Ofai Organic World Congress

Decision on transgenic crops on April 12

NEW DELHI: Restricted field trials of certain transgenic varieties of rice, wheat, maize and chickpea and discussions to determine the next course of action on GM mustard’s commercial release will be on the agenda of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee meeting on April 12. “We will examine the pending applications of various research institutions and […]

Promote organic farming in the AP farmlands

Maruteru (West Godavari): The benefits of research should reach the farmers to get good results, said Andhra Pradesh Labour Minister Pithani Satyanarayana. He also suggested the scientists to encourage farmers to take up organic farming in the farmlands. He inaugurated the Kisan Mela (farmers convention) organised by Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University at Maruteru Paddy […]

Punjab is signalling another farm revolution: Organic Farming

Amaninder Pal Chandigarh One of the most important lessons of life comes from a farmer: Keep an ear to the ground. The indications have come, simple and straight: Grow organic. Roughly translated, it would mean replacing most of chemical fertilizers for crops with natural resources to live longer, healthier and more contented. Manjeet Singh Bhullar, […]

NE set to be global organic agriculture hub

GUWAHATI: Sikkim and Mizoram are two states in the region that have embraced organic farming in a big way by saying no to chemical fertilizers and pesticides, while Meghalaya has started discovering the benefits of green farms and is discouraging the use of chemicals. Given the low usage of chemicals in farming in the whole […]

Karnataka agriculture dept increases focus on organic farming

By Nandita Vijay, Keeping in mind the importance of organic farming, Karnatakas agriculture department has planned to extend the organic village site programme to the hobli level, in order to increase the utilisation of organic manure for crop production. It is now increasing services to farmers to transfer the latest technical knowledge to the farming […]

Organic wheat dodges mycotoxin

Prairie organic producers defied conventional wisdom last year by escaping fusarium scourge. Cody Straza doesnt understand it. Last year when fusarium head blight plagued thousands of conventional farmers in Saskatchewan, Straza and other organic farmers were seemingly protected from the fungal disease. Straza grew kamut on his farm near Wood Mountain, Sask., and he had […]

HP Gov visits Zero Budget Organic Farm

Dharmshala: Governor Acharya Devvrat today visited Agriculture University Palampur in district Kangra and during his continuous three hour visit on foot to different Centers of the University; he took stocks of various activities being run by the University and also gave direction to the concerned scientists to improve the quality. He interacted with the scientists […]

Marakkar

Kerala farmer with the green Midas touch

Mavoor: A.N. Marakkar has always been passionate about farming. And he loves to experiment. Working by the sweat of his brow, literally, this man from Mavoor, in Kerala is blessed with a Midas touch. All that he touches turn into goldpure green gold, fresh and unpolluted. His enduring affair with seeds and soil began at […]

Bhopal: Experts promote organic farming for more production with less investment

Burhanpur: On the second day of Dhamangaon Navratri Gramodaya fair, a seminar was organised on conventional and organic farming focusing on more production with less investment. The seminar was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis. Scientist Dr NK Tambe from Indore highlighted the method and importance of making organic residues […]

Panel rings alarm on ‘organic’ food fakes

New Delhi, March 23: A parliamentary panel has accused government enforcement agencies of turning a blind eye to fake organic products that are sold in the domestic food market and have also drawn complaints from the European Union and the US. The parliamentary committee on estimates said today it had recommended “stringent punishment” for entities […]

Bhagath

Giving Up a Career in USA for Organic Farming

It is very common for people in India to go to western countries, especially the US, in search of good jobs. But how often does someone who has spent over seven years in the US return to India to start acareer as an organic farmer? Bhagath Kumar Neerudu has done his masters in business administration […]

Raveendran

Acclaim for votary of organic farming

A city-based farmer has won a coveted national award in recognition of his efforts to promote organic farming with less-known techniques. Sixty-year-old R. Raveendran of Kochulloor is one of the five farmers who have been selected for the prestigious IARI Fellow Farmer Award 2017, instituted by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) that functions under […]

Puthimari Bapubheti farmers set an example in organic farming

Tezpur, March 26: At a time when high-pesticide laced agricultural produce from across the State, including Lalpul, Sikunmati, Bechimari and Kharupetia areas of Darrang district, is flourishing in the vegetable market, thereby creating health concerns, the farmers of Puthimari Bapubheti and its adjoining areas have been able to create records with production of organic vegetables […]

EU nations vote against GM crops

A majority of EU countries voted on Monday against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be grown in Europe, batting the contentious decision on GM cultivation in Europe back to the EU executive, according to two sources. EU governments were asked to vote on the future of two grades of GM maize, Pioneers 1507 […]

Chhattisgarh earmarks Rs 574 cr for organic farming

Subsidy worth Rs 4,227.42 crore related to agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, water resource, bio-technology and religious trust endowment departments for fiscal year 2017-18 was approved on Monday in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said that National Krishi Mela is being organized since last two years with the objective of doubling the income […]

Skill development training program on organic farming organised by CSIR

Lamphelpat, March 22: The North Eastern states Manipur in particular, where comparatively very less amount of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are used for agriculture, has immense potential for organic farming, Agriculture experts reiterated. But to lack of awareness about organic food, its certification and marketing of the produce, the region which has the enough potential […]

No Name Calling Please, Give Us Evidence Which Proves GM Crops Are Safe

By Viva Kermani Shanthu Shantharam has called my article on the problems with genetically modified seed and crop “half-baked” and in “total ignorance”. While my article, Lets be honest about GM crops was published by Swarajya on 23 February 2017, Shantharam’s ill-tempered rejoinder was appeared titled “Genetically-Modified Crops Are The Future: Here’s Why”. Swarajya and […]

Cgarh made 11.23L MT of city compost during 2015-16: Centre

Chhattisgarh produced 11.23 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of city compost during 2015-16 being used as organic fertilizer, the Central Government has informed. Notably, in the month of May last year, the Chhattisgarh Government has decided to establish composite production unit in vegetable markets of cities across the State for manufacturing organic fertilizer using fruits and […]