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1 In 3 Farmers In Punjab Below Poverty Line: Study

Chandigarh: Pal Singh, 55, a resident of Sowhna village in Patiala who grows maize and paddy, owns two acres of land. With a monthly ‘saving’ of Rs. 2,000 after selling the harvest and paying for his land lease, Mr Singh does not have enough to provide for his family. He has no money to buy […]

Organic products are in high demand in Kolkata

Spend whatever amount you may, but the rice you buy from the market will have some amount of pesticide in it. The two types of rice polished and super-polished go through multiple levels of refinement with chemicals and pesticide. On the one hand, the process drains nutritional value from the grains and on the other, […]

You are what your mother ate

By Maneka Sanjay Gandhi In 1930, Dr. Pottenger conducted a study to find out more about the effects of raw versus cooked meat, as well as raw versus pasteurized milk on cats and whether they had any impact on growth and development. Nine hundred cats were studied in ten years in order to not only […]

Rajasthan Govt pitches organic farming to double farmer income

What was once a barren land is covered with the lush green cover today! Were talking about Rajasthan: the desert state of India, a state that was struggling with droughts, water scarcity and extreme climate for several centuries. Over the years, the hard-working farmers of Rajasthan scripted new success stories in agriculture. Even Rajasthan government […]

Nine districts selected for organic farming project Assam

GUWAHATI, June 17 – The Assam Government has identified 10 clusters across nine districts of Assam for implementation of the Centrally-sponsored Mission Organic Value Chain Development for the north-eastern region (MOVCD). Officials told this newspaper that the nine districts where areas having feasibility of organic farming have been selected are Golaghat, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Kamrup Metro, […]

Palekar roped in to promote organic farming in AP

Noted agriculturist and inventor of Zero Budget Natural Spiritual Farming, Subhash Palekar, has been appointed as advisor by the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to promote organic farming in the state. As part of the mandate, Palekar will be responsible for formulating agriculture related policies and look after knowledge sharing with the farmers.

Increasing income of Bihars farmers a priority: Nitish Kumar

Patna, June 16 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the main focus of the states agriculture road map is on increasing income of farmers and ensuring sustainable development of the sector. He also assured farmers of providing them minimum support price (MSP) with 50 per cent additional incentive. Kisano ki aamdani mein […]

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Go organic to beat drought, says seed reviver

Nel Jayaraman has some advice for farmers struggling to grow high-yielding varieties of paddy during drought: Go organic. Having switched to growing indigenous paddy in an organic manner some 15 years ago, Mr. Jayaraman said farmers need spend only a little on input costs and can get good returns on their investment if they grew […]

FSSAI plans labeling of GM foods

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning a regime of labelling genetically modified (GM) foods, which do not exist in India as of now. The move comes after India’s apex regulator for GM foods, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), approved India’s first transgenic food crop GM Mustard for commercial cultivation […]

Horticulturists tag states home grown veggies, fruits

BENGALURU: K Ramakrishnappa is busy through the week, monitoring his heirloom crops at his Mysuru farm and training farmers in organic farming. Meanwhile, his former colleague SV Hittalamani travels to rural pockets in Kolar, Ramanagara and Yelahanka to offer free consultation to farmers before returning to Bengaluru. “After retirement I work with farmers and help […]

SJVN to develop skill of 1600 farmers in HP

Public Sector SJVN Limited has undertaken to provide skill development training to 1,600 individuals from Himachal Pradesh as a part of Skill India Initiative of the Government of India (GoI). The youths will be given skill training in the fields of horticulture, floriculture, vegetable, mushroom farming, bee-keeping, medicinal and aromatic plants, nursery plant protection, organic […]

Thailand Aims To Become Organic Farming Leader In ASEAN

BANGKOK — Thailand has set a goal to promote organic agriculture under its five-year plan by extending organic farming in the country to cover one million rai (400,000 acres) of areas in the next five years, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. Agriculture Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya said that the 2017-2021 national organic agriculture development strategies […]

Arunachal farmers keen to go organic

Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) [India], June 13 (ANI): Arunachal Pradesh would turn totally organic soon with global organic scientist Dr Nilmadhab Nanda offering progressive farmers the required mantra. Dr.Nanda, who arrived here on June 7 at the invitation of Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin and prolonged his stay, gave a presentation to state Agriculture Secretary Ajimul […]

Shift to organic farming, increase vegetable production

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Sandeep Kumar Nayak, Friday chaired an officers meeting to review the progress on various agriculture related state and centrally sponsored schemes. He called for shifting from inorganic to organic farming and increasing of the production in vegetables. He also laid stress on increasing the Seed replacement rate of paddy, […]