Indigo Rose, the First Antioxidant-Rich Purple Tomato, Gets Its Hybrid

Ten years ago, Jim Myers, a prominent vegetable breeder, and professor at the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences developed Indigo Rose, which is the first antioxidant-rich purple tomato. Now, Oregon State University (OSU) has developed Midnight Roma, a cross between Oregon Star and Indigo Rose.  

Oregon Star is a huge fleshy tomato excellent for paste or slicing. It features high flavor. Indigo Rose is a dark purple tomato loaded with anthocyanins, which is the same antioxidant present in blueberries.  

Both tomato hybrids are developed in OSU. 

According to Jim Myers, “we were selecting for a really dark indigo-type processing tomato. Ultimately, we got a really nice one. Anybody into home canning would be interested. Chefs like  it for making sauces.” 

While developing Midnight Roma, Myers focused on disease resistance and flavor. The idea was to create a tomato that tastes better than other paste tomatoes. 

Features of Midnight Roma  

  • Midnight Roma is resistant to verticillium wilt. 
  • This is a semi-determinate variety, which means the fruits (tomatoes) ripen together at the same time, making it a great variety for preservation. 
  • The purple skin of tomatoes is rich in anthocyanins. So, if you want to reap the benefits of these antioxidants, you must cook it without peeling and the processing should also be done by including tomato skin. 
  • Midnight Roma darkens in a manner similar to Indigo Rose. Sunlight is crucial for making the skin purple. Myers suggests using a trellis and pruning extra leaves to let the maximum amount of sunlight to reach tomato skin. 

Good News! Punjab Government agrees to implement Direct Bank Transfer for Farmers.

Punjab farmers should expect direct online MSP payments starting with the forthcoming procurement season, after the Centre dismissed the state’s request for yet another DBT exemption on Thursday.

After a nearly two-hour meeting with Food Minister Piyush Goyal, who categorically assured the state that the Centre will allow procurements and repay relevant costs only if the state pays directly to farmers rather than through arhtiyas, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said, “We have no alternative and choice.”

“Our petitions for relief from the DBT route have been denied by the minister, and we now have no alternative. If the state wants to pay farmers by arhtiyas, the minister said it would have to make its own procurement arrangements. So we don’t have a choice,” Badal said.

Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Punjab’s food minister, said the state would find a way to pay farmers directly and have some security for arhtiyas. According to him, the CM has scheduled a meeting with arhtiyas for tomorrow. In the meantime, the Centre has decided to give Punjab a six-month extension to link its land records to the national e-procurement platform.

The Centre announced today that 15 procuring states had begun making DBT payments to farmers, and that Punjab, which had previously received three waivers, would not be eligible for any more.

Taste the Tanginess of “Superfood”, Amla with Niche Agriculture Limited

Cultivated all through India and adjacent nations, “AMLA” has picked up a following all through the world as a “superfruit.” It’s no astonishing — a 100-gram serving of new amla berries contains the amount of Vitamin C equivalent to 20 oranges.

Amla is endemic and primitive to the sub-continent of India. Botanically Amla is referred to as Phyllanthus Emblica and is deciduous in nature. In India, Amla is considered both therapeutic and sanctified. This produce is exclusively popular within the East and is employed in Ayurveda for the preparation of medicines. In India, the Amla tree is cultivated in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu. 

Amla plant has an approximate height of 8-18 meters. The tree has a crooked trunk with smooth exfoliating bark that is greyish brown in colour. This tree is usually grown in a subtropical, tropical, dry arid, and semi-arid climate. The minimum annual rainfall required for Amla cultivation is around 600-800 mm. The tender Amla plants are delicate to parched, hot and withered conditions. Mature Amla trees can tolerate freezing and high temperatures around 46˚C. The plants do not nurture in frigid temperatures and frost. 

Niche Agriculture Limited grows Amla on its farms in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Niche Farms are well adapted to dry regions and the farm’s soil is purely sandy and has moderate alkalinity which is ideal for growing amla. Niche Agriculture uses 15 kg of decomposed organic farm manure and 0.5 kg of phosphorous and mulched with pruned branches and organic materials to increase the production. Niche farms use drip irrigation which is considered the best technique for amla orchards. Also, organic pesticides are being utilized for the common pests and diseases that infect the Amla plants and helps in controlling fungal diseases. Niche agriculture Limited grows finest quality of Amla in the pristine environment and is a global exporter of this fruit. 

The powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamin C, Niche amla prevents the formation of cancer cells and is an amazing immune booster. It is low on calories and loaded with a host of phenolic phytochemicals like flavonoids, anthocyanins, and a potent source of Vitamin A. For improving liver function, boosting vitality and providing energy, and for numerous healing benefits including prevention of cancer, delayed aging, fighting inflammation, and boosting memory, Niche Amla is best to eat which will shields the body against harmful bacteria and inflammation. 

With a view of “Live Evergreen”, Niche Agriculture Limited grows the best nourishing, opulent, organic, pulpy, delicious, healthy, and preservative-free, green coloured translucent fruit, Amla that serves immense health benefits building immunity and metabolism. Niche Amla has twice the antioxidant power compared to 17 pomegranates which help in weight loss, improving the digestive processes, and is rich in fibre content.  


Meet Telangana Farmer Who Grows 110 Varieties of Rice, Creates Wonders With Organic Farming

A farmer, who resides in Chinthalur village of Telangana’s Nizamabad district, has done a very progressive task by developing as many as 110 varieties of rice, which was not possible even for scientists. By adopting a noted method of organic farming, he is doing wonders in the field of cultivation.

The farmer, identified as Nagula Chinna Gangaram, has became an ideal to others by not using fertilisers. He has also received an award from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on December 16 last year and Rythu Nestham award for his expertise in modern farming with an old practice.

Since organic farming is considered good for health, he completely avoids use of chemicals and pesticides. He rather uses only organic fertilisers.

He has achieved a rare record by developing 110 varieties of rice belonging to different countries in his agricultural land. He has developed a variety of rice crops called Rubired rice with six percent fiber, after getting the same from Thailand. He produced them including Layicha, Makike Samba, and others for improving health and overcome related problems.

Gangaram got this inspiration for organic farming from natural farming expert Subhash Palekar. He also read books by another agriculturist Rajiv Dixit on organic farming and practiced it by collecting a huge variety of rice from across the country.


Coromandel Launches New Fertiliser Brand ‘GROSHAKTI’

Coromandel International Ltd has been serving the farming community by providing best quality and new technology fertilizers to farmers of India since 1961. Coromandel especially has a strong bonding with farmers of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana with best market share having its two-mega plants at Vizag and Kakinada.

As a part of enhancing productivity of crops and quality yields, Coromandel striving continuously to serve farmers in all aspects by providing Specialty nutrients (micronutrients, fertigation grades, customized crop grades) and nutrient based pure Organic fertilizers which can improve fertilizer use efficiency and soil health.

As a part of our endeavor, we are planning to launch our new fertilizer brand “GROSHAKTI” amid heartful wishes of farmers and channel partners by the hands of our Hon’ble Murugappa group Executive Vice Chairman Mr. Arun Alagappan on his first visit to Andhra Pradesh.

On his first visit, Executive Vice Chairman will address farmers, channel and team on how organization working for betterment of farming community and way forward. Vice Chairman addressing to farmers and dealers said that Coromandel is putting sincere efforts to help farming community with more service oriented approach rather just providing fertilizers.

Coromandel aims to provide crop-specific and hi-technology fertilizers and working with research institutes to develop NANO-Phosphorous and customized fertigation grades

Company launched GROSHAKTI, which is an ideal scientifically effective fertilizer grade with NPK in best ratio. It does not leave any acidity or alkalinity in soil being its neutral chemical nature.

It is suitable for all rainfed and irrigated crops at basal dressing or in top dressing. He mentioned that state and central Govt helping farmers with many schemes and farmer oriented. He told that Coromandel expanded their plant capacity and priority to serve AP & TG with more focus. 

Coromandel is ready to improve farmer’s livelihood through  

  • Efficient nutrient management and crop protection management.
  • Seamless supply as and when required through all channels i.e. Private trades, Govt. Institution and MGC.
  • Our trade channel continued to show admirable resilience and agility in responding to various challenges.
  • Agri extension services; Soil Testing, Poshan demo, crop advisory/protection services.
  • Solution provider through Gromor Nutri-clinic.
  • R & D constantly endeavors to introduce differentiated products like GroSmart, GroPlus, Gromor Ultra, GroShakti, etc.
  • Agri university alliances, IIT Monas for new product development.


