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Why the Kangeyam breed needs saving

Why the Kangeyam breed needs saving

My dear friends,  my last week column on an Erode farmer making soap from his Kangayam cow and living profitably has kicked off interest in a section of farmers. Many have asked me if it is necessary that only the dung of Kangayam cows serves the purpose of making...

Someone must take accountability

Someone must take accountability

My dear farming friends, while I am writing this column, our brethren in delta districts are undergoing unimaginable hardships due to Gaja cyclone which has rendered hundreds homeless, destroyed homes, uprooted trees, and damaged crops and electricity poles. Our...

How to integrate farming with other money spinning activities

How to integrate farming with other money spinning activities

My dear friends: What is the main objective of you doing agriculture? Most of you will say earning earning money. Agriculture is just not a service. It is a vocation. Nothing is free here. Everything comes with a price. Successful agriculture involves deploying a...

Thinking out of the box in earthworm rearing

Thinking out of the box in earthworm rearing

Gone are the days when vegetables and fruits needed to be got from the field. Today the concept of terrace gardening has hit practically every district in the state and there are hundreds of terrace gardens today not only in individual homes but in gated communities...

An elixir called Panchagavya

An elixir called Panchagavya

Dear farming friends, following last week’s column on the need for farmers to make their own inputs, I received several mails, messages and phone calls. Seventy percent of those who responded said it was the right time for farming groups to take up such practices, but...

Why debt is a non-issue for these Kanyakumari farmers

Why debt is a non-issue for these Kanyakumari farmers

Controlling pest attack is a major problem in agriculture. A farmer has two options in fighting pest: He can either buy the input from a retail shop or make his own inputs and use them. The first choice is easy but is not cost-effective. It creates a dent in the...

Adieu! Tree whisperer. You left the world a better place

Adieu! Tree whisperer. You left the world a better place

Rare are those individuals who are committed to selfless work. Such people have a strong conviction that the purpose of their birth is to give back to society so that the world is a better place when they depart. One such person was Maram Thangasamy who died on...

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