Where bees help farmers grow

One of biggest village in a cluster of 49 and right at the edge of northwest Delhi bordering Haryana, Qutubgarh, according to its residents, has changed for the better since it has witnessed the “honey revolution”. At 82, Umed Singh Rana has aced the art of giving interviews to news channels and researchers who have […]

How Tamil Nadu’s towns are scripting the new startup story

Singara Chennai is home to several prominent entrepreneurs. But the spirit of entrepreneurship in Tamil Nadu is not limited to the capital city alone. Interesting startups with great potential are emerging from Tier II and Tier III cities and even though they may not be garnering the media attention as their metro-city counterparts, they sure […]

Organic farming ensures safer, healthier world: Expert

Organic food is not prepared using chemical fertilizers. It does not contain any traces of chemicals and thus does not affect the human body in negative ways. This apart, organic food is tastier than conventional food and they are usually directly picked from farms and are fresh, said retired Professor A Mahakud, while addressing the […]

Battling antibiotic resistance on Madhya Pradesh’s agenda

Following in Kerala’s footsteps, Madhya Pradesh, India’s second largest state will roll out its action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) containment with emphasis on treatment of hospital effluents and restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry. In the central Indian state, initiatives for AMR containment, aligned with the country’s national action plan and […]

Nature dictates the outcome

There is always resistance to change. Jeevaram, a farmer in Sutrapada village of Gir Somanath district, Gujarat, faced the typical dilemma of whether to go in for zero-budget organic farming or stick to using chemical fertilisers and pesticides. He was apprehensive about this new concept. Should he take the risk when the cotton crop he […]

Affordable organic initiatives gain momentum in UAE

In a bid to feed the growing demand for organic produce among families in the UAE, enthusiasts are working tirelessly to establish initiatives to get their fruits and vegetables from sources other than the supermarkets. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of consuming ethically-farmed produce, and are not depending on mainstream retailers to […]

Au natural

Chandigarh’s organic produce markets have grown into effective forums for farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and further afield Wellness has a peculiar way of reaching out to you from the most unlikely of places. This time, it was peeking out from a confined space between upcycled cloth jewellery and studio pottery at a pop-up […]

Jaiva Karshikolsavam 2019

Organic Kerala Charitable Trust is organising the 14th Edition of its Annual Organic Fair from April 4th to 7th, 2019 at Azeezia Organics, Padivattom, Ernakulam. The event is hosted in partnership with leading Educational institutions in Kochi, viz Sacred Heart College Thevara, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences and St. Teresa’s College, along with other organizations […]

Date 4th April 2019 to 7th April 2019

Ancient farming techniques in rural India

The people of Durdih village, in the state of Bihar, India, have a simple existence close to nature, but the encroachment of paved roads and merchants peddling plastic-wrapped snacks has led to some unwelcome changes. The village has a long history of indigenous farming practices in which the cow is the centre of all agriculture.  A significant amount of […]

DBU hosts second Kisan Mela

Khanna  Desh Bhagat University’s IEDC department organised 2nd Kisan Mela on the campus on Friday. The event was organised by the agriculture and food processing incubator of DBU-IEDC. The event provided a platform to farmers and agricultural experts to interact and share their knowledge about latest techniques, equipment and subsidiary occupations. University Chancellor Dr Zora […]

Seeds of change

Organic farming needs state support to become the norm rather than exception A BusinessLine report (March 5) features Rahibai Popere, an adivasi farmer of Ahmadnagar district, who has conserved about 43 varieties in the case of 17 crops (paddy, hyacinth, millets, pulses, oilseeds, among others) by establishing a germplasm conservation centre. Having resisted hybrid seeds […]

Organic farming is proving a big plus for climate-hit farmers

As climate change brought less predictable weather, farmers Deepankar Mandal and Sanjib Mandal used to struggle with growing uncertainty about whether they would get a crop each season. “Rains have become erratic, insufficient or wrongly timed,” said Deepankar. “The crops failed, the water table got lower each year (and) there were newer pests attacking our […]

Gurugram’s new age farmers

In Gurugram, urban farmers are attracting attention and urban farming has found a new meaning and definition. In the cyber city, over 200  organisational heads, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, professionals, teachers and social workers have taken on lease small farmlands where they are themselves  growing tradition fruits, vegetables and grains and various exotic plants. Community organic […]

Neha Upadhyaya makes the nation proud

Delhi girl Neha Upadhyaya is going to Yale University after being selected as 2019 World Fellow.  She is among 16 such talented people selected by Yale for its signature international leadership development initiative. This social entrepreneur chose a path to empower women from backward classes. So she founded an organization – Guna in 2014 and […]