Ofai Organic World Congress

Centre promoting organic farming: Radha Mohan Singh

BERHAMPUR: India has witnessed a visible change after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, his initiatives not only developed the country but has also assured uplift of rural poor and womenfolk, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. Addressing a gathering at Digapahandi on Sunday, Singh said around 80 per cent population of the country […]


Malnad Mela

Vanastree is a small collective dedicated to promoting forest garden biodiversity and food security through the conservation of traditional seeds.

Date 21st June 2017

Time 10.30 A.M.

GM mustard will not drive oil revolution: Experts

By Dharshini Ramanaa In a well-attended conferenceon Saturdayat Anna University in Chennai on the sides of three-day Seed festival, experts from various walks of life sought to throw light on why they were wary of Genetically Modified Mustard and its commercial cultivation in India. Organised by Poovulagin Nanbargal, the conference was addressed by food policy […]


From farm to foreign kitchen

By Monika S Organic farming system is not new in India. It has been followed in ancient times as well. The success story of Hukumchand Patidar has appeared in Satyamev Jayte Show. The spreadover of his organic farm is 40 acres. Resident of Manpura village of Jhalawar, he is the founder of Swami Vivekanand Agricutural […]

When organic farming mainstreams persons with disabilities

By Manu Moudgil A thatched cattle shed marks Omchand Mahatules farm which lies on the approach road to Nayagaon village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. The 50-year-old comes running from the well clutching lemon grass from which he makes a splendid black tea. Starting off with invectives for his neighbours, the athletic farmer gives […]

TN farmers have crafty fixes to beat drought

By Catherine Gilon In late 2015, Chennai and most of Tamil Nadu battled unprecedented rains and floods. Two years later, the state is fighting the most intense drought it has faced in 140 years. There are reports of increasing farmer suicides in the state. Some even held a series of protests in the capital demanding […]

US First Lady bans GM products from White House

While public debate rages about the safety of genetically modified food, Melania Trump says that as far as she is concerned, GM products are best avoided. Barrons health has improved out of sight since we started eating organic, non genetically modified food, the First Lady said. After researching exactly where Monsantos genetically modified corn appeared […]

Sowing the seeds of conservation

Anupam Paul has the distinction of rediscovering 800 indigenous varieties of paddy. Helped by a revival project, some of the varieties are back from the brink, and Paul, who is from West Bengal, will present these at the National Seed Diversity Festival at Anna University from June 9 to 11. Similarly, Beej Bachao Andolan will […]

Ilyas Shamika

Organic farming sowed the seeds of their destiny

K.P. Ilyas and Shamika Mone are a study in harmony. The organic farmer from Kozhikode and the agricultural researcher from Pune are bound by a common quest for indigenous seed varieties. The couple has married their work to their life. They live together, do organic farming together and learn about it together. They realized they […]

Harvesting an organic bounty

By Unnimaya B In a novel initiative, the employees of Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in Attingal have cultivated an organic success story out of a wasteland. After the first harvest, the unit won agriculture departments award for the best agri-initiative by a government department. The busy Attingal bus stand had around 50 cents of […]

Organic journey to health

By Niveita Ganguly Hollywood stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Hurley have been strongly endorsing an organic lifestyle. Back in Bollywood too, celebrities like Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and R Madhavan are supporting local farms, buying natural products and changing their vibes. The growing fondness for organic food has gripped the cities in India and […]

Choice organic

By Porimol Palma The new farm technologies, introduced during the Green Revolution in the 60’s, contributed a lot to boost production and feed the country’s rising population. Within several years, farmers and agriculturists noticed that modern technologies — irrigated water, chemical fertilisers, pesticides and improved crop varieties — adversely affected soil fertility, biodiversity and human […]

Manipur CM bats for organic farming

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that people should strive to make organic farming successful in the State. This was stated by him at the inauguration function of the Administrative Block of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Lamphelpat on Sunday.

Pesticides levels far more dangerous than was thought

Consumersshould consider going organic because pesticides on foods are far more dangerous than was thought, causing damage to the human brain, a major study suggests. The research, published by the European Parliament, warns of the very high costs of current levels of exposure to pesticides – especially for children and pregnant women. It could result […]

Training on organic ginger farming in Tuensang

Spices Board of India in collaboration with District Agriculture Office Tuensang organised one-day training on organic ginger farming at Tuensang village on June 2. During the training, the organic farmers highlighted the activities and achievements of organic ginger farming in the area. According to the farmers, so far, they have exported105 mts of organic ginger […]

EU calls to halt GM maize and cotton import

Brussels: MEPs objected recently to EU Commission plans to authorise imports of products made from genetically modified maize and cotton which are herbicide-resistant. Concerns over harmful herbicide residues Overhaul of authorisation procedure by Commission needed They highlight concerns raised by independent research and member states, and repeat Parliaments call for an overhaul of the EUs […]

Organic farming is a tool to connect with the nature

By Sujit Jain In the quest of conquering the nature, man has inadvertently divided the environment into natural environment that consists of all naturally occurring living and non-living things and a built environment, the one which has been carved by man in order to fulfil his wants. Man has been successful in transforming natural landscapes […]