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Bihar farmer sets organic wheat production record

Nalanda (Bihar): A farmer from Bihar’s Nalanda district has set a national record in organic wheat production. Surendra Prasad of Sarilchak a village in Nalanda, about 100 km from Patna, has produced 135.75 quintals of wheat per hectare using the SRI (System of Rice Intensification) organic method. The national record so far was 100 quintals […]

Reaping harvest of happiness

Farmers in Karnataka are showing the way to profitable farming by going organic and conserving traditional seeds. INDIA a centre of megadiversity, not only geographically but also in its food. For instance, there used to be more than 3 lakh varieties of rice and there are more than 50 traditional varieties of Brinjal grown in […]

M. Balasubramanian, coordinator, OFAI’s State Secretariat, Tamil Nadu honoured with Annasaheb Sahasrabuddhe Award for 2012

Annasaheb Sahasrabuddhe award was presented to Mr.M. Balasubramanian of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. M Balasubramaian is the coordinator of OFAI’s state Secretariat, Tamil Nadu. The country wide OFAI community takes pride in this recognition and extends its hearty congratulations to him. Annasaheb Sahasrabuddhe Trust presented the award to Mr. Balasubramanian for this year at New Delhi […]

Rajasthan probes GM mustard trial

Crop trial centres say steps were taken to avoid contamination THE Rajasthan government has initiated an inquiry into the field trials of transgenic mustard conducted without due supervision. The state’s Department of Environment has called a meeting on April 2 to find out how the field trials were undertaken without the knowledge of the State […]

The Bt show at 10

For a farmer there is nothing more precious than his crop. But in parts of Vidarbha region this week, groups of farmers and women put fire to their cotton produce. The farmers were all deep in debt and the women were mostly widows of men who have committed suicide in recent years. It was not […]

Tackle cotton seed crisis: Forum

BANGALORE: Through the workshop ‘10 years of BT Cotton in Karnataka: whither other cotton?’ the Sahaja Samrudha, a seed savers group in the state with the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) urged the state government to tackle seed crisis. The speakers also appealed to the policy makers to adopt the valuable lessons gained through experience […]

Indigenous cotton farmer feted

BANGALORE: A cotton farmer from Haveri district, who cultivated 23 varities of cotton was awarded by the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board members and KRRS leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar in the city on Thursday. Nagappa Nimbegondi produces rare varieties including Abhadhita, Sahana, DCH 32 and Jayadhar among others. With an aim to create a seed bank for […]

Ryots against hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa

In a first of its kind, a ‘’Farmers’ Jury’’, has been held here recently in which farmers’ representatives from seven states participated. Scientists, farmers, lawyers, activists and government officials congregated to discuss the problems faced by the farmers of the eastern states of India. In the present budget, the Central Government has increased the allocation […]

Bihar organic farmer sets record in potato production

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s dream of India’s second green revolution taking off from Bihar seems to be coming closer to reality. A young farmer of Darveshpura village in Nalanda district has set what is claimed to be a world record in potato production through organic farming. Three months ago, a group of farmers in the […]