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Freedom from agri chemicals -Ishteyaque Ahmad

-The Hindu Business Line Bihar village gives up fertilisers/ pesticides for eco-agriculture On World Environment Day last year — which happened to be one of the hottest summer mornings — as we stood on the main road roughly a kilometre from Kedia village, in the Jamui district of Bihar, we heard loud voices in the distance. Soon we found 50-60 children marching and shouting in unison, ‘Jeevit maati... jeevit khet!’ (alive is the...

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Sikkim becomes ‘organic’ model for other Himalayan states -Devinder Sharma

-ABP Live blog This is fabulous news. Perhaps the best we heard in recent times. The tiny, land-locked Himalayan State of Sikkim has become fully organic. All credit goes to Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling for making that possible. It took almost 12 years to realize that dream. When Pawan Kumar Chamling made a declaration in the State assembly way back in 2003 to go completely organic, I doubt if many experts...

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UNEP lauds pesticide-free farming in Kerala -KA Martin

-The Hindu Kuruvai village in Palakkad credited with replacing pesticides with agroecology Kochi (Kerala): The success of a group of farmers in Kuruvai village in Palakkad district’s Vadakkencherry panchayat in cultivating paddy without Chemical Pesticides has come in for praise from United Nations Environment Programme. It finds a prominent place in a book on replacing highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology brought out by Pesticide Action Network International. The book was released at the...

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Why farmer suicides in Punjab is a climate story -Bahar Dutt

-Livemint.com The destruction of almost two-thirds of the state’s cotton crop by the whitefly has forced 15 farmers to commit suicide, pushed hundreds of others into debt An insect has ravaged the cotton crop across Punjab’s Malwa region. The destruction of almost two-thirds of the state’s cotton crop by the whitefly has forced as many as 15 farmers to commit suicide and pushed hundreds of others into debt. A Times of India report...

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After 15 suicides in Punjab, central aid to cotton farmers?

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Centre will take a call on providing assistance to Punjab cotton farmers, whose crop was damaged due to whitefly pests, after getting report of a central team that visited the state last week to assess the extent of damage. "The team will submit its report in a day or two, making it possible for the agriculture ministry to find out the extent of loss due...

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