A CEO’s successful stint with farming

Shiraz Ansari, who runs an organic store in Technopark, juggles his job in the IT hub and his passion for farming Harvesting banana, cleaning duck coops, recycling water in fish ponds and applying manure to plantain, lemon and passion fruit vines. That was the itinerary for Shiraz Ansari and his friends last Sunday when they […]

Start-ups ride demand for desi milk

Kolkata: Thirty-six-year-old Poornima Krishnamurthy, the mother of one-year-old twins, was rather worried when she was asked to start feeding cow milk to her sons. Her concern was the high level of adulteration. So Poornima, a corporate lawyer by profession, settled for farm fresh milk, which is considered to be rich in the A2 protein that […]

Dadaji Khobragade-A Lifetime in Rice

In a life that epitomised the struggles of the small Indian farmer, Dadaji Khobragade, the prolific rice breeder and farmer, strove against all odds to practise and uphold the core of traditional farming. A small Dalit farmer from Nanded village in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Dadaji Khobragade, 79, passed away on 3 June 2018; he […]

Ducks wade through paddy fields to bump up profits

At the crack of dawn, Lipi Basak and her sisters Smriti and Mamti are already out of their home, with a group of quacking ducks ahead of them. It is raining. The road is muddy with small puddles. But this does not deter the feisty young women from reaching their ultimate destination — paddy fields […]

Promote organic farming in Meghalaya: Radha

Shillong: Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has asked the Meghalaya government to invest more resources towards promoting organic farming in the state. Singh, who was on a two-day visit to the state, also interacted with a group of farmers at Lawsohtun here who have been promoting organic farming on a four-hectare land.

Organic solidarity

Overdependence on wheat and paddy through chemical-intensive farming is a flawed national food security policy. This erroneous approach is making Punjab’s agriculture unsustainable and creating a hurdle in the growth of organic farming, says Umendra Dutt. Sustainable agricultural growth is the need of the hour. Many farmers in Punjab have realised that the chemical-intensive, water-guzzler […]

Manipur fruit for Delhi

Imphal: For the first time ever, one metric tonne (MT) of organic pineapples grown in the state was airlifted for trade from the international airport here and sent to New Delhi on Sunday, highlighting the success of organic farming in Manipur. Horticulture and soil conservation department had tied up with NE Agro Products, a Gurgaon-based […]

The passion for tilling

The global market for organic products has already crossed the $90-billion mark and is growing. India has emerged as one of the hubs for organic farming, driven by the passion of enthusiasts, find Vijay C Roy & Sunit Dhawan. Self-motivated entrepreneurs are venturing into this exciting calling more out of passion than profit. Several adventurous […]

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

On the first of June 2018, thousands of Indian farmers started a 10-day protest demanding farm loan waivers and higher prices for their products. This large-scale protest followed a long march by 40,000 farmers to Mumbai in March. India’s farming sector – which employs  most of the country’s labour force – has been in crisis […]

Native cattle breeds gain ground in Tamil Nadu

Bringing home the prizes his bull had won in a Jallikattu event, Kaspar recollected the protests that happened last year. In January 2017, Tamil Nadu had erupted into protests to revoke a ban on Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport. The protests were an eye-opener for Kaspar from Pudukottai district, since that is when he learnt about […]

Story of natural beauty brand ‘SoulTree’

The idea behind SoulTree, the natural personal care and beauty label, was to create a product that contributes to sustainable living, while also supporting the livelihoods of women farmers in Uttarakhand. “These were women who had taken up organic farming. They were given certain grants and aids by the state. However, they didn’t have a […]

In Rajasthan, cow urine is costlier than milk

Dairy farmers now have one more stream of revenue – cow urine. Farmers are using it extensively in organic farming and religious rituals and now it is selling at up to Rs 30 a litre in the wholesale market. In comparison, cow milk fetches farmers between Rs 22 and Rs 25 for a litre. Farmers’ earnings […]

WB to bring 1,000-acre area under organic farming

Kolkata: The West Bengal Agriculture department has set a target of bringing a land of 1,000 acre under organic farming in the financial year 2018-19. Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, said in the Assembly on Monday that 50 clusters with a total area of agricultural land of 1,000 acre will be brought under organic […]

State level training on organic farming held in Nagaland

With an objective to make agriculture sustainable, restore ecological balance, improve soil quality and health, promote indigenous crops and put an end to chemical farming, a two-day State Level Training Program on Organic/Natural Farming began on Monday. The training  program has been organized by Earth Friendly Generation in collaboration with Vishwa Yuvak Kendra (VYK), New […]

Organic certification agency to be set up in Haryana

With a view to promote organic farming in Haryana, an organic certification agency will be set up for grading and authentication of produce near the farms to ensure reliability of products. This decision was taken at a review meeting of various projects chaired by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here. The chief minister gave […]

Explore environment-friendly scientific farming: Mishra

ITANAGAR, Jul 21: Stating that 60 percent of the total population of Arunachal Pradesh is engaged in agriculture and allied sectors, Governor BD Mishra urged scientists and researchers to carry out diverse and extensive research that would help in transferring locally suited technology to the end-users, farmers, traders and growers. The governor said this during […]

President to interact with Dantewada’s organic farmers

President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-affected Bastar division on July 25-26 and take part in several programmes. Chief Minister Raman Singh yesterday reviewed the preparations for the two-day tour of the president, during which the latter will visit Dantewada and Bastar (Jagdalpur) districts. According to an official, Kovind will interact with […]

Farmer collects rare, traditional rice varieties

Chennai: “People are buying diabetes these days and no medicine will cure this unless they change their food habit,” says N Nagarajan, strongly. The 53-year-old drives throughout the Delta regions in search of farmers selling traditional paddy, and inturn sells it in rice format to people. “Chennai city tops the list with more number of […]