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Patanjali aims to increase farmers’ income tenfold

Guwahati (Assam) : Patanjali is moving forward with an aim to increase the income of farmers tenfold, said company CEO Acharya Balkrishna on Saturday. Speaking at Advantage Assam-Global Investors Summit’18 in Guwahati, Balkrishna said, “Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a target of doubling the income of farmers, if businessmen and industrialists take a pledge […]

1,099 clusters to provide pesticide-free vegetables

Kerala Minister for Agriculture V.S. Anil Kumar informed the Assembly on Wednesday that 1,099 clusters would be formed in the Agriculture Department to make available pesticide-free organic vegetables and fruits. In addition to the 118 eco-shops functioning in the State, another 317 would be set up by the department.

Workshop on practices and policies on rainfed farming systems

While rain fed farming systems are considered the backbone of rural communities, they are prone to several issues ranging from water stress, eroded and unsuitable soil, crop failure, food insecurity, inadequate nutrition, declining income levels, migration in search of alternative livelihoods, etc. Urgent interventions are required to revitalize rain fed farming systems and make them […]

Date 14th Feb to 15th Feb, 2018

Centre sanctions Rs 1,500 cr for organic farming in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, The Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,500 crore for three years to promote organic farming in Uttarakhand. The amount was sanctioned by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh when Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met him in New Delhi yesterday, an official release here said. This is in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modis vision […]

Organic Manipur brand launched

IMPHAL: Conveying that organic stores/outlets will be opened in Bishnupur, Thoubal and Imphal East districts in the first week of February this year, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Th Shyamkumar stated today that machines to authenticate organic products will be also made available at the stores. He was speaking as the chief guest at the […]

HP CM launches Zero Budget Natural Farming project

Dharamshala, (PTI) Exuding confidence that farmers of his state would adopt organic farming, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today launched Zero Budget Natural Farming project. While launching the project at Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalay in Palampur, Thakur lauded the efforts of Sikkim for taking the lead in organic farming.

Small farmers go big with organic farming

Small and marginal farmers, who cant afford costly agricultural inputs, are turning a new leaf by going organic because of lower costs and higher margins, data from the first impact study of the Modi governments Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) shows. Among key findings, the study shows the programme launched in 2015 has seen 6,211 […]

National Banana Festival 2018

The National Banana Festival (NBF) 2018. The festival is organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social action (CISSA) in partnership with Kalliyoor Grama Panchayath and a host of National and State organisations. The festival is planned in such a way that it will benefit all who have an interest in the banana sector […]

Date 17th Feb to 21st Feb 2018

MPEDA and Swiss company tie up develop organic aqua farming

MARGAO: In a first-of-its-kind tie-up in India’s marine sector, COOP Cooperative, one of Switzerland’s biggest retail and wholesale companies, is partnering with Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) to develop export-oriented organic aqua farming in India to cater to the growing demand for organic seafood products across the globe. To start with a pilot project […]

Celebration of ethnic delicacies and forgotten recipes

The Sattvik Traditional Food Festival, a three-day fest, is one of Ahmedabads most popular food festivals. Launched in 2004, the yearly festival is held in December and brings forgotten traditional recipes, lesser-known grains, vegetables and minor millets from underdeveloped areas to the urban populace. People anxiously wait for the winter, so that they soak in […]

Industrial agriculture is making a land grab in the name of ‘climate smart agriculture’.

‘Climate smart agriculture’ has become the buzz phrase at high level international policy discussions. But now there is a struggle over its definition. Is it the latest manifestation for corporate social responsibility or the title of a manifesto for real, grassroots led, change, ask Peter Newell, Jennifer Clapp and Zoe Brent The urgency derives from […]

Experts urge for toxin-free environment

NAGPUR: Ill-effects of using products that generate toxic waste and pollution of Nag River were the main topics taken up at the two-day workshop on ‘Toxin-free lifestyle’ organized by the Jeevit Nadi, Pune, and Ecological Society, Nagpur, recently. The panel of experts included eco sanitation expert and ecologist Niranjan Upasana, interior designer turned ecologist and […]

Establishing organic food products trace-ability mandatory: FSSAI

Stating that it was mandatory for manufacturers of organic food products to establish their trace-ability, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a gazette notification containing organic food regulations, laying down those pertaining to their labelling, certification and import. The notification stated, Traceability shall be established upto the producer level as applicable under […]

The Market Place: Focus on Organic Foods

Held at Vedic Village Spa Resort on January 13 and 14, The Market Place saw a gathering of more than 100 farmers, along with farmers collectives and cooperatives, NGOs and academics, politicians and government officials and, of course, consumers. Also present were delegates from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), a worldwide umbrella organisation […]

Chamling calls for India to go organic

As the Sikkim Organic Day- 2018 concluded on Thursday, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said it was high time that the rest of the country and the world realized the importance of organic farming. Citing the rampant use of chemical fertilisers in the rest of the country and the world, which is adversely impacting the fragile […]

2018 as year of millets

On the opening day of the International Trade Fair on Organics and Millets, which is underway in Bengaluru, the government of India declared 2018 as the year of millets, just as the cereal crop gained prominence as a staple and nutritious diet across sections of the society. Sadananda Gowda, minister of statistics and programme implementation, […]