HP govt to promote organic farming

Shimla, (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to promote organic farming in a big way and plans to adopt an integrated approach for promoting organic and zero budget natural farming system, an official spokesperson said. At present, 39,790 farmers ave already switched over to organic farming ensuring production of healthy food grains, free from […]

Hampapuram farm draws multiple visitors

Hampapuram (Anantapur): The 125-acre lush green organic vegetable and horticulture integrated farm with dairying and sheep rearing at Hampapuram village in Raptadu mandal in the district is a model organic farm and an educational centre for farmers to have exposure on farm mechanisation, organic farming, marketing and exporting of produce.   The government has recognised […]

Demand for healthy food boosts India’s organic exports

NEW DELHI — Exports of organic products from India have risen over 20 percent in the fiscal just ended owing to the “growing global appetite for healthy food” that is free from chemical and pesticide residues. This is also a leg-up for the government’s plans to expand the area under eco-friendly and sustainable farming, stakeholders […]

Boost to honeybee farming

Bhubaneswar: Honey parlours selling organic products made from organic honey are set to be opened across the state. The Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board will start the parlours to boost honey production and encourage honeybee farmers. The board, in association with the horticulture department, has made an action plan to create 100 honeybee farmers […]

Tradition, innovation to fore at national paddy fest

RICHY: Farmers exchanged traditional paddy varieties, shared their experiences and discussed the necessity to conserve and cultivate traditional paddy varieties at the 12th National Paddy Festival which commenced in Tiruvarur district on Monday. Addressing hundreds of farmers from across the country who are attending the two-day festival, Nabard chief general manager Padhma Raghunathan said that […]

Staff hit farms to help organic goal

Gangtok: About 700 Sikkim government employees in West district sacrificed their holiday and voluntarily took to the fields on Sunday, ploughing land and planting vegetables to express their support to the state’s organic mission. The farming drive was in held in different government offices with vacant lands. Armed with assorted farming tools, including oxen-driven ploughs, […]

Transdisciplinary approach to measure conservation agriculture’s adaptation for climate change and food security in India

Food security has become increasingly important globally as well as on domestic fronts as global supply, income growth, and access is not keeping pace with increasing population in developing countries. Increasing resource degradation problems such as groundwater depletion, waterlogging, salinization, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and invasive species further add to food security challenges (Oliver […]

Malwa region in MP losing soil due to erosion

INDORE: There is a need to bring together all environmentalists working in isolation on one platform to conserve nature, said Indian Institute of Forest Management director Pankaj Srivastava, while appreciating Indore’s society, where people can unite for a cause. He was speaking on the last day of three-day film festival on water resource management held […]

Arunachal Gov participates in state conclave on agriculture

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd.) participated in the State Conclave on ‘Perspective Planning for Resurgent Agriculture and  Allied Sectors in Arunachal Pradesh’ at Itanagar  Friday . The two-day conclave is being organized by the State Government in partnership with NABARD, with an objective to have in-depth and solution seeking dialogues for promotion of agriculture and […]

Caritas Asia to develop sustainable farming

In an attempt to develop sustainable agriculture and reshape farming communities in Indonesia, Caritas Asia has taken initiatives to revive food sovereignty in the region The commitment was made at a conference in Ruteng Diocese in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province from 8-11 May. Representatives from 13 Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, […]

Darjeeling tea faces climate risk

Gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in the Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect production of the famous Darjeeling tea. The maximum temperature in Kurseong has risen by 0.51 degree over the last 20 years while total annual rainfall dropped by 56 mm and relative humidity by 16.07%, leading to a decline in overall […]

Poland interested in Bihar’s food processing: Dy CM

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said on Wednesday he succeeded in enticing interested parties from Poland to invest in the food processing and higher education sectors in Bihar. He said Poland has succeeded to a large extent in preventing vegetable and fruit wastage while Bihar specially has a huge potential for growth and expansion […]

How a Gurugram woman is helping others go organic

A Gurugram-based advertising executive has not only turned fallow land into a garden with edible plants, but is also helping others go organic. Sangita Wahi Mohin, through her forum Green Street, has been successfully spreading awareness on how we can nurture our gardens without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. Sangita’s own efforts gave a fillip to […]

Eco-friendly fabric demands propel organic cotton farming in India

Barku Jairam, a 55-year-old farmer from Barwani of Madhya Pradesh, has taken up cultivating organic cotton, which he claims, has significantly brought down input costs besides ensuring a decent yield.. The demand for organic cotton from global apparel companies has prompted 1,000-odd farmers in the state to switch to eco-farming to grow cotton using bio-fertilisers […]

IICT makes organic manure from water hyacinth

For years uncontrolled water hyacinth, an invasive species has posed a grave threat to the aquatic ecosystem. This invasive species that covers lakes and ponds is infamous for affecting water flow, blocking sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, thus, killing them, becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes or parasites and depleting dissolved oxygen, threatening life […]

Nepal calls for organic farming technology to double production

MAHOTTARI — Nepal Minister for Agriculture, Shailendra Sah, has called for tapping into the organic agricultural technology for the development of the agricultural sector. During a visit to the Nigaul Cow Gaushala Management Office at Gaushala municipality on Monday, Minister Sah said the province’s dependence was based on agriculture and stressed there were no alternatives […]

Scheme succour for NE small tea growers

GUWAHATI: Small tea growers in the non-traditional areas of the Northeast now have reasons to cheer! The Union ministry of commerce and industry has approved the modalities and guidelines of the “Tea Development and Promotion Scheme” for implementation during the Medium Term Framework (2017-18 to 2019-2020) that has a special package for small tea growers […]

Farmers urged to adopt organic farming, shun use of pesticides

Hoshiarpur, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla was the Chief Guest in the ‘Kisan Goshthi’ organised at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bahowal. Addressing the farmers he said Modi govt has made several efforts to increase the income of the farmers of the country. The farmers were being encouraged to cultivate using […]

East African Permaculture Convergence

Sector39 is an association of leading practitioners and teachers in Permaculture design. We offer a number of Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs) throughout the year, some on a two-week intensive basis, others spread over six weekends spread over 3 months. By arrangement we can also tailor learning experiences and short courses to meet your specific requirements.

Date 28th May 2018 to 29th May 2018

Time 12:00 am

Tamil Nadu panchayat school attracts kids by teaching organic farming

TRICHY: Veering away from traditional methods of marketing to ensure 100% admission, a panchayat union middle school (PUMS) in Perambalur district is reaching out on foot and attracting parents and students with the organic farming methods practised at the school.The PUMS in Kothavasal recently concluded a pan-village survey to identify children of appropriate age for […]

Rural time bomb that is ticking away – by Yashwant Sinha

The foot-march of over 35,000 farmers from Nashik to Mumbai in March this year attracted a lot of national attention and succeeded in highlighting the problems of the farmers. The numerous suicides by farmers earlier or the killing of six farmers in police firing in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh in June last year did not […]