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Tue 2Sep2014

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Nalbari farmers resume cultivation after 25 years

By Ratna Bharali Taukdar

Thousands of farmers in Borigog-Barbhag block, in lower Assam’s Nalbari district, joined hands to dredge a 15-km stretch of a water channel that had blocked and flooded farmlands across 50 villages. For 25 years, farmers had abandoned work on their waterlogged lands. Now they are back in business and busy planning two crops a year

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Organic farming brings hope to Vidarbha's distressed farmers

By Bharat Dogra

Low-cost, sustainable and environment-friendly farm technologies are helping boost the confidence and self-reliance of farmers in the drought-prone Vidarbha region of Maharashtra

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Umra takes up 'non-violent' farming

For the last four years, a team from the civil society organisation Ugam Gram Vikas Sanstha in Umra, Hingoli district, Maharashtra, has been successfully propagating the advantages of organic farming in this drought-prone district

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Farmer field schools rid Pakistan's cotton fields of pesticides

A movement conceived by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, funded first by the European Union and now by the Pakistani government, gives farmers in the cotton-growing belt of the Indus valley the skills and confidence to curb the indiscriminate use of pesticides, whilst also reducing poverty

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No starvation deaths in villages with grain banks

In Kashipur and Rayagada districts of Orissa, villagers survive the summer months on mango kernels and tamarind seeds. Now, villagers are getting together to set up their own grain banks and their own safety nets

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Earthworms to the rescue

Vermicompost reduces the cost of production by 20% and enhances output by 25%. Most important, it's organic. The M R Morarka-GDC Rural Research Foundation (MRRF) has promoted vermiculture to transform the lives of over 3 lakh farmers in Rajasthan

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BAIF ropes in farmers to regenerate community pastureland

Community pastures are an important resource in the arid state of Rajasthan. BAIF's pastureland development project has involved the community in revitalising common pastures, solving the problem of fodder, regenerating wastelands and boosting soil and water conservation

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Incubator for rural innovations

From Bullet motorcycles modified to function as ploughs to high-yielding cardamom varieties, SRISTI in Ahmedabad is helping hundreds of grassroots inventors and innovators to conserve biodiversity and develop eco-friendly solutions to local problems

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Fishing in the right waters

The fisherwomen of Nayagarh, Orissa, are being trained in freshwater aquaculture. Their newfound economic stability means that they can finally afford to eat the fish they catch.

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SOS: Save our seeds!

A small village in Tehri-Garhwal pioneers a unique movement to conserve and promote indigenous seeds and agricultural practices.

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