Muthalamada mango to go organic

The Kerala State Horticulture Mission (SHM) has announced plans to launch organic cultivation of mango in 500 acres of land in Palakkad district’s Muthalamada, the mango hub of the State, this year. Centrally funded, the pilot project will demonstrate the advantages of switching to organic methods in a region that has been witnessing the downsides […]

Belavala Foundation scripting success in organic farming

By Kavitha Mhatre The organic farming scene in India has two scenarios. One that has farmers and consumers hesitant to join the organic bandwagon because of  higher production costs, limited market, expensive organic produce, lack of government subsidies for organic inputs and lengthy certification processes one has to go through in order to acquire an […]

Kokrajhar peasants urged to go for organic farming

Kokrajhar: Minister of Handloom and Textile, Minority Welfare and Development, Ranjit Dutta, while attending the distribution ceremony of sanction letters under Mukhya Mantri Krishi Sa Sajuli Yozana to farmers in Kokrajhar on Saturday, called upon the farmers to adopt organic farming. Dutta, while addressing before the beneficiaries, said that excessive use of chemical fertilizers had […]

Soils course by Clea

This course is the first of 2 soil courses: Soil the forest floor way 1, and a more advanced one called soil the forest floor way 2. This is a novel way to regenerate soils fast. Dates for the course are ie; March 23rd to April 06th 2019. You must arrive on the 23rd and […]

Date 23rd March 2019 to 06th April 2019

‘More crop per drop’ should be mantra: Vice President

New Delhi, Feb 11 Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Monday emphasised on the importance of sustainable agriculture as a part of sustainable development and said more efficient systems of irrigation with “more crop per drop” mantra should be used . Speaking at the inauguration of the three-day World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 here, he said, “There […]

How Can Agritourism Transform Rural India?

Recently, I got an opportunity to attend a three-day certificate training program on agritourism at the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Noida. It was a wonderful experience to learn about the relevance and scope of agriculture tourism in India. Agritourism is a novel concept in the Indian tourism sector, which provides vast opportunities for […]

2019 Budget ignored organic farming: Environmentalist

Faridkot: At the time of growing momentum toward sealing an ambitious deal to save the environment, soil health and larger issue of food security in a sustainable manner, India’s interim Budget for the coming financial year, presented by Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, admitted the need for organic farming, but environmentalists said it […]

TN organic farmer-scientist

From growing 17 ratoon cane crops to selling branded jaggery and flattened rice flakes, V Antony Samy shows what farming for the future can be Sugarcane, unlike most crops, yields not one, but two or even more harvests. The first one is the cane that grows from the seed (basically stem cuttings or “setts”), which […]

Six months after floods, Kerala’s farm sector makes a come back

Six months after a devastating deluge washed away thousands of hectares of land parcels—under cultivation of all kinds of agriculture crops including paddy and banana, vegetables and plantations crops like coffee, cocoa, coconut, tea, rubber, cardamom, pepper and other spices—that ruined the life and livelihood of thousands of farmers, Kerala’s agriculture sector is now on […]

US organic farming advocate Enid Wonnacott dies at 57

Enid Wonnacott, longtime executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, died Saturday morning at her home in Huntington surrounded by family and close friends. Wonnacott, who was 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In early October […]

After Darjeeling tea, Darjeeling coffee is the next big thing

The North East of India, with its rolling hills and verdant plantations, has long been synonymous with tea. Coffee – that dark, moody brew, lightened with milk, and frothed to perfection by rigorous pouring and mixing – largely remained a South Indian phenomenon, with most of the plantations located in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. […]

Among Padma awardees: farmers, gau sevaks, doctors

At a time agrarian issues have taken centre stage in the country’s politics, the central government has announced Padma awards for 12 farmers, including two women, from nine states. Kamala Pujhari, Rajkumari Devi, Babulal Dahiya and Hukumchand Patidar have been conferred the prestigious award for conserving old, traditional seeds and promoting organic farming. Kamala Pujhari […]

Agri-marketing: DTH from Farm

The ultimate dream for any farmer is to sell his produce directly to consumers for a maximum retail price fixed by him. There are some in Punjab trying to realise this utopia. Tarsem Singh turned full-time farmer in 2008, after retiring as principal of a government senior secondary school.