Sustainable Agriculture News

Co-operation for Sustainable Development of the Tea Sector

To co-operate for sustainable development of the tea sector, China Tea Marketing Association and the United Planters’ Association of Southern India signed a memorandum of understanding recently.

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National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture in India

The Centrally Sponsored scheme National Mission on Micro Irrigation (NMMI) was launched in Uttarakhand state in the year of 2011-12 to increase the area under improved method of irrigation to provide stimulus to Horticultural & Agricultural growth. From 2014-15 this scheme is merged as the name of On Farm Water Management under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture.

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USDA Technical and Financial Assistance Program for Organic Producers

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative - NRCS’ EQIP Organic Initiative provides technical and financial assistance to producers who plan and implement conservation practices that support environmental sustainability.

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Canadian National Farmers Union Policy on Sustainable Agriculture

The governments of Canada have surrendered much control over agriculture to transnational corporations. Current government policy, in effect if not intent, is often no more than the promotion of these corporations' agendas. Unfortunately, the agendas of corporate chemical, fertilizer, processing, distribution, and retailing corporation’s conflict with the best interests of farmers, farm families, rural communities, as well as with those of consumers.

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New South Wales Sustainable Agriculture Policy

The Policy for Sustainable Agriculture in New South Wales forms part of the process of incorporating principles and objectives of ecologically sustainable development into the ethos of agricultural industries in this State. It also aims to facilitate a change in agricultural production in New South Wales towards ecologically and economically sustainable practices and farming systems.

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Policies in India for Sustainable Agriculture

The Indian government’s policies have always emphasized food grain self-sufficiency, which has not necessarily coincided with agricultural sustainability. The growth of agricultural production and productivity, which had risen significantly during 1970s and 1980s, declined during 1990s. These slowdowns have worsened since 2000; both overall agricultural production and food grains production have shown negative growth rates in 2000-01 to 2002-03 periods. Decline in the growth rates of agricultural production and productivity is a serious issue considering the questions of food security, livelihood, and environment. As such, a critical examination of the approaches for sustainable agricultural development is necessary. This examination must be framed not only by India’s ongoing need to ensure food self-sufficiency but also by the consequences of access to international markets.

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