Why is Organic Cotton Trendier These Days?

Organic cotton means natural cotton without using any synthetic agricultural chemical such as fertilizers or pesticides or transgenic technology.

Difference between Organic Cotton and Regular Cotton

Organic Cotton is made from natural seeds, and there is no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Bugs are controlled with insecticides that kill pests.

Regular Cotton is grown on the same soil repeatedly, degrading the soil quality, removing nutrients, and leading to unhealthy crops.

Apart from regular cotton and organic cotton, two more cotton types exist as below:

Conventional cotton: Conventional cotton is grown with the support of synthetic agrichemicals [including fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, defoliants]. Conventional cotton is grown from genetically modified seeds.

Better Cotton: The better cotton initiative is a global non-profit organization and the most extensive cotton sustainability program globally. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment, and better for the sectors’ future.

Advantages of Organic Cotton

Environmentally friendly: Natural fertilizers are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t harm the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 88% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.

Sustainable: When you choose to buy organic cotton, you invest in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil, and farmer livelihood. The price of organic cotton is, therefore, marginally higher than regular cotton. Nevertheless, with the increased demand for organic cotton, the price will also come down.

Future Aspect: Water crisis is a global challenge; organic cotton is 80% rain-dependent, which reduces pressure on local water sources. No chemical also means that water is cleaner and safer. Cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation, and it takes 2700 liters of water to make a conventional cotton T-shirt.

Promotes safe work and better livelihood for farmers: Organic cotton farming keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop that adds to their food and income.

Skin Friendly: As there is no chemical used in organic cotton. It feels better on your skin. It gives a softer and premium feel to the end-user. We must use organic cotton for direct touch to skin garments like vests, briefs, socks, etc., to avoid skin allergic problems.

Responsible Citizen: We as responsible citizens should encourage the consumption of organic cotton as it helps preserve a sustainable environment. Organic cotton clothing reminds everyone that natural is healthier and cost-effective in the long run.


Niche Agriculture brings the freshness of “Queen of Fruits”, Grapes

Grape cultivation is one of the most lucrative and profitable farming in India. Grapes are not only a wonderful fruit for eating, juicing, and for winemaking but also a beautiful ornamental plant. It is a perennial and deciduous woody climbing wine and is used for making various products such as jelly, jam, resins, vinegar, juice, seed oil, and other grape seed extracts. 

Grapes belong to the family of “Vitaceae” and is a commercially important fruit crop of India. It is a temperate crop grown in much adapted sub-tropical climate of peninsular India. India ranks among the first ten countries in the world production of grapes. About 80% of the production comes from Maharashtra followed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The major producers of grapes around the world are Italy, France, Spain, USA, China.  

Focusing on the scope and importance of grape farming, Niche Agriculture Limited grows grapes in its farms located at Bagepalli in Karnataka. They are focused on quality production and effective cost management that can help in the expansion and survival of the grape industry in India.  

Niche Agriculture Limited produces a semi-translucent and fleshy fruit with smooth thin skin and the grapes are rich in polyphenolic phytochemicals that contains properties of anti-oxidants, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Niche Grapes are rich in micronutrients like calcium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium. Also, they have a good potassium concentration.

Niche farms have great internal drainage and adequate depth soil which is important for grape farming. Niche grows grapes in sufficient sunlight providing enough carbohydrates so that grapevines are healthy and the fruit is sweet. They maintain the optimum temperature for the plants, i.e. 15 to 40 degree Celsius and maintains low humidity as frost is dangerous for the young buds.  

You wouldn’t have ever thought that fruit this sweet could help you in dropping some unwanted pounds, but Niche Grapes can just do that as it aids in breaking up the fat cells at a faster rate. Also, these grapes ease the inflammation in your body and protects your cells from damage. 

Undoubtedly, it is a small fruit but is loaded with over 1600 compounds. Niche grapes are a good source of potassium that balances the fluids in your body. Hence, Niche Agriculture Limited is at the forefront of growing exceptional fruit, Grapes that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. It will prevent acne and increase the blood flow to your scalp for healthier hairs, lowering heart disease and bringing down the high blood pressure.  


