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Assocham seeks lower GST rate for bio-agro inputs

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Industry lobby Assocham on Wednesday urged the government to lower the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates for select agricultural inputs, failing which use of chemical fertilisers will get a boost. Higher GST in this segment will directly promote chemical use, thereby leading to an increase in green house gas […]

PGS Certification picks up pace in Kerala

The Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralams (VFPCK) efforts to promote organic farming under the Participatory Guarantee System – India (PGS), a decentralised organic farming certification system of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has gathered momentum in the district with ten farmers local groups registered in just over a year. Each group […]

Seed for diversity: We sow diversity where others destroy it

This year, if the merger between the agrochemical giant Bayer in Germany and Monsanto, the American seed and pesticide manufacturer, goes ahead, “BaySanto” will become the largest supplier of seeds and pesticides in the world. This would result in a market concentration, and concentration of power, in the agricultural sector. Miseror think that is dangerous […]

Awareness campaign on Organic Cultivation

TAWANG, Jul 10: A district level awareness campaign on importance of Organic Cultivation was conducted at deputy commissioners conference hall here on Monday which was attended by HoDs, PRI members and farmers of the district. Speaking during the programme EAC Tawang Lobsang Tsetan highlighted the importance of Organic Farming and how the same is beneficial […]

Not enough done for farming in Nepal for 10 years

If you are from outside Kathmandu and happen to meet Francois Driard, he may surprise you with his questions. Where are you from? he shall ask and most probably, you will name your district. Tell me exactly which place in the district, he will ask you further. Once you give him the exact name, he […]

Scientists request PM to halt GM mustard release

Nagpur: Eighteen scientists from the city have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsing mustard expert Sharad E Pawar’s concerns over flaws in GM crop Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11). They requested the PM not to allow environment ministry to release the hybrid. Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had cleared the crop for commercial cultivation.

Organic farming gaining pace

Anantapur: The Agriculture department in the district is promoting natural farming cluster villages to raise plantations and agriculture crops through natural farming manure. In each cluster, 10 villages would adopt natural farming methods and techniques to completely do away with the use of chemicals and fertilisers.

Guardian of our soil

In the last few years, there are areas in India where efforts are being made to revive the soil. Many farmers have accepted the damage chemicals can cause to the fertility of soil and even without being environmentalists; those people prefer the policy of farming with nature. In Punjab, a cow urine-based preparation has been […]

Amrita University judged Keralas greenest

Kochi: Amrita Universitys Amritapuri Campus in Kollam has emerged as Keralas greenest educational institution by bagging the First Prize in the State Pollution Control Awards by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board. The award, presented by AC Moideen, Minister for Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Kerala, was received by Brahmachari Sudeep, Director, Amritapuri […]

Neha

Teaching Agroecology in the Himalayan Foothills

Neha Raj seeks sleep on the night train from Delhi to Dehradun. Its not the soundest slumber, but shes grown accustomed to the sway of the rails. Neha teaches at Navdanyas organic farm in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her teaching props are the hundreds of varieties of rice, wheat, millets, lentils, vegetables, oilseeds, and […]

Go Organic Stay Healthy!

By Ruheel Ahmad Mir Food is undoubtedly the basic necessity of all living creatures. A given eatable only qualifies to serve as an ideal food when it resides in it an intrinsic potential to nourish our bodies, without at the same time causing any harm. Given the present scenario in the age we live in, […]

Do not harass farmers to recover loans SC warns banks

Financial institutions should not resort to coercive action for recovery of loans from farmers in case of crop failure and the government should intervene in such cases, the Supreme Court said. The apex court said the governments approach should be preventive rather than compensatory and it should travel the last mile to reach out to […]

Food deficit J&K making progress in farm output level:Agri Min

Jammu and Kashmir, a food deficit state, is making remarkable progress in the production of some of the important crops like paddy, maize and vegetables, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. The hilly state imports nearly 7 lakh tonnes of foodgrains annually. The lower farm production is mainly due to mono-cropping system, fragmented […]

How Can You Respond to the Paris Accord ?

Have you ever thought about the ecological stresses associated with modern agriculture? To put it simply, it all starts with our food supply. Specifically, lets talk about my food supply! I spent three hours last Sunday at Seattles largest farmer collective, the year-round Ballard Farmers Market. I wanted to know, in such a progressive city […]

Rao

Farm with over 560 rare and exotic veggies

Chanpreet Kaur Genetically modified seeds are making hundreds of fruits and vegetables go extinct all over India. Yet, we are not talking about it. One man realised the solution that can save India’s biodiversity. Dr Prabhakar Rao and his family run a 2.5 acre natural farm in Bengaluru, wherein they grow vegetables that are indigenous […]