Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018April 6,7,8 नागपूर बीजोत्सव | Nagpur Beejotsav


बीजोत्सवाच्या सहाव्या पर्वात आपल्याला अगत्याचे निमंत्रण.
या वर्षी खालील संकल्पनांवर आधारित स्टॉल्स बीजोत्सवात पाहायला मिळतील:

◆ परंपरागत बियाणे
◆ विषमुक्त व सेंद्रिय शेतमाल◆ प्रकिया केलेली उत्पादने
◆ पर्यावरण-पूरक उपयोगी साधने
◆ शहरी कचरा व्यवस्थापन
◆ गच्चीवरील शेती
◆ धुरमुक्त स्वयंपाक
◆ रानमेवा/ वनोपज
◆ खादी, इत्यादि.

कार्यक्रमाचे वेळापत्रक:-
*६ एप्रिल*
सकाळी १० – उद्घाटन
सकाळी १०.३० - डॉ. अमिताभ पावडे - जीएम कापूस व त्याचे दुष्(परिणाम)
सकाळी ११.३० - डॉ. श्रीनिवास खांदेवाले – सेंद्रिय शेतीतील अर्थकारण
दुपारी २ ते रात्री १० – प्रदर्शन व विक्री

*७ एप्रिल*
सकाळी १० – संजय पाटील - सामुदायिक बियाणे संवर्धन
सकाळी ११ – गणेश बिराजदार - सेंद्रिय शेतीपद्धती स्वीकारातले अडथळे व अडचणी
दुपारी १२ ते रात्री १० – प्रदर्शन व विक्री

*८ एप्रिल*
सकाळी १० – डॉ. उल्हास जाजू - कृषी रसायने व ग्रामीण जनतेचे आरोग्य – एक अभ्यास
सकाळी १०.४५ – डॉ. तारक काटे – सेंद्रिय शेती सर्वांचे पोट भरू शकेल काय
सकाळी ११.३० – अविल बोरकर – बियाणे व जैवविविधता कायदा आणि शेतकरी वाण
 दुपारी १२ ते रात्री १० – प्रदर्शन व विक्री

*विशेष आकर्षण*:-
रोज संध्याकाळी ६ ते ९ या वेळात गीत, नाटक, वाद्य, चित्रे अश्या माध्यमांतून सादरीकरण.

रोज दुपारी २ पासून निरनिराळ्या चवींचा आनंद देणारे *खात्रीलायक सेंद्रिय माल वापरून बनवलेले विविध खाद्यपदार्थ*

*६-७-८ एप्रिल, म्युर मेमोरियल लॉन्स, सीताबर्डी, व्हेरायटी चौक, नागपूर .*
आकाश:- ९७६६९१२७४५
प्राजक्ता:-  ९३७२२०४६४१

शाश्वत व शोषणमुक्त समाज निर्मितीच्या प्रयत्नांत आपले सहर्ष स्वागत आहे. 🙏🙏🙏


You are cordially invited to 6th Beejotsav Carnival 🙏🌱🐾

This year, visit variety of stalls promoting
◆ Indigenous Seeds
◆ Organic Farm-produce
◆ Processed organic products
◆ Urban waste management
◆ Sustainable lifestyle products
◆ Animal/ Forest produces
◆ Khadi etc.

Program Schedule:-
*6th April*
10 AM – Inauguration and Presentation of Survey by various farmer's organizations from Wardha – Vasant Futane
10.30 AM – Amitabh Pawade – ill Effets of GM Cotton
11.30 AM – Dr. Shriniwas Khandewale – Economy behind organic farming
 2 PM to 10 PM – Exhibition and Sale

*7th April*
10 AM – Sanjay Patil – Conservation of Indigenous seeds
11AM – Ganesh Birajdar – Challenges in adopting organic farming
12 Noon to 10 PM – Exhibition and Sale

*8th April*
10 AM – Dr. Ulhas Jajoo- Chemical Pesticides and related Health Issues
10.45AM- Dr. Tarak Kate - Can Organic Farming suffice country’s food needs ?
12.15 – Avil Borkar – Seed and Biodiversity Regulations
12 Noon to 10 PM – Exhibition and Sale

*Special Attractions:-*

◆ Treat yourself with original experiments in music, theatre, instrumental, caricatchers by artists from every nook and corner.
◆ Treat yourself with delicious organic food, to complete the experience

*6-7-8 April*
Mure Memorial Lawns, Variety Square, Opposite Eternity Mall, Sitaburdi, Nagpur.

*Akash :- 9766912745*

You are all welcome to be the part of the effort for sustainable and exploitation-free society. 🙏🙏🙏

Saturday, March 31, 2018

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2018, April 21 & 22 | Awakin to Abundance - Capacity building program | @ Khalad, Pune

FROM Annadata.....citizens movement for safe food news n

Awakin to Abundance -Capacity building program on Sustainable livelihood for existing and upcoming youth...

