Centre to make labeling process of organic agricultural products simpler

The government is planning to make the certification and labeling process of organic agricultural products simpler and cost effective to narrow the price difference between conventional and hybrid products. “The government is considering reducing the overall cost of agriculture products, including organic ones, to help farmers double their income by 2022,” Union Agriculture Minister Parshottam […]

Ryots on rooftops

Hyderabad: Rooftop farming has become a viable choice for urban agriculture on account of decreasing agricultural land, especially in Indian cities. It has the potential to play a significant role in urban environment management and to improve the continuously deteriorating quality of air, while offering organic and fertilizer-free produce. Growing local and organic food on […]

Bringing seeds to life

New Delhi: In present times, when bio-diversity is fast dwindling, it’s difficult to find hyper exotic vegetables. But, perhaps, in remote parts of the world, untouched by industrial agriculture, one may still spot a few of these on the dining table. The phenomenon is worldwide. And India is no different. But Bengaluru-based agricultural scientist-cum architect […]

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Delhi farmers go organic, watch yields and health improve

KHERA KALAN: In the world we live today, whether it’s the air we breathe, the water we drink or the food we eat, everything contains a growing share of pollutants. When it comes to food, particularly fruits and vegetables, most of it is grown with the help of synthetic fertilisers, insecticides, and pesticides. Farmers make […]

Odisha makes its mark in global spice markets

BHUBANESWAR: India is one of the largest producer and exporter of spices in the world. It is also a big consumer of spices. We have an illustrious history of producing and exporting spices to around 80 countries. Western countries and the nations of West Asia look to India for importing spices. The country is known […]

JSPL Foundation organises capacity building workshop for organic farmers

Barbil: JSPL Foundation, the CSR arm of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) organised a one-day training programme on capacity building for farmers of Deojhar gram panchayat at Gobardhanpur. The interface meeting was attended by around 50 local farmers, agriculture officers and bank officials. Brushav Mohanta, assistant agriculture officer, Joda Block spoke on traditional agriculture […]

To stay truly organic

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With fake organic products flooding the markets across the state, the Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety (KCFS) has decided to step up measures to ensure quality organic produce for the consumers. Currently, unorganised players without any mandatory certification are selling organic products at exorbitant rates as the state has failed to regulate them. To […]

Plum job not enough, he lives his passion

Jalandhar,Having left a well-paid job to pursue his passion for organic farming, 29-year-old Anurag Arora has set an example for many. He pumped all his savings into the start-up he named as MINK Organics, based at Kewal Vihar here. Anurag aims to empower Punjab through healthy food and education in organic farming. It was four […]

How a corporation patented Ethiopia’s most common staple

In 2005, the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation partnered up with the Dutch company Health and Performance Food International (HPFI) to marketize one of Ethiopia’s most valuable staples, the teff grain – the main ingredient found in injera bread, now widely dubbed a cosmopolitan ‘superfood’. The agronomist Jans Roojsen, who spearheaded the project under […]

Pesticide overdose goes unchecked in Punjab

Jalandhar, While an FIR was lodged against suppliers of spurious pesticides in the city on Wednesday, the use of spurious pesticide sellers in the district on Wednesday, spurious pesticides are being sold with impunity in the state increasingly as – a lucrative business – the pesticide sellers continue to operate openly. While the state has […]

Encouraging illegal planting of BT brinjal in India

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientific experts from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt (insecticidal) brinjal based on data and reports in the biosafety dossier that Mahyco, the crop developer, had submitted to the […]

Professionals take to organic farming

Jalandhar,  The Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) today organised a meeting with farmers from the Doaba region to discuss benefits of organic farming. Members associated with the mission said a person associated with the medical profession attended the meeting and had shown interest in organic farming. “People from different professions like doctors, pharmacists, or from other […]

Govt to promote organic cultivation of indigenous cotton in 3 states

NEW DELHI – The government, under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, is planning to promote the cultivation of indigenous varieties of cotton in the leading growers–Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka–a senior government official said. “We are encouraging farmers by providing them seeds, and agri-inputs at lower rates to grow more organic cotton. Organic cotton is healthier for human use in comparison with genetically […]

Zero waste to organic food

For many, home is where the heart is. But, for this 62-year-old woman, home is where just not the heart but also health resides. Meet Bhavna Shah, who is setting a positive example for generations to follow. Her home, situated in the quiet of Thaltej-Shilaj road in Ahmedabad, is a world of its own, where […]