pesticide levels in soft drinks too high

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Wednesday came out with a new report on the levels of pesticides in soft drinks available in the market. The report indicated the presence of an average of three to five different pesticides in all the samples, 24 times higher than the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) […]

Notebandi takes the sauce out of Nashiks tomatoes

On Christmas morning, barely 24 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the Rs. 3,600 crore Shivaji statue in Mumbai, Yashwant and Hirabai Bendkule were slashing and uprooting the tomato vines on their farm in Dhondegaon village of Maharashtras Nashik district, just 200 kilometres away.Since over a month, tomato prices have collapsed. […]

New Year, New Trends

It is the New Year 2017. The world now harks back to the beginning of civilization and culture and agriculture itself looking back to the times of Cain and Abel, gathering fruit from the forests and tending to animals organically. The concept of food forests and analog forestry is getting popular as the era of […]

Farmers Notebook: New Farming App to Help Farmers

A group of scientists at the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), working at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Malappuram have developed a new mobile application named FEM@Mobile for agriculture. The application contains information about 100 crops included in the package recommended by KAU. It is available on the Google play store under the key word KVK […]

Organic farming gains ground in Sundargarh

SUNDARGARH:Active use of indigenous seeds and organic products in various gram panchayats (GPs) of Balishankara and Sadar blocks has prompted the Agriculture Department to consider including the blocks in Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana. Several tribal farmers of the two blocks have been experimenting with indigenous seeds and organic farming with help from Sundargarh-based Centre for […]

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Goa Govt Pays Farmers to Go Organic

Its a sunny day at Rosie and Peter’s Kitchen Garden and Food Forest in Anjuna, a village in the coastal state of Goa, India. Long after the harsh summer, a torrential coastal monsoon, and the dreaded October heat have come and gone the farm reveals abundance. Verdant, almost overgrown, it requires careful navigating over ridges […]

Go native in your veggie garden

CHENNAI: In this health-conscious world, amateur gardeners are a growing tribe. And they need natural fertilisers and native seeds. But city stores usually keep hybrid or GM varieties. Enter Hariyalee Farm with 560 varieties of native seeds. The farm is run by Varun Prabhakar, 28, a mechanical engineer who left his job in the US […]

Organic farming gives push to Palghar farmers

Palghar (Maharashtra): From travelling to Vasai which is 50 kms away to work as a farm labourer to owning a farm that earns him a livelihood and also feeds his family of 12, it has been a remarkable six-year journey for Pandu Kashinath Gagnde. And the magic mantra is organic farming, says the 42-year-old tribal […]