Agriculture and a Modernizing India
Submitted by Christina Mol
"Expect a country of extremes," said Aaron Rosland, a representative for the Government of Ontario at the High Commission in New Delhi, India on our first day of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) two week international tour, February 17 to March 2, 2013. The world's richest people are living near some of the world's poorest and largest slums. Horse, camel or oxen are pulling carts next to our Mercedes Benz bus. India is a country that speaks of history from before 2500 years ago, still evident in the art, architecture and lifestyle which abuts to the modern western influences such as McDonalds and other chains. Since India kicked out the British in 1947, it is the world's largest democracy and has made great strides to feed its massive population (which has tripled since independence).
India is the world's largest producer of milk and dairy products, many vegetables, major spices, poultry, and the second largest producer of wheat and rice. Average farms are approximately 1 or 2 dairy cows and less than an acre of crops, but their ability to produce food is expanding as they introduce new technology into their production practices. One of the best days of the tour was to some villages in Jawhar. Here, Syngenta Foundation was working with several non-government organizations to introduce new horticultural and floricultural crops in the winter months. This way, rural villagers did not have to migrate to the slums in the city for work after their rice production was finished. Not only did this practice improve their local diets and incomes, but new techniques were learned including trickle irrigation, mulch, and shade housing.
As roads, power, mobile technology and other infrastructure is introduced and improved, the food is better to reach more of the population. Despite these improvements and bumper crops, much in this area still needs to be enhanced or else many harvests are lost due to spoilage before reaching a market.
I would like to thank all of those who supported me in my participation in AALP and look forward to sharing more about India as I talk to you in the future.
Christina Mol at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India
A dairy "farm" in downtown Mumbai, India
Thunder Bay Spring Farm Conference
Date: April 2 (evening) 3, 4, 2013
This years speakers include Steve Kenyon, Amy Petherick, Christina Mol, Kevin & Jodi Belluz, Les Eccles, Peggy Brekveld, Ted van den Hurk and Jon Ghey. Come out to enjoy the many exhibitors, a hot buffet, prizes and more!
Contact: Christina Mol at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Aalbers New Milking Barn & Parlour Open House
Date: April 5, 2013, 11am-3pm
171 Blindline Rd., Rosslyn
Contact: Peter Aalbers (807) 939-1644
CLE Fair Prize Lists (available for the Home and Garden Show)
Date: April 5, 6, 7, 2013.
CLE Fairgrounds OR CLE office, 425 Northern Ave.
Exhibit and enter anything from crafts to canning, flowers, garden produce and horticulture of any kind! Anyone from the district is invited! FREE!
21st Annual Pizza Project
Date: April 17, 18, 2013
CLE Grounds, 425 Northern Ave.
Volunteers are always welcome! Over 550 gr.3 students from schools in Thunder Bay and area are coming to see
how pizza gets from "Farm to Table!"
For more info: (807) 622-6473
Maple Bran Muffins
It's maple syrup tree-tapping time! Warming spring temperatures means
the pressure inside the tree starts the sap flowing. Look for local Ontario syrup
at the farmers market or grocery store, and enjoy baking a batch of these sweet-treat, healthy bran muffins!
3/4 cup (175 mL) natural wheat bran
1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) Ontario Maple Syrup
1/4 cup (50 mL) vegetable oil
1-1/4 cup (325 mL) whole wheat flour
3 tsp (15 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2mL) salt
1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped walnuts
Combine bran, milk and maple syrup. Mix in egg and oil. Combine remaining ingredients and add first mixture to this until just moistened. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins. Bake at 400ºF (200ºC) for 20 minutes.
Recipe Source: Foodland Ontario
Funding for this project was provided in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the
Agricultural Adaptation Council’s CanAdvance Program, Farm Credit Canada, Food Security Research Network and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
|Time to Plant in Thunder Bay and Area|
The snow soon melts away as the sun's rays start to increase in strength.
Soon the fields will be filled with spring mud and farmer's tractors preparing the rich
soil for a new season of growth. Gardeners will be busy dirtying their hands with pots and plants. And before you know it, small heads of green will be popping up everywhere to welcome the warming days of spring.
Thunder Bay and area is full of surprises this time of year!
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