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Tripura to take lessons from Organic Sikkim

Tripura has initiated organic farming in the state and would take lessons from Sikkim on this, Agriculture Minister Aghore Debbarma said here on Saturday. “To expand the organic farming of vegetables in Tripura we would take help and knowledge from Sikkim,” the minister told IANS. He said that the agriculture department has earmarked 2,000 hectares […]

Sanwarlal Jat pitches for organic farming

Jaipur, Feb 23 (PTI) Former Union Minister Sanwarlal Jat today pitched for consumer awareness over organic farming and consumption. Sanwarlal Jat, Chairman of State Farmers Commission, said ample awareness will create demand and also trigger supply, while addressing a state level advocacy meeting organised by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), a non-profit organisation to […]

Young India can save the future of agriculture

Over a century old, the historic Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in Coimbatore has seen many remarkable individuals in the position of vice chancellor. Many have come and gone in the past decades. The coveted post entails dealing with technocrats, labourers, academics and students alike. During their term, vice chancellors are the face and emblem […]

Burlang Yatra – Annual Indigenous Seed Festival

The annual indigenous traditional community seed festivals have been an ancient practice in India and an integral part of the indigenous farming culture. There is no gainsaying that conservation of agro-biodiversity and agro-ecology is indispensable for food security and indigenous farmers realized it long ago. As an ancient practice, the indigenous farmers in India have […]

Centre plans to make NE as hub of organic farming

Ministry of Agriculture has been embarking into the plan to make Northeast region as hub of organic farming considering it’s socio-environmental potential, said Union minister of State for Agriculture Sudarshan Bhagat today. Mr Bhagat who arrived here on a three day visit and attended the conference of BJP farmer’s wing – Krishak Morcha, addressing two […]

What is Organic Farming?

To start with, organic farming is the need of the hour. What is being considered as a new ways of growing healthier and sturdier crops are actually the traditional methods that were used by our ancestors. The increasing need for more food and the invention of modern equipment, took over the real practise of farming […]

Kenyan MPs clash with BT researchers over GMO ban

Kenyan MPs on Tuesday clashed with biotechnology researchers over the lifting of the GMO ban. The law makers dismissed a call to have the ban lifted and called for development of home grown biotechnology solutions rather than imposing “foreign ideologies”. Our researchers should focus on home grown technologies that address some of the challenges farmers […]

Excessive pesticide use damaging mango flowers

VISAKHAPATNAM: Even though mango orchards in the district are in full bloom, excessive use of fungicides and pesticides by lease holders is proving to be a threat to the flowers. According to the latest studies provided by the Andhra Pradesh horticulture department, farmers are using more than three times the volume of pesticides required to […]

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Tucked away in a tiny village, 154 paddy variants

B.K. Deva Rao has dedicated five acres of his agricultural land in the serene Mittabagilu village of coastal Karnataka to just one purpose preserving different varieties of paddy. The varieties he preserves have grown over a period of three-and-a-half decades to 154. In his village, about 16 km from Ujire in Dakshina Kannada, Mr. Deva […]

Contamination levels show falling trend in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 13 of the 50 vegetables available in markets across the State and 11 of the 28 spices and condiments commonly used by households across the State are laced with pesticides, despite the overall downward trend in the contamination of staple edibles. The 2016 annual report of the Pesticide Residue Research and […]

Radha Mohan Singh inaugurates Indian Seed Congress 2017

KOLKATA: The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh spoke about National Farmer Policy of the Union Government and said that the objective of this policy is to accelerate agricultural output, develop infrastructural facilities in the villages, promote value addition, expedite the growth of agro-business, create employment in the rural areas, […]

Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

The most infamous fact about organic food is that its expensiveabout 47% more expensive, according to a recent analysis from Consumer Reports. But a new review study published in Nature Plants analyzed everything research currently knows about organic farming versus the conventional kind and found that organic offers a lot of good that outweighs its […]

Governments organic farming dream for NE turns messy

New Delhi: The governments much-touted plan to develop the Northeast region as the countrys organic farming hub has run into rough weather. The charge for the organic farming plan has been taken away from the ministry for development of north-eastern region (DoNER) and given to the agriculture and farmers welfare ministry. The DoNER ministry has […]