SWAJAIVIK FARMING: Sustainable organic farms for all

The concept of rooftop farming is not new, existing from perhaps as far back as 500 BC —the hanging gardens of Babylon. In the present context there have been many experimental rooftop farms too, a very successful one being the Brooklyn Grange in midst of the bustling New York City. India too is not far […]

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Biofertilisers in Indian Agriculture

As per the Fertiliser Control Order (FCO), 1985, ‘biofertiliser’ is any product containing carrier based (solid or liquid) living microorganisms, which are agriculturally useful in terms of nitrogen fixation, phosphorous solubilisation or nutrient mobilisation, increasing the productivity of the soil and crop. Biofertilisers are also known as bioinoculant or microbial inoculant or cultures. On application, […]

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Natural Gas For Fertiliser: Development Imperatives

India’s massive demand for natural gas is a result of its easy substitution of liquid fuels such as naphtha, fuel oil, diesel etc. India at present is producing less than 100 million standard cubic meter per day (MMSCMD) and another 50 MMSCMD is imported as liquefied natural gas (LNG) (Fertiliser Statistics, 2011-12, Fertiliser Association of […]

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Organic Agriculture Prospects and Potential

Ardent promoters of organic farming consider that present day organic agriculture, which is a mix of traditional wisdom and modern science, can herald the complete development of rural areas, especially in developing countries like India where the large chunk of farmers are small, with minimal resources and limited access to water. As per the International […]

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Organic Agriculture

Organic Agriculture: An Indian Perspective

Organic agriculture is cultivation of plants without the use of any artificial or synthetic chemical input (fertiliser, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc.), genetically modified organism (GM food), irradiation and bio-solids. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and biological cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of synthetic inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture […]

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Jhum

Jhum

Since the earliest phase of human existence, man has always been integrally associated with nature, and thereby with land and forests. Shifting cultivation, commonly known as ‘jhum’ is one of the most ancient systems of farming believed to have originated in the Neolithic period around 7000 BC. The system is regarded as the first step […]

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