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Sierra Leone: Nursing agriculture back to health
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/24/2014 6:54:47 AM | Views: 20663
By Kingsley Ighobor and Ernest Harsch
Sierra Leoneans love to eat rice. For them, rice is the food to live on. “It doesn’t matter what other food they eat, they must eat rice at least once a day before they can say they have eaten at all,” explains Umaru Fofana, editor of Politico, a Sierra Leonean newspaper. But now Joseph Sam Sesay, the minister in charge of agriculture, forestry and food security, wants his compatriots to loosen their relationship with rice.
SRI to the rescue of village hit by labour shortage
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/8/2014 5:16:49 AM | Views: 15947
“We have at last found a solution to labour shortage. I am hopeful of sustainable farming”
Not long ago, farmers of Kavanthandalam, a village about 10 km from Uthiramerur of Kancheepuram district and situated along Cheyyar river, were extremely worried about the future of farming in their area.
Wind farms may divert migratory birds
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/8/2014 5:13:13 AM | Views: 14629
A study by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has suggested that high-tension transmission cables should be laid underground in areas with a high concentration of birds vulnerable to collision. It also says that pre-development studies had indicated that wind farms set up for electricity could pose a major threat to migratory birds.
Organic farming veteran Nammalvar dead
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/8/2014 5:10:28 AM | Views: 2881
The pioneer of organic farming in Tamil Nadu, G Nammalvar, died at the age of 75 in Athivetti village in Thanjavur district on Monday. He is survived by wife, Savithri, and daughter, Meena.
Sources close to Nammalvar said he died due to age-related ailments. He was in Athivetti while leading a campaign against a private company's methane exploration project in the Cauvery delta. Angels Raja, a close associate of Nammalvar, said the latter had not been feeling well for the past few days. "But he refused to stay away from the campaign against the methane exploration project. He even attended a book release function on Sunday in the Mullivaikkal Mutram in Thanjavur," Raja said.
Eleven year old Indian girl's films on agriculture to be screened in Senegalese Seed Fair
posted by sheonarayan on 11/23/2013 1:38:35 AM | Views: 9140
Short films made by a 11-year-old Mayuri from Pastapur in Medak district will be screened in the Senegalese Seed Fair in March next year. Mayuri who is part of the Deccan Development Society (DDS) delegation has also been invited to address a number of schools in the region and share with the local children her own work of combining schooling with agriculture filmmaking.
Natural farming: Going back to the roots
posted by sheonarayan on 11/23/2013 1:36:48 AM | Views: 9026
When you see a huge fruit, your first thoughts, perhaps, would be that they are genetically modified or chemically enhanced. However, this can also be done through 'organic' farming. Propagators of this farming technique prefer calling it zero-budget natural farming, which is largely dependent on things found easily on the farm itself. Such produce would soon be available at local markets.
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