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Organic farming takes root in Zamboanga del Sur

For the last five years, leaders of Dumingag, a quiet rice-producing town in Zamboanga del Sur, have enlisted earthworms in a historic fight against poverty perpetuated by the costly chemical-dependent farming that kills the lowly organisms. Earthworms are natural agents of soil fertility; their presence indicates a healthy farm and its eventual produce. By helping […]

Ecological Agriculture, Climate Resilience and a Roadmap to Get There

New Book Released Ecological Agriculture, Climate Resilience and a Roadmap to Get There (Part of the Environment & Development series no. 14) By Doreen Stabinsky and Lim Li Ching Publisher: TWN ISBN: 978-967-5412-67-7 Year: 2012   No. of pages: 48 14.5cm x 21cm About the Authors: DOREEN STABINSKY is Professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of […]

Going Green

Organic farming is a production system that relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions to sustain the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Instead of using synthetic inputs such as fertilisers, pesticides, hormones or feed additives, organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment for a good […]

Assam’s new farm mantra: go organic

Samudra Gupta Kashyap : Guwahati, Fri Apr 13 2012, 00:02 hrs The state government is set to embark on a mission to popularise organic farming. Once the monsoon gets over — right now the state is witnessing only pre-monsoon showers — the agriculture department will identify 30 bighas of land in each of the 126 […]

Training on organic farming

A two-day training programme on organic farming of turmeric was inaugurated today at Tiger Camp in Imphal East organised by KVK Andro under the sponsorship of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Agriculture, and Government of India. As resource persons of the training programme, Dr Th Ribindro, Plant Protection Subject Matter Specialist of KVK Andro and […]

Punjab Green Revolution: A Death to a Civilization?

Train 339 has been famously dubbed as India’s “Cancer Train” leaves every night at 10.30 pm, from small station of Punjab to a very special destination. Passengers wear a sad and dismal face and comprise mostly of young children and adult men. It carries passengers from the state of Punjab to a government run hospital […]

Benefits of organic farming in the age of climate change

While addressing a conference on the National Water Week this week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh underlined the brewing water crisis. The maximum blame for wastage of water is often put at the doors of agriculture. The Prime Minister also pointed out that agriculture consumes three-fourth of our water resources. He says, “Given the limitations of […]

Andhra adivasi coffee now at elite stores in Mumbai

There’s new brew on the menu at Indigo Deli, and it comes packaged with fresh karma. The deli’s outlets at Colaba, Phoenix Mills and Andheri (West) will now stock Araku Emerald coffee, which is grown by Adivasi farmers in Andhra Pradesh. The coffee gets its name from the valley in which it is grown, Araku […]