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In Tamil Nadu 4,000 farmers likely to be adopted by Hyderabad-based Terra Greens

Terrace Greens will also give a buy-back guarantee to these farmers and train and support them in organic agricultural practices

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Hyderabad, Sept 04, 2016: Hyderabad-based Terra Greens founder and Director Likitha Bhanu on Sunday pledged to adopt 4,000 farmers across Tamil Nadu.

She made the announcement at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Centre for Sustainable Rural Development & Research Studies (CSRD-RS) during the second edition of the Agri Expo.

Terra Greens range of 99 organic staples products is focused on nutrition for the urban Indian.

“Our first step is helping these 4,000 farmers to achieve Organic Farming Certification and documentation and expand their prowess to grow organic rice and millets,” said Likitha, a Biotechnology alumina of VIT.

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“Tamil Nadu is a rare oasis of organic and sustainable agriculture and we are happy to welcome 4,000 new farmers in Terra Greens family,” she added.

Terrace Greens will also give a buy-back guarantee to these farmers and train and support them in organic agricultural practices.

This effort is part of our growth strategy to increase the area under rice and millet cultivation, she added.

Terra Greens staples products have gained wide market acceptance in a number of Indian cities.

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Terra Firma Projects founded by Likitha Bhanu and her mother in 2013, has a tie-up with 2,000 farmers across five Indian states to procure organic produce.

The company is in talks to raise its first round of institutional funding to expand its production, distribution and new product portfolio, said a company statement.

Currently, Terra Greens has a team of 25 full-time employees, 150 daily-wage workers, and 3,000 farmers.

The company has its presence in 16 states with its products available in over 300 stores. (IANS)

 

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

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Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS