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.

KOCHI: The failure to implement projects formulated to manage domestic waste at its place of origin has led to the current waste management crisis in the city, former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P C Cyriac said here on Saturday.

The newly elected Mayor has expressed apprehension about the three landfill sites of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as they are already full beyond their capacity.

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.

Pune Aundh residents Rajendra and wife Sangeeta Joshi proudly display their property tax bill in which they have been awarded a rebate of five per cent. What makes the rebate doubly special is the fact that it

THANJAVUR: World Bank funded Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation of Water Bodies Restoration Management Project (IAMWARM) has helped in popularising vermicompost and pulses, maize and red gram cultivation in Pattukottai and Peravurani areas of Thanjavur district.

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.

Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is considered as one of the most essential vegetable crops for human nutrition.

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: In response to the clarion call of Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh for a Clean, Green and Plastic Free Arunachal, NABARD has sanctioned a pilot project on Solid Waste Management under its Rural Innovation Fund to be implemented in the state capital. The project is sanctioned to ENVIRON, a prominent NGO working in environment with its head Office at Guwahati.

Experiments were conducted to determine the efficacy of various vermicomposts produced from agro- and distillation-waste of medicinal and aromatic crops on hatching of eggs of Meloidogyne incognita (Kofoid and White) Chitwood and root-knot disease development in tomato.