Organic farming policy in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to make farming climate resilient, reduce farmers’ risks and enhance their income, the State Government has come up with Odisha Organic Farming Policy-2018. “The policy has been framed to promote organic farming and provide market for the products,” said a notification of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department. Agriculture department officials […]

On Organic Farming

Primitive but ecologically symbiotic farming practised by mankind since ages before the arrival of conventional agriculture is now largely influencing the environmentalists with its quotient of coexistence. That is what progressed the concept of modern organic farming. Organic farming is the cultivation of land and producing crops while maintaining the health of the soil by […]

Yes to ‘Desi Khaad’, No to Pesticides

Ramesh Ganeriwal’s farm in Gharoh village on a rainwashed road off Dharamshala on Pathankot highway is what dreams are made of. The labour of one man’s love for all things organic, this farm–approached by a rickety hanging bridge–has peaches, bananas, paddy and more, watered by natural streams. He has opted for the local kuhl system […]

For these students, it’s about learning & educating

For B.K. Manjushree of Chikkabantanahalli, Jagalur taluk in Davangere, media reports on farmers’ suicides are unbearable to read. Pursuing a Bachelors degree in agriculture for three years now, she believes mechanised and modern agricultural practises would help in the agrarian crisis. This is what she has been telling farmers at T.M. Hosuru. “Farming with unscientific […]

Samaksham, a story from the soil

It is a campus many of us are familiar with – the MG University Campus. Neelathamara fame Kailash too had visited the campus twice during his college days but it was his role in  the upcoming Samaksham that gave him a very different perspective of the University, its working and the 100 acres of ground […]

Lakhs through organic mango farming

We all love mangoes and if it’s an organic one then our love for the fruit also increase. Here is a story of young boy from north India who is earning lakhs through organic farming of mangoes. A 23-year old civil engineer by profession and a resident of Meerut, Rohan Prakash always wanted to do […]

Punjab has failed to promote organic farming: Expert

Chandigarh: Punjab has failed miserably to promote organic farming the way it should have been promoted, said Chairman of the Punjab State Farmers and Farm Workers Commission Ajay Vir Jakhar here on Friday. He was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on “Role of agrochemicals for sustainable agriculture enhancing farmers’ productivity sustainably”.

India’s emerging vegetable basket asks for Chinese investment

Jharkhand, one of India’s emerging vegetable baskets is seeking Chinese investment to set up food processing units to control post-harvest loss and generate more jobs. “We met senior ministers of China’s government on Tuesday and invited them to invest in setting up food processing plants in the state,” Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand who […]

Madurai couple add value to agriculture

The small shop selling organic products on Sixth Main Road in Gomathipuram is a gross understatement of what it is. Its deceptive nature does not reveal that it is the epicentre of a movement to provide ‘poison-free’ food for the public and get remunerative prices for farmers with a win-win formula. The man sits on […]

Many opting for organic farming in TS

Wanaparthy: In recent years, rural Telangana has witnessed a spurt in organic farming, largely influenced by Subhash Palekar’s integrated farming approach. NRIs, software employees, retired professionals and traditional farmers have been actively opting for organic farming. Praveen Kumar Reddy is one such person who left his software job in Bengaluru to return to his roots […]

Natural wisdom can save agriculture

The man who launched zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) in India, 69-year-old Subhash Palekar from Belora village in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, has taken up the cause of spreading the concept as a viable and healthy alternative in agriculture. Palekar, who was awarded the Padma Shri, shed the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and switched […]