Ofai Organic World Congress

Celebration of ethnic delicacies and forgotten recipes

The Sattvik Traditional Food Festival, a three-day fest, is one of Ahmedabads most popular food festivals. Launched in 2004, the yearly festival is held in December and brings forgotten traditional recipes, lesser-known grains, vegetables and minor millets from underdeveloped areas to the urban populace. People anxiously wait for the winter, so that they soak in […]

Industrial agriculture is making a land grab in the name of ‘climate smart agriculture’.

‘Climate smart agriculture’ has become the buzz phrase at high level international policy discussions. But now there is a struggle over its definition. Is it the latest manifestation for corporate social responsibility or the title of a manifesto for real, grassroots led, change, ask Peter Newell, Jennifer Clapp and Zoe Brent The urgency derives from […]

Experts urge for toxin-free environment

NAGPUR: Ill-effects of using products that generate toxic waste and pollution of Nag River were the main topics taken up at the two-day workshop on ‘Toxin-free lifestyle’ organized by the Jeevit Nadi, Pune, and Ecological Society, Nagpur, recently. The panel of experts included eco sanitation expert and ecologist Niranjan Upasana, interior designer turned ecologist and […]

Establishing organic food products trace-ability mandatory: FSSAI

Stating that it was mandatory for manufacturers of organic food products to establish their trace-ability, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a gazette notification containing organic food regulations, laying down those pertaining to their labelling, certification and import. The notification stated, Traceability shall be established upto the producer level as applicable under […]

The Market Place: Focus on Organic Foods

Held at Vedic Village Spa Resort on January 13 and 14, The Market Place saw a gathering of more than 100 farmers, along with farmers collectives and cooperatives, NGOs and academics, politicians and government officials and, of course, consumers. Also present were delegates from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), a worldwide umbrella organisation […]

Chamling calls for India to go organic

As the Sikkim Organic Day- 2018 concluded on Thursday, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said it was high time that the rest of the country and the world realized the importance of organic farming. Citing the rampant use of chemical fertilisers in the rest of the country and the world, which is adversely impacting the fragile […]

2018 as year of millets

On the opening day of the International Trade Fair on Organics and Millets, which is underway in Bengaluru, the government of India declared 2018 as the year of millets, just as the cereal crop gained prominence as a staple and nutritious diet across sections of the society. Sadananda Gowda, minister of statistics and programme implementation, […]

Seed Exhibition in Hyderabad

Nearly 10,000 farmers from Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, are expected to participate to and do seed exchange (mainly paddy) during these days.It will be a good opportunity for BBSM members to display and create awareness and sell seeds of local vegetables and millets and other crops like Desi cotton.

Date 2nd February to 4th February 2018

Bio-fertiliser plant in Lakhra

Guwahati: Nova Biotech, a city-based private organic fertilizer firm, launched its first organic bio-fertiliser plant here on Friday to help government agencies accomplish the Centre’s target of making the Northeast an organic hub. The plant with initial capacity to produce 400 metric tonnes (MT) of bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides was inaugurated at Thapana Path at Lakhra […]

States palmyra products find new takers

Two girls were sitting crouched, keen in what looked like they were in needlework. They were making grow bags for saplings using palm leaves, guided by professional palm tappers from Tuticorin. The girls, K Priyadharshini, 20, and M R Woshambiga, 21, who are pursuing their masters in Tamil in the Shantalinga Adigalar Arts, Science and […]

Israeli tech turned desert into fertile land

AHMEDABAD: The friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, was apparent when they interacted with farmers in Vadrad village of Prantij taluka in Sabarkantha at the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables. Both leaders batted for use of scientific methods to increase farmers’ income. “We come from a land which was […]

Summer crops straight from your balcony

Get ready to learn the basics of planning and running a kitchen garden, from seeding, weeding and harvesting to pest management and composting. We guarantee you will not leave this workshop without getting your hands muddy! What youll take away from this workshop: -Inspiration to start your own edible garden -Excitement about plants -1 pot […]

Date 21st January 2018

Dont Waste Your Waste: How to Make Compost and Use It Too

It will be leading you through the entire process of converting your kitchen waste into delicious khaad. It will teach you to balance our dry and wet waste and ensure our compost doesnt get smelly. Different smart options for composting at home will be presented and practically introduced hands-on. Finally, we will close the loop […]

Date 20th January 2018

Time 11 am- 01:30 pm

National Conference on BhumiSuposhan

Akshay Krishi Pariwar is formed on the subject ofOrganic Agriculture. Ekalavya Foundation Chairman Manya P. Venugopala Reddy ji is the National Vice President of Akshay Krishi Pariwar. The Central Government is likely to derive its inputs from this apex body for expanding chemical free agriculture in the country in a big way by formulating appropriate […]

Date 24th March to 25th March, 2018

Farmers’ pain to end by 2022: Radha Mohan Singh

Big cheers await the agriculture and food sectors in the upcoming budget as union minister Radha Mohan Singh indicated a number of boosting measures are in the pipeline. “The next budget will see a significant financial boost for farmers under schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Krishi […]

Reaping it rich through natural farming

At a time when farmers are wary of treading on conventional farm practices, a progressive farmer who has adapted natural farming is reaping rich dividends. Arumalla Sambi Reddy, a native of Kunchanpalli village near Tenali, is now growing a variety of vegetables in his farm.

Organic Farming: New weapon in the carbon fight

It is not usual to think of soils in the context of climate change. Policy is usually focussed on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electricity sector, transport and industry. There has, however, been a renewed interest in understanding how soils can serve as a sink for carbon dioxide since atmospheric concentrations of carbon […]