THE COLDIRETTI DEBATE
Lessons from Italy for the Indian farmer
Italian farmer group Coldiretti is ushering in a new paradigm in farming, and has emerged as a powerful lobby for the interests of the small
reports on the campaign and wonders if Indian agriculture can emulate the same.
KITCHEN GARDEN SUCCESS
Vegetables in the backyard
A retired physician in small-town Manipal in Karnataka sets an example in kitchen gardening and highlights the many benefits it brings apart from the yield itself.
brings us his remarkable story.
Winning the battle against hunger, silently
Revival of millet cultivation in Medak of Andhra shows how a variety of millets can fight hunger even during drought, keep farmers debt-free, and provide the much-needed nutrition without using pesticides, reports
Organic veggies in my Inbox
In operation now for more than two years, Gorus has a network of about 50 committed families as consumers and 25 farmers as suppliers, and growing steadily.
Good food, Indian-style
They are two simple, rural women, living in rural Andhra Pradesh, in an area known for its arid soils, its resultant lack of food and its poverty. And unbelievable as it may seem, the answer to the healthy skins of Chandramma and Narsamma lies in good nutrition.
Timbaktu Organic is scaling up
This year, 160 farmers in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district committed 480 acres
for organic production. Two complete cycles of procurement, processing, and
marketing of organic produce in a number of cities have already been completed.
says Timbaktu Organic is expanding.
Nothing unscientific about it
The scientific establishment remains highly sceptical about organic methods. But Dr Tarak Kate and his
colleagues at a Wardha-based NGO
have collected data systematically, to negate the charge that this alternative is unscientific and unproven.
Farmers persist with organic, see results
For a number of reasons including frustration
with chemical agriculture,
improved economic prospects and concern for nature, some farmers in Punjab
are growing organic.
travelled around parts of the state to meet a number of farmers and
dealers of organic products last month.
An organic cup of tea, please
Since 1980, organic tea consumption has grown by leaps
and bounds. India too has joined this new green revolution with many farmers already growing organic tea or converting their plantations to do so. However many barriers have to be overcome before this sector realises its full potential.
K V Prayukth
Organic farming takes hold in Rajasthan
Large numbers of farmers have opted for a way of cultivation that does away with chemical
pesticides, and most importantly, uses less water in a water-starved state. The dramatic
results are nowhere more visible than in Rajasthan's Shekhawati belt, reports
Transitioning to organic
discusses the challenges for conventional farmers who may want to adopt organic practices.
Putting away the toxic spray
Farmers in Andhra Pradesh's Warangal district are doing the math, and learning that
the chemistry that kills their pests is taking its toll on them as well.