Women’s Day 2021: This Female Farmer from Tamil Nadu Will Shock You!

“I don’t know anything about agriculture. I have never had formal education but I have still come so ahead in life. Seeing my work and dedication, they have given this award.” This is Pappammal Rangammal speaking to the media on the occasion of being awarded the Pama Shri Award on the 72nd Republic Day of India.  

She is a proud woman farmer who hails from the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. She does organic farming of pulses, millets, and vegetables in her 2.5-acre field. 

Pappammal’s parents died when she was very young. Her grandmother reared her. Pappammal’s husband died a decade ago. She has 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  

She is associated with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, has served as Panchayat Councillor in 1959, and is a DMK party member.  

According to Pappammal, she had inherited a provision shop from her grandmother. She collected money by selling beverages and snacks. From this money, she purchased 10 acres of land to cultivate corn and pulses. After a few years, she sold this land, retaining 2.5 acres for herself. Today, she does farming in this land.  

She wakes up at 3 am, starts her day with a short walk, cooks a nutritious breakfast of ragi and rice with chillies and onions. Then carries this meal in a mud pot to her fields.

Some of you reading this might think it is normal for people to work in fields, wake up early, and do all the hard work required in farming. So, what’s big if this woman farmer is doing this, right?  

Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me end this article by telling you the age of this farmer. It will shock you. And then I bet you will read this article again from the beginning! 

This Padma Shri award-winning woman farmer Pappammal Rangammal is 105 years old!  

Here are a few words as said by Pappammal, “I did everything on my own, with my own will. And today look at me, I have great-grandchildren running around me. My life is very good. In my life, I am the kind and the minister.” 

She adds, “I eat ragi and millets and have never taken any medicines. I have never fallen sick and am always healthy. Since 1970, I have been eating food off banana leaves only. This is very healthy and even helps your hair grow longer and stronger.” 

Netizens are going crazy over Yellow Watermelons cultivated by a Karnataka Farmer

The passion for fruits and their bright colours can never go away, and this love for rare fruits has made this young farmer based in Karnataka grow ‘Yellow Watermelons’. The tempting colour of these watermelons is making netizens go crazy. This watermelon’s yellow flesh and its sweet flavour will help you ditch the red watermelons you enjoy most.

Basavaraj Patil, a graduate and a new-generation farmer, is all set to take farming to a new level, according to a leading daily. After sharing his cultivation, this young farmer from Koralli village in Kalaburagi, Karnataka, has taken the internet by storm and said that the yellow watermelon is much sweeter than the normal one. 

There are summers around the corner and this special planting of yellow watermelons would be a treat for lovers of watermelons. Watermelon, one of the most loved fruits, because of its rich nutritional composition, allows for a great summer delight. These freshly grown watermelons look green from the outside, but when sliced open, they have yellow skin. The young farmer believes that the same nutrient structure occurs for yellow watermelons; the only difference is in the colour. 

This summer fruit has not only been enjoyed by food fanatics, from one of the most costly square watermelons to yellow watermelon, but has also provided more lucrative avenues for young farmers such as Patil. 

These taste more sweet than red watermelons,’ he shared his views to a leading digital newspaper. ‘ I spent Rs 2 lakhs and made a return in excess of Rs 3 lakhs. We should diversify our production of crops.’ 

He also shared his plans and existing tie-ups to market these yellow watermelons via the Big Bazaar and the nearby mart. He also expressed how little commitment and thoughts he learned from his growth and cultivation. As a young farmer, Twitter users are awestruck with his mind blowing creation and his intellectual efforts.


Gujarat agriculture department wins two national awards

Gujarat Government’s Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Department has won two prestigious national awards, one under ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojna and the other for technological innovation in the agricultural sector.

The Central Government has announced the Best Performance Award under the Grievance Redressal Category to the tribal Dahod District under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Scheme.

Similarly, FICCI has announced the Crop Area Estimation and Loss Assessment Award for Application of Geospatial Technology to the Gujarat Agriculture & Farmers Department.

Giving details of the awards, the state’s agriculture secretary Manish Bharadwaj said the PM-Kisan award has been announced on the eve of successful completion of two years of the Scheme for implementation in the States and Union Territories in three different categories. In all, 15 out of 718 districts have been selected for these awards.