Till a few years back, the name Mrs. Papama was unknown to many in Karnataka. But after the State government conferred the prestigious Rajyothsava award for her work in conserving native seeds and practising organic farming, at the famous annual Krishi Mela held at Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK), University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, she has become a household name.
The farmer as scientist, a Karnataka example
by M.J. PRABU, The Hindu, 11 December, 2008

Maha leads in organic farming

Times News Network, 21st December 2009, Time of India

Pune: With the state government aggressively promoting organic farming, nearly 10 lakh farmers, out of the one crore in the state, have now shifted to organic farming.

Krushnarao Deshmukh, divisional joint director of department of agriculture, recently said this was the highest number in the country in terms of farmers participation .


Farmers have been urged to switch over to organic farming practice as it promotes soil health, biodiversity and environment. There is always a huge demand for organic farm produce in the market. As small plants take up nutrients from top layer and trees from bottom layer, maintaining fertility and productivity of this top one metre layer is very vital for food productivity. It is found that soil fertility is depleting rapidly owing to careless use of inorganic fertilizers. The need of the hour is to concentrate on revitalizing the soil to sustain its productivity by using organic manures. To popularise the organic farming practice, it has been proposed to create an awareness among farmers through a series of training programmes and demonstrations with an assistance of Rs. 5.45 lakh received from the Department of Agriculture.
Focus on organic farming practice
by , Hindu, 13 March, 2009
Mankulam , by  2011 is set to become the first certified organic village in the country. To get the organic  ertification, farmers have to pass the C-1,C-2 and C-3 tests. I1,063 farmers are already eligible for the certification after passing the three tests.
Organic village: first phase completed, The Hindu, 01 June 2009
What attracts one first to the stall was the variety of vegetables with that unmistakable healthy and natural glow. Even as one admires the array, a quick glance at the signboard explains it all. The produce is from an organic farm. But there is more to the stall at the Horticulture Expo in People’s Plaza than meets the eye. The vegetables were grown by the inmates of Cherlapally open air jail. And standing in a corner, quietly taking in the appreciation of visitors for their toil, were two inmates in prison uniforms. In tune with the rising demand orfor natural grown vegetables, 150 inmates- lifers and those serving long-term sentence- toil on a 20-acre vegetable farm at Cheralapally prison that stands on 130 acres.
Organic vegetables up for grabs
by , Hindu, 28 January, 2009