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Organic farming school opens at PAU

Ludhiana, June 1: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has established the School of Organic Farming, under the College of Agriculture, PAU. RS Sidhu, Registrar, said the new school aimed at carrying out multidisciplinary research, training and extension for the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge on the organic and integrated agriculture. It aimed to develop and […]

Organic farming gets a big boost in Cambodia

Cambodian Government and United Nations officials joined up yesterday to launch a media campaign to raise awareness about organic food and to promote a scheme for small-scale farmers to take part in a guarantee programme. The campaign is being promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture with technical assistance from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. […]

GM mustard no solution for Indias Rs 64,000 cr edible oil import bill

On 11 May, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee – Indias biotech regulator, approved the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard, Dhara Mustard Hybrid (DMH)-11.DMH-11 and GM cotton, Indias only transgenic crop so far, have something in common-a gene conferring resistance to the herbicide glufosinate. Six days later, European parliamentarians voted against allowing the import […]

West Bengal starts organic farming activities across state

KOLKATA: With an eye to frame an organic farming policy, Bengal agriculture department, food processing industries, and horticulture department have started organic farming activities in across the state. The increasing demand for organic vegetables, especially among urban residents, has convinced the state government to formulate the organic farming policy, senior government executives said.

Tamil Nadu farmers switch to organic farming to survive drought

Jayapal Kaliyaperumal, a farmer from Adamangalam village near Sirkazhi in Nagapattinam district, trots down to his six-acre dry paddy land. This year the severe drought took away his entire paddy harvest. However, in this brown patch of land, bright yellow flowers and clusters of green gram stand out. Kaliyaperumal grew green gram and vegetables like […]

Goa farmers must take up organic farming: Sardesai

MARGAO: Goa’s Minister of TCP and agriculture, Vijai Sardesai, exhorted Goan farmers to take up organic farming with a view to boost their income and promote Goa’s brand of agricultural produce. “Consumption of pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables also affects the health of the people. We need to start organic farming. It will be the endeavour […]

Northeast can be hub of organic farming: PM

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in Gogamukh of Assam. According to a report in NDTV, speaking on the occasion, Modi said, I have come here for very important work. I have come to lay the foundation stone for a project that will change […]

‘Farmers will have to turn entrepreneurs to solve their problems’

Bengaluru, May 24 (IANS) Farmers should increasingly become entrepreneurs to find homegrown solutions to their problems rather than relying on the government, Helianti Hilman, a progressive natural farming expert from Indonesia, has urged. “When you are an entrepreneur, you think of innovations. An entrepreneurial mindset is very important for farmers because most of the time […]

Woman farmer creates prospective pastures with integrated farming

Ibrahimpatnam: Kolan Pushpalata of Mondigourelli village has set an example for others to emulate by reaping profits from integrated farming involving both agriculture and animal husbandry – and organic cultivation. Pushpalata has 12 acres of which 3 acres each is allocated for mango and guava respectively. Mango is intercropped with drum sticks. In addition to […]

Papaya bears fruit for organic farmer

CHENNAI: If failure were to deter him, K Sakthikumar, an organic farmer at Vallivilai near Kayamozhi in Tiruchendur taluk of Thoothukudi district would have given up farming 10 years ago, because he had lost about Rs 8 lakh in the first year of farming itself. After graduation, instead of hunting for a job, Sakthikumar took […]

ONE to showcase Northeast organic products

New Delhi: The Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) will make suitable arrangements for showcasing the Northeast organic products outside, in the rest of India. An initiative in this direction has already begun with the opening up, recently, of a Showroom-cum-Restaurant bearing a common brand name ONE (Organic North East) at Dilli Haat in […]

When life gives you a lemon, farm it

Conventional wisdom of most Indian farmers and farm advisers is that over a large area it is suicidal to do organic farming. V Antonisamy, a 74-year-old farmer in Puliyangudi in southern Tamil Nadu, has disproved this by carrying out organic farming in more than 200 acres for more than three decades.

Market soon to flood with GM jowar

HYDERABAD: Your favourite `Jonna Rottey’ (jowar bread) will not be the same again. If the city-based Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) has its way , the Indian market will soon be flooded with genetically modified or transgenic jowar. Four years after launching research on transgenic sorghum, the IIMR has successfully developed genetically modified jowar […]

Insecticides India launches a new bio product Kayakalp

Insecticides India (IIL) has launched a revolutionary biological product Kayakalp that will transform the health of soil and rejuvenate it organically to improve plant health and productivity. The launch of KayaKalp marks a major leap for IIL into the organic products sector. Kayakalp, a Hindi term which means Rejuvenation or Transformation of ones physical being, […]

Greenpeace lauds Bihars organic farming initiatives

Patna, May 22 (IANS) Greenpeace India, the environment protection organisation, has welcomed and lauded the Bihar government’s decision to give priority to organic farming. This initiative will prove sustainable for the agriculture and food security in the long run, a Greenpeace official said here on Monday. According to the organisation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar […]

West Bengal writes to Centre opposing GM mustard

After Bihar, West Bengal has decided not to allow the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard seeds in the state. The state government has sent a letter to the Centre asking them not to introduce genetically modified (GM) mustard as it would harm farmers. Minister in-charge for agriculture Purnendu Bose said, We are not in […]

Guide for organic farming, courtesy Kerala Agricultural University

THRISSUR: Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) on Saturday released a document on organic farming practices, detailing cultivation methods that need to be adopted. Vice-chancellor P Rajendran said that though there were 73 agricultural universities in India, KAU was the first one to prepare such an exclusive package on organic cultivation. Agriculture minister V S Sunilkumar – […]

Training sessions on organic farming held at Jammu

JAMMU: Department of Horticulture in collaboration with Regional Centre of Organic Farming (RCOF), Government of India organized training programmes on Organic Farming here on Thursday. Dr. Chander Shekhar, Junior Scientific Officer, Government of India at Regional Centre of Organic Farming, Kissan Bhawan, Panchkula, Haryana was the mentor and Prabh Dayal was the resource person from […]

Kerala opposes commercialisation of GM mustard

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala assembly passed a resolution, demanding that the Centre withdraw the decision to grant permission for production and cultivation of Genetically Modified Mustard seed for commercial purposes. Moving the resolution, Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said it was unfortunate that the Centre’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had accorded sanction for production and […]


Quit MBA to be an organic farmer, lifts farmers out of debt

In an age where people are chasing B-school placements and those big pay cheques, few choose to tread a different path and follow their passion. For Raghav Baldwa, a 24-year-old from Indore, growing food organically, farming, and leading the lifestyle that it entails meant much more than pursuing a degree in business administration. And thats […]

Experts dwell upon organic farming

Patiala, May 15 Experts from various fields related with agriculture and farmers have advocated adopting the organic farming through scientific methods to save the future of Punjab. The experts were here to attend Innovative Farmers Meet organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The meet was a part of a campaign to promote modern […]