Organic Farming

CM launches Mission Organic programme in SWGH

AMPATI: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma officially launched the Mission Organic in South West Garo Hills District during the day-long conclave on Clean & Green Mission under IBDLP at Betasing Block on Friday under the theme, “Promising an organic revolution for transformation of Meghalaya.”The conclave is a convergence programme of the Horticulture, Agriculture and C&RD departments in collaboration with FDS Mission Organic to create awareness among the farmers of the region on organic farming through deliberations and interaction.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Chief Minister dwelt at length on the number of problems that occur as a result of poor planning by certain departments, destruction of catchment areas, unscientific farming and excessive use of chemical fertilizers and said that it was to offset these issues that the government had started the Clean and Green Mission.”However, the effort will go in vain even if the government spends crores of rupees without community engagement,” Sangma said calling for synchronized activities of all the line departments along with aggressive engagement of the community.

He also said that the Mission Organic programme will be driven to every village in the district where land is available and announced that the first 100 villages in all the districts to become fully organic would be awarded with special schemes. Informing the gathering that a project Rs.4500 crore has been sanctioned to take care of the State’s water woes, he said that the original idea of IBDLP was to create water bodies in the State. He also asked the Horticulture department to prepare a programme for bamboo plantation, which can create sustainable livelihood and also lead to sustainable ecology.
Read more at http://www.theshillongtimes.com/2015/01/10/cm-launches-mission-organic-programme-in-swgh/#Pr75x3FOMLleTyRP.99

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EU to support the organic farming

EU is making steps over the future of organic production in the European farms.

EU to support the organic farming

Author: Agri.EU

The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council held a political debate and took note of the document prepared by the Presidency and the large support for the annex providing a political orientation on the proposal on organic farming.

 

Following the discussions in the Council and its preparatory bodies, the Presidency made progress in addressing the concerns of member states and proposed: a significant reduction of the number and scope of delegated acts; maintaining the status quo with regard to mixed farms; the introduction of the derogations for the use of non-organic seeds, non-organic animals and non-organic juveniles, in line with the existing rules.

Read more here: http://agri.eu/eu-to-support-the-organic-farming-news6306.html

Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification – Farming UK World news- Farming UK World news

Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification

One of the bodies that regulates Australian organic standards is pushing to allow crops that are accidentally contaminated with genetically modified material to retain their organic certification, in a move that would bring Australia in line with European regulators.

Under current Australian organic standards, products lose organic certification if they contain any level of GM material.

That’s what happened to Western Australian farmer Steve Marsh, who took his neighbour Mark Baxter to the WA supreme court claiming GM pollen from Baxter’s farm caused him to lose organic certification on part of his property. Marsh lost the case and has lodged an appeal.

But regulator Australian Certified Organic (ACO)

via Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification – Farming UK World news- Farming UK World news.

Farmers rewarded for not burning crop stalks

From China News:

Cui Min, a 62-year-old farmer in the village of Lianhua, Yonghe, in Bin county, Heilongjiang province, recently finished harvesting his corn in much the same way he has for the past 40 years.

This year, however, after the harvest, he left the cut stalks standing in the fields instead of burning them.

“I signed a deal with a local company,” Cui said. “They will pack the crop stalks and carry them away. In return for the crop stalks, they will also plow my fields before sowing in the spring.”

Read more: http://www.ecns.cn/2014/12-09/145888.shtml

First Oregon organic Christmas trees sold commercially find success at New Seasons

New Seasons jumped into the sustainable Christmas tree market this year, selling some of Oregon’s only organic trees.

The Oregonian wrote Wednesday about how a new…

More here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/12/first_oregon_organic_christmas.html

 

Securing Covers on Low Tunnels

Tags: winter gardening, season extension, Cindy Conner, Virginia

 low tunnel-fall greens

Building low tunnels that are about 30 inches tall to protect your crops through weather that is outside of their comfort zone is fairly easy to do using plastic pipe and plastic sheeting. You will find directions for this at Homeplace Earth. The tricky part is securing the covers. I have seen directions to make the cover with enough plastic sheeting on each end to draw it together to tie to a post in the ground. Sometimes the design calls for simply gathering the extra….

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/securing-covers-on-low-tunnels-zbcz1412.aspx#ixzz3LjHXzZSW

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