Dt. 21st n 22nd Apr. 2018  Sat. & Sun.

Reporting on 20th evening or 21st morning 9am. 
Will get over on 22nd Apr. 2018, Sun.even. 5.30pm

Venue -  Gram Gaurav Pratishtan
Pani Panchayat, Shetkari Prashikshan Kendra, Gotemal Road, Khalad, Taluka Purandar, Pune 412 30.
Visit the website for more details of the venue

One day or one session is also allowed to attend. 

For serious participants preparation support will be done thr coordinators. For understanding strengths and to choose opportunities. 

Facilitators are Arun Wakhlu CEO Pragati Leadership, Shitole Kaka Activist n Trustee of Gram Gaurav Pratishtan, Sadanand Pendse : Activist for Gramoday, in Dapoli, Dr. Sonali Shinde: Ayurvedic n Panchakarma expert

Kindly RSVP or inform Samadhi 9921008078

Friday, March 30, 2018


at Vanvadi on April 14-15, by Vasantbhau Futane and Bharat Mansata.

The workshop will address the severe twin problems of water scarcity (with plunging groundwater levels), and massive soil erosion and degradation, both arising from poor land care and destruction of nature. Even high rainfall regions like the Konkan Western Ghats now face severe water shortage, as community open wells dry up earlier each year, especially in upland adivasi villages.

The workshop will be bilingual, in Marathi and English, for the benefit of villager-farmers, and interested urban folk. Vasantbhau and Bharat will provide an overall introduction to rainwater harvesting and soil conservation. Vasantbhau will also provide practical training on how to mark out contour lines and make contour bunds/trenches, as suitable. About 2 hours of discussion will focus on specific local problems and needs.

The workshop will start at 10 am on Saturday, April 14, and end by 4 pm on Sunday, April 15. The outdoor practical sessions, which will explain theory too, will be from 4 pm to 6.30 pm on Saturday, and 8 am to 10.30 am on Sunday. The rest of the workshop will be indoors, in the shade.

Those desiring more hands-on practice in marking contour lines and making contour bunds/trenches – on Sunday evening and Monday morning – are welcome to stay over at Vanvadi till Monday noon. (Participants are requested to bring light clothing, bed-sheet, and a torch. Something to protect your head from the sun would also be helpful.)

A voluntary contribution of Rs 2,400 per urban participant is requested to cover all costs of training, food, and shared (dormitory-style) accommodation. For local villagers/farmers, the workshop will be free. 

To register, please email, with a copy to Vasantbhai at You would then be requested to deposit advance payment to confirm your registration.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NEWS: Mumbai sees first edition of Women of India Organic Festival

Juhi Chawla

 Juhi Chawla at first Mumbai edition of ' Women of India Organic Festival'

Mumbai is hosting the first edition of ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ at the World Trade Centre, which was inaugurated on Friday by Juhi Chawla, Vidya Thakur, Pankaja Munde, and Madhu Shah. This festival has been organised on an annual basis in Delhi by the Ministry of Women & Child Development since 2015. In Mumbai, this is its debut appearance. Mumbai, has, in last few years, seen a rise in the number of people buying organic produce. Consequently, the city has responded well to the event.
This event, under one roof, has a comprehensive collection of organic products from across India. It is organised to support the women farmers and women entrepreneurs in the field of organic food production. During the event, the farmers travel and stay in the city free of cost, as another step to support them. Participants have travelled to Mumbai from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Delhi, NCR, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Kashmir, Telangana, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur.
Farmers displayed their organic products like millets, cereal grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, sherbet, seeds, plants, flour, pickles, honey, jaggery, products for personal care and compost among others. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women & Child Development, shared, “We are very happy to present Mumbai with healthy and pure organic foods. Organic foods contain far more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients than those produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. For the nation too, organic farming is better as it ultimately reduces the cost of cultivation by 25-40% and increases the incomes of farmers thanks to the improved quality of production as also the quality of the soil.”
Since the produce on display are from across India, it enabled Mumbaikars to choose things from a wide variety and also introduced them to the local food like purple rice, mint masala powder, black rice, and hulga among others. A lot of the cereals and millets on sale were grown by tribal communities and the profit made by it goes directly to them, empowering them financially. The festival is going on at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, till the 20th.

