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Sierra Leone: Nursing agriculture back to health
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/24/2014 6:54:47 AM | Views: 28454
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.

Over 8.67 lakh Tamil Nadu farmers left agriculture in the last decade
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/20/2014 3:15:23 AM | Views: 21372
Nearly 8.67 lakh farmers have quit agriculture and shifted to other sectors during the last 10 years in Tamil Nadu as per te 2011 census, a farmer's body leader said today.

SRI to the rescue of village hit by labour shortage
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/8/2014 5:16:49 AM | Views: 21371
“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: 20105
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: 3729
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.

Narendra Modi government in Gujarat grabbing land of farmers, alleges Arvind Kejriwal
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/6/2014 9:43:36 AM | Views: 20160
Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday slammed the Gujarat government and accused them of threatening and grabbing the land of farmers. Kejriwal is in Gujarat to verify the development claims often made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Sugar output for 2013-14 revised lower by 5 per cent at 23.8 million tonnes
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/6/2014 9:39:31 AM | Views: 11641
Country's sugar production for the marketing year 2013-14 has been revised downwards by 1.2 million tonnes to 23.8 million tonnes due to lower output estimates in Uttar Pradesh, industry body ISMA said today.

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: 12347
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: 12341
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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