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Bio inputs give better yield for brinjal growers in Chittoor, AP
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/8/2014 5:19:19 AM | Views: 14372
There is a general view that agriculture is not a remunerative profession. But for those who continue to do farming, there seems to be no choice. Either they leave the fields fallow or sell the lands for quick money.
“Reasons for being unremunerative are many like high cost of inputs, inability to break even in profit, marketing etc. But in spite of all these problems there are people like Mr. P. Muniratnam Naidu in Kasturikandriga village, Tirupati Rural Mandal, Chittoor district for whom agriculture is lucrative.
Farm steps to bear fruit
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/8/2014 5:08:31 AM | Views: 7444
Farmers can now grow exotic fruits, flowers and vegetables in their backyard. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a centre of excellence, horticulture, at Deras farm on the outskirts of the city on Sunday. The centre, developed with latest technical knowhow from Israel on 25 acre, will produce quality saplings and seedlings.
Wheat prices bullish on global cues
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/6/2014 9:36:50 AM | Views: 2383
India wheat prices remain firm in the global market with reports of crop loss doing the rounds in the domestic market. Prices have firmed up to $280 atonne for March delivery from a low of $265 a tonne in January. Business conglomerates like ITCBSE 0.54 %, Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, Glencore and EmmsonsBSE 4.97 % have entered or actively looking at the Gujarat market from where the exports are taking place.
Agriculture dependent population in India grew by 50%
posted by ilayabharathi on 3/6/2014 9:32:25 AM | Views: 12912
The agriculture dependent population of India grew by a whopping 50 per cent between 1980 and 2011, the highest for any country during this period, followed by China with 33 per cent, while that of the United States dropped by 37 per cent as a result of large scale mechanization, a latest report has said.
Natural farming: Going back to the roots
posted by ilayabharathi on 2/18/2014 2:23:38 AM | Views: 8453
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.
How Indian farmers are preserving the good earth
posted by sheonarayan on 9/10/2013 5:28:36 AM | Views: 8623
YONG Weng Thing was amazed when he saw the field of spinach. Being a farmer himself, he knows good quality stuff when he sees it and quickly helped himself to the greens. A bunch of spinach in hand, he gestured a thumbs up to R. Venkatrasa, owner of the organic farm in a village in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Natural fertilizer gains popularity
posted by sheonarayan on 8/15/2013 5:16:02 AM | Views: 2443
When it comes to applying the traditional ways of farming, the demand for natural fertilizer Jeevamrat made of cow dug and urine is gaining popularity in the region.
Jeevamrat comprises different components like cow urine, cow dug, gram flour (besan) and jaggery (gur). It strengthens the fertility of soil three times in comparison to other fertilizers.
Easing pressure on land resources through natural farming
posted by sheonarayan on 5/18/2013 11:53:22 AM | Views: 3079
Cruising through the winding roads of the Halsema highway, one is delighted with the scenery of fields on a rolling terrain of temperate vegetables.
But for all the picturesque sight, a large portion of the soil here holds a menace to the environment and the health of both farmers and consumers....
MNREGS killing entrepreneurial spirit of rural AP, says study
posted by sheonarayan on 2/14/2013 9:37:06 AM | Views: 13862
The UPA government's pet programme - the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) - may have been started with the objective of securing the livelihood of the residents of rural India by providing assured employment for 100 days in a year, but has ended up choking the entrepreneurial spirit in the hinterlands of Andhra Pradesh.
From zero investment to earnings of Rs. 6 lakh a year
posted by sheonarayan on 12/19/2012 10:44:22 AM | Views: 2300
Cultivate the sour gooseberry and experience the sweet after-taste that the fruit is famed for. This was the mantra that turned a farmer into a businessman in drought-prone Sidlaghatta taluk in Chickballapur district .Farmer V. Narayanaswamy, who used to be involved in the less-lucrative rearing of silkworms, now earns lakhs of rupees annually from his five-acre dryland in Jangamasigehalli.
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