Friday, March 16, 2018

1st Mumbai Edition of Women of India Organic festival in Mumbai inaugurated

Ministry of Women and Child Development

1st Mumbai Edition of Women of India Organic festival in Mumbai inaugurated

Will promote Women farmers & Entrepreneurs Engaged in Organic Produce from across India

Posted On: 16 MAR 2018 6:15PM by PIB Mumbai
Ist Mumbai Edition of Women of India Organic Festival 2018, organised by Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal, Maharashtra and with the support of Women & Child Development Ministry, Government of India is inaugurated in Mumbai today. This year’s theme of festival is “Good for Women; Good for India; Good for You”
Speaking in the press conference after inauguration of festival, Juhi Chawala, brand Ambassador of the Organic Women Festival 2018, said, “If we have to secure our next generation from chemical products and the various diseases like cancer, High per tension, diabetes etc., we need to adopt organic farming and organic products. Organic plants and foods are having contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries that leads to heart conditions, strokes and other ailments”
 A five day festival is inaugurated by  Maharashtra  Minister for Women & Child Development Smt. Pankaja Munde.
Addressing to the gatherings, Ms. Chawala further said that, “the festival is intended to highlight the health & environmental advantages of organic goods, provide platform for women engaged in production process and boost the development of sustainable & easily accessible sales outlets for women producers from the remote corners of India”.
Smt. Nandita Mishra, Economic Advisor, Union Ministry of Women & Child Development said in the press conference that, under the leadership of Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister of Women & Child Development, this is the first edition after New Delhi where the Organic Festival of Women is being celebrated. This is the platform for the millions of women and farmers to know about the scientific information and clear their doubts. She further said that, her ministry has believe that, such kind of festival will give boost to the grass root women and farmers. She asked women to participate in such festivals and spread awareness about organic foods and farming information all over the world.
Answering to the question of why organic food grains like cereals, jawar, maza are more expensive than regular grains?, Smt. Juhi Chawala said, organic seeds are costly therefore; further process of production become costly but in the government organic stores, all products are available in reasonable prices. There is lack of awareness among the people about organic food grains.  Such types of Organic stores needs to be known by the common people.
Smt Vidya Thakur, Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt. Indra Mallo, VCMD, Mahila arthik Vikas Mandal, Smt, Daian Pande, Holistic Health Expert, Well Known and legendry Cine Actor and actresses Jackey Shroff, Tanuja, and Madhu were present to the festival from cine world.   

Backgrounder: “Women of India Festival2018” is celebrated since 2015. This is the third year, which is organised in the Mumbai by Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal, Maharashtra. Around 500 women from all over India are participating in these 5 days event from 16 th to 20th March 2018. The organic products include pulses, cereals, spices, cosmetics, oils, honey, pickles and preserves, tea, organic seeds, composters, among other bio-products are available for sale.


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    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    2018 16-20 March @Mumbai - Organic Festival by GoI

    Santosh Kaur of Kheti Virasat Mission, Punjab; We are selling Sweet lemon pickle, ginger garlic paste, turmeric pickle, vaadia, kasoori methi, roasted alsi and moongphali, carrot pickle, green peas pickle sattu, amla chutney, seeds, orange peel powder, methi powder. Visit our Stall No. 47

    Varsha and Anant Bhoyar of Gavkus, Maharashtra; ‘We have been invited to Mumbai for an exhibition "Women of India". Mumbai friends please encourage the growers and consumers by visiting exhibition. Our stall no. is 12’

    Women Farmers Collective from Gujarat; ‘Visit and buy from us at Stall No. 13, 45, 65, 66.’

    Saturday, March 10, 2018


    Dear friends,

    We are happy to invite you to our 6th year of BEEJOTSAV-BIODIVERSITY at Nagpur from 6th to 8th April 2018, a carnival of organic food, foodgrains, spices and the celebration of the sustainable, eco-friendly life style, visibility to seed saver and pastoral communities.

    We, at BEEJOTSAV, are a varied group of organic farmers, seed savers, urban farmers and consumers who have been showcasing organic food for last 5 years.. We try to link grass roots farmers and the urban consumer.

    We believe that safe, chemical-free food and healthy Biodiversity is the right of every citizen and our movement is a step towards making it available to the consumer.

    We invite you to attend it and you can even exhibit your products by taking a stall. 

    Festival date: 6th, 7th & 8th April 2018
    Time: 10 am to 10 pm
    Venue: Mure Memorial Lawns, Amravati Road, Near Variety Square, Nagpur.
    Stall size: 8’ X 8’
    Stall charges: Rs 2,500/- (for 3 days, doesn’t include food and accommodation charges)

    To book your stall(s) please fill up the form here:-

    To register yourself please fill up the form here :-

    For Stalls:- After filling up the form, please wait for confirmation from our team. After confirmation please go ahead with payment, you can take the account details from any of the following coordinator.

    Beejotsav Coordinators:-

    Akash Naoghare 9766912745
    Sajal Kulkarni  9881479239 
    Ashwini Aurangabadkar 9890515814

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    ARTICLE : Sowing hope: How some women have given organic farming a fillip by collecting seeds of long-forgotten vegetable varieties

    Maneka Gandhi 

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018