Winning the battle against hunger
This revival in Andhra Pradesh shows how a variety of millets can fight hunger even during drought, keep farmers debt-free, and provide
much-needed nutrition without using pesticides.
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 arid soils and poverty. And yet, the secret to the
their healthy skins 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, about cropping patterns and yields, 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
SUCCESS IN TRANSITION
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
2004 BUDGET PROPOSALS
A revolution long turned brown
The measure of the Budget lies in whether the proposals have
the potential to provide an effective solution to the
crisis of the agrarian community.
On that score, says
there will be little to cheer
as long as the government persists with the failed Green
Transitioning to organic
Increasingly, farmers in green-revolution belts are becoming aware of the long-term economic, health and ecological
benefits of switching to organic farming. But is the trajectory of the switchover smooth? What are the costs?
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.
Slowly, as elsewhere in India, here too they are saying farewell to
the pesticides that once promised so much, but now threaten both livelihood and
A ray of hope in Nasik
Cautiously, but with conviction, some farmers are switching to organic
farming, and bidding goodbye to the pesticide-driven harvests of the Green
Revolution. The government is of little help, and pesticide dealers
still have considerable influence, but a growing number of farmers are
putting the long-term health of their land first.
An easier choice
A new bio-fertilisation solution offers protection for the long-term
health of soils, as well as a cheaper alternative to traditional chemical
treatment. Just as importantly, it works much faster than organic manure,
letting farmers switch to organic cultivation more easily.
Organic : to combat pesticide residues
In its report this February on pesticides in soft drinks and beverages, the JPC has acknowledged the need for better
makes a broad assessment of conventional agriculture and argues that there is a strategic case for a shift
to organic agriculture in India.
35 acres, organic and profitable
Anitha Pailoor profiles a large landholding family farm in Karnataka's Hassan district that
switched from chemical farming to organic in the mid-nineties.
Market-driven and sustainable?
In a significant move, the Kerala government has decided to promote the production and
marketing of organic food. C Surendranath reports.
No ordinary farm
On G S Gidde Gowda's farm outside Hassan, the theories of conventional farming take a
backseat, while he applies a systematic preference for nature's own hand.