Anju Agnihotri Chaba

Jayant Barve used to market chemical fertilisers and pesticides and practise chemical agriculture himself. In 1988, he switched to sustainable agriculture, and has never looked back since. In this interview he emphasises that despite much lower input costs, organic farming does give the same yield as chemical agriculture, sometimes even more. An interview by Claude Alvares.

This study presents foliar application effect of Kappaphycus alvarezii (5-15%) extract on yield and seed quality of greengram at flowering stage. Application of K. alvarezii (conc. 10.0%) significantly increased seed yield (30.11%) compared to control,due to increase in yield of pods, weight of pods as well as seed yield per plant and 100 seed weight.

A field experiment was conducted during kharif and rabi season to study the organic, integrated and pure chemical fertilizers as a source of nutrition on maize growth, macro and micro nutrient uptake on irrigated sandy loam soil in maize-wheat sequence.


Coconut leaf vermiwash (CLV) was produced from actively vermicomposting coconut leaf litter + cow dung substrate (10 : 1 w/w basis) by Eudrilus sp. It significantly increased the seedling vigour index of cowpea and paddy at 1 : 10 and 1 : 15 dilutions in laboratory trials.

Nearly one sixth of the global population is malnourished. The problem is particularly acute in tropical Africa, where constant or recurrent food shortages affect over 30% of the population

Response of Terminalia chebula Retz. to application with three different biofertilizers like Azospirillum, phospobacteria and vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal (VAM) and four differerent biofertilizers combinations like Azospirillum and Phospobacteria, Azospirillum with VAM, Phospobacteria with VAM and Azospirillum with Phosbacteria and VAM was studied under nursery condition.

Many organisations emerged in the country to create awareness among the farmers on organic farming. The 'Welfare Organization for Rural Development' (WORD) is a dedicated organization in Tirupati (A.P.) working for the upliftment of the rural poor through implementation of various technologies for livelihood, health and environment protection.