Jaiva Karshikolsavam 2019

Organic Kerala Charitable Trust is organising the 14th Edition of its Annual Organic Fair from April 4th to 7th, 2019 at Azeezia Organics, Padivattom, Ernakulam. The event is hosted in partnership with leading Educational institutions in Kochi, viz Sacred Heart College Thevara, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences and St. Teresa’s College, along with other organizations […]

Date 4th April 2019 to 7th April 2019

Ancient farming techniques in rural India

The people of Durdih village, in the state of Bihar, India, have a simple existence close to nature, but the encroachment of paved roads and merchants peddling plastic-wrapped snacks has led to some unwelcome changes. The village has a long history of indigenous farming practices in which the cow is the centre of all agriculture.  A significant amount of […]

DBU hosts second Kisan Mela

Khanna  Desh Bhagat University’s IEDC department organised 2nd Kisan Mela on the campus on Friday. The event was organised by the agriculture and food processing incubator of DBU-IEDC. The event provided a platform to farmers and agricultural experts to interact and share their knowledge about latest techniques, equipment and subsidiary occupations. University Chancellor Dr Zora […]

Seeds of change

Organic farming needs state support to become the norm rather than exception A BusinessLine report (March 5) features Rahibai Popere, an adivasi farmer of Ahmadnagar district, who has conserved about 43 varieties in the case of 17 crops (paddy, hyacinth, millets, pulses, oilseeds, among others) by establishing a germplasm conservation centre. Having resisted hybrid seeds […]

Organic farming is proving a big plus for climate-hit farmers

As climate change brought less predictable weather, farmers Deepankar Mandal and Sanjib Mandal used to struggle with growing uncertainty about whether they would get a crop each season. “Rains have become erratic, insufficient or wrongly timed,” said Deepankar. “The crops failed, the water table got lower each year (and) there were newer pests attacking our […]

Gurugram’s new age farmers

In Gurugram, urban farmers are attracting attention and urban farming has found a new meaning and definition. In the cyber city, over 200  organisational heads, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, professionals, teachers and social workers have taken on lease small farmlands where they are themselves  growing tradition fruits, vegetables and grains and various exotic plants. Community organic […]

Neha Upadhyaya makes the nation proud

Delhi girl Neha Upadhyaya is going to Yale University after being selected as 2019 World Fellow.  She is among 16 such talented people selected by Yale for its signature international leadership development initiative. This social entrepreneur chose a path to empower women from backward classes. So she founded an organization – Guna in 2014 and […]

NAFED: Going the organic route

In an attempt to diversify its revenue channels, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has ventured into the production of bio-fertilisers, organic products and certified seeds. The managing director of the company, Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, talks to Ankita Saxena about the company’s growth plans After a stellar performance in the last three […]

iD Fresh, takes the organic leap

India’s largest fresh food brand is all set to conquer new frontiers. After over a decade of successfully providing nutritious South Indian breakfasts to millions of people, iD Fresh announced today its next big disruption in the food space. iD has entered into the fast-evolving organic food market, with a sharp focus on accessibility and […]

Grows 200 native veggies in 2 acres

Sangita’s father was one among the million who fled their homes during partition. “It wasn’t until class eight that he got his first pair of shoes. He walked barefoot to school, leaping from shadow to shadow to prevent his feet from burning in the scorching sun. Even when he retired, he would joke that he […]

Essential to manage crop residue: Experts

Samrala, An agricultural awareness camp was organised at Salana Bet village to promote in-situ crop residue management by the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Machhiwara Sahib. The event was held under supervision of Block Agriculture Officer Dr Manjit Singh. Agriculture Development Officer Dr Gagandeep Singh gave thorough information regarding paddy straw management and importance […]

KAU to form department for organic farming

The annual meeting of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) General Council has approved vote on account of ₹206.68 crore for the first quarter of 2019-20. Vice Chancellor R. Chandra Babu, who chaired the meeting, said that an abstract of the budget estimate and vote on account were presented in the background of the model code of […]

Grandson inspires granpa to grow organic veggies

Twenty-five years ago, Dr Ravindra Kulkarni and his wife decided to move to India after spending more than 22 years together in the US. Dr Kulkarni, who is now 71, had moved to the Big Apple to complete his education from Columbia University. His late mother’s dying wish also influenced this decision. The couple eventually […]

From the Northeast, on a spices trail

The Northeast of India, once famed for its big cardamom, ginger and turmeric, is fast spreading its wings with black pepper beginning to take deep roots in places such as Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur. The yields are good and the farmers are excited about the prospects, says Akali Sema, professor of horticulture […]