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IFFCO signs MoU with Sikkim govt

IFFCO signed a MoU with Government of Sikkim on Monday with an aim to explore business opportunities in organic value chain. In the new company named SIKKIM-IFFCO, IFFCO will hold majority stake of 51% equity and the Govt of Sikkim will hold 49%. Earlier in April this year, IFFCO MD Dr US Awasthi had during […]

Patanjali, Uttarakhand govt to promote organic farming

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved and Uttarakhand government have decided to collaborate to promote organic farming, tourism and producing medicinal herbal plants in the state. At a meeting, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Baba Ramdev explored the opportunities to work together in areas including establishing herbal villages, promoting consumption of cereals, and […]

A bold move: Road less trodden

Mahesh Kavalaga (32) has a full-time job at Cognizant Technologies in Bengaluru. Despite his well-paying job, he travels every weekend to his villageKawalaga in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. He starts his journey on Friday, does farming for two days and returns back to Bengaluru on Sunday night. After his primary education at his village, Mahesh […]

Tanzania: Organic Farming Gains Popularity

Dar es Salaam The historical background of organic agriculture in Tanzania goes back to the world history of agriculture, when people were farming more traditionally. This is to say modern organic farming still has roots from the first half of the 20th century, when there was growing reliance on non-organic methods. After the industrial revolution […]

Tribal woman pioneers organic farming

Jeypore: Raimati Ghiuria, a tribal woman of Koraput district, has launched a sort of movement by adopting organic methods of farming and encouraging others follow suit. So far, Raimati of Nuaguda village has succeeded in persuading more than 740 farmers to go for organic farming when cultivation has become a daunting task in the absence […]

Know your farmers

From offering micro-credit to farmers to using natural pest repellents, the recent Uzhave Thalai offered many insights into the future of farming. Heres a quick look at what some of the speakers said at the event

Maha govt sweetens the deal for organic farmers

Want to buy organic jamun, palash, and karvi honey? The state forest department has extended a helping hand to the villagers of Maharashtra’s hinterlands for branding and marketing their produce in cities like Mumbai and Pune. This will act as a fresh source of livelihood for people residing in the remote Kandati Khore in Satara […]

Curd Fertiliser Reducing Farming Costs in Bihar

Jagarnath Prasad and Ajit Kumar, both marginal farmers, have reduced their cost of production and increased their income by using a concoction from homemade curd in place of urea as fertiliser on their fields. Both have successfully increased their production of their kharif and rabi crops as well as vegetables, litchi and mango. Jagarnath and […]

Push for vendors of organic veggies & fruits

Until a week ago, R Raji spent her evening hours watching TV serials. Since getting a push-cart, she has been selling vegetables and fruits to customers in Anna Nagar from 5pm to 8pm. She pays no rent for the push-cart and doesn’t have to buy vegetables and fruits from the wholesale market either. They are […]

GMO

Environmental impacts of genetically modified plants: A review

Powerful scientific techniques have caused dramatic expansion of genetically modified crops leading to altered agricultural practices posing direct and indirect environmental implications. Despite the enhanced yield potential, risks and biosafety concerns associated with such GM crops are the fundamental issues to be addressed. An increasing interest can be noted among the researchers and policy makers […]

No policy decision yet on GM mustard crop: Centre to Supreme Court

The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that so far it has not taken any policy decision on the commercial release of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop. A bench comprising Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud considered the statement of Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that the government is […]

Kurukshetras young farmpreneur to get national award

A 31-year-old farmer and entrepreneur Karan Sikri of Dhangali village of Kurukshetra district will get the National Jagjivan Ram Kisan Abhinav award of the Indian Centre of Agriculture Research (ICAR) on Sunday. Karan will receive the prestigious ICAR award from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on the ICAR foundation day. The award […]

Rajasthan not to allow GM mustard even if Centre approves

The Rajasthan government today said it will never allow commercial cultivation of GM mustard even if the Centre approves it, maintaining that its traditional varieties are giving much better yields than the GM crop. Biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has already approved a proposal on genetically modified (GM) mustard variety developed by the […]

Haryana to introduce seed bill: Minister

Gurugram, July 13 (IANS) Haryana Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar on Thursday said that a seed bill will be introduced for the first time in the next session of the state Assembly. Dhankar has instructed his departments officials to prepare a seed bill on the suggestions given by experts in the second session of the two-day […]

IFFCO MD meets farmers on highlands of Leh-Ladakh

Addressing a mammoth gathering of farmers and cooperators in the tough terrain of Leh and Ladakh, IFFCO Managing Director Dr US Awasthi stressed on the need of turning the area into a hub of organic farming. Promising to use every resource at IFFCOs command Awasthi said we should take recourse to traditional method and desist […]