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This is a list of our currently available publications that deal with organic agriculture. To learn more about our publications and to order copies, send an e-mail request to publications@ciks.org. Copies can also be had from our Chennai office and from select outlets in other cities.

BOOK NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR ORGANIC PRODUCTION (partial document) (TAMIL)

This publication in Tamil provides complete information on standards to be followed in organic production in India. It also provides information on organic methods of animal husbandry, standards to be followed by farmer groups for getting organic certification, list of inputs allowed and restricted in organic agriculture and the quantity of use..

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BOOK Group Certification in Organic Farming – A Manual (in Tamil)

This manual provides complete information on procedures involved in smallholder group certification. It also provides information on organizing farmers groups, formation and implementation of an Internal Control System (ICS), preparation of an ICS manual, land selection, risk management, training farmers and maintaining the organic quality of the products. This will serve as a complete guidance manual for farmers interested in obtaining an organic farming group certification. A CD ROM produced along with this manual will serve as a training tool on organic group certification.

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ORGANIC CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES -Tomato - brinjal - lady's finger- chilli

This book describes the major pests and diseases affecting the four major vegetables cultivated in Tamil Nadu namely chilli,brinjal,lady's finger and tomato.  It also provides information about the various non chemical pest management methods and the prepareation precedure for some of the botanicals and plant growth promoters used in these vegetable crops.Organic cultivation practices for all these four vegetables have also been described.This booklet is available in English and Hindi.

 

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IYARKKAIVAZHI VUNAVU

This publication in Tamil gives basic information about organic foods. Some of the frequently asked questions about organic food have been answered in this booklet. Besides this it also gives information on some of the outlets where organic foods are sold in Tamil Nadu.

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ORGANIC CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES – TOMATO, BHENDI, GROUNDNUT.

These booklets provide information on the organic cultivation techniques of the three main crops namely tomato, bhendi and groundnut. Steps to be followed in organic pest and disease management and preparation and use of biopesticides have also been dealt in detail.

Indian Price
Rs.25/- (Tamil only)

Organic farming techniques
Composting

Huge amounts of fertilizers and pesticides that were pumped into the agricultural lands as a result of Green Revolution have killed the microorganisms in the soil and the lands are now unfit for cultivation. It is high time to rejuvenate the soil using alternate organic methods. Use of compost is one such method. This film describes the preparation of three important composting methods namely the pit method, the heap method and the vermicomposting method in a simple language.

Indian Price
Rs.100/- (English / Tamil)

International Price :
US$ 10/-

Traditional Knowledge systems of India and Sri Lanka

This book is a compilation of the proceedings of the Compas Asian Regional Workshop on Traditional Knowledge held at Bangalore in July 2006. The papers presented by the experts from different NGOs and Academic and Research Institutions on topics such as Agronomy, Livestock and Veterinary Sciences, Traditional Methods of Weather Forecasting and Traditional Healthcare Methods have been compiled in this volume.

Indian Price
Rs. 250/-

International Price :
US$ 15/-

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Organic Food - Why You Should Care

This book attempts to help you understand the benefits of organic food - from environment and health perspectives. Along the way, it throws light on some comonly held misconceptions about organic food, and gives you some handy tips on going organic in your own kitchen.

Indian Price:
Rs. 30/- 

International Price :
US $ 4.00

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Livelihood Security - The Organic Way

In the early 1990s, CIKS started a small but ambitious project to revive traditional organic agriculture in Tamil Nadu. Today, the project has touched thousands of lives in rural Tamil Nadu. Over 200 farmers, organised into societies called Samngams, conserve indigenous seed varieties and practice organic agriculture using traditional mathods. The project has empowered farmers, increased their livelihood options, and increased food security. This film tells as to how this was made possible.

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Nalam Tharum Thavarangal

This booklet provides information and instructions on various aspects of cultivation of eight most commonly used plants and their uses in agriculture, gardening, human health and animal health. The plants include Aloe, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Adhatoda, Kalmegh, Custard Apple and Onion.

Indian Price:
Rs. 25/- 

International Price :
US $ 4.00

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Organic Rice Cultivation

It is a series of four films on organic rice cultivation. The first film in the series gives an overview of organic rice cultivation from seed to harvest. The second film goes into the details of organic soil enrichment. The third discusses in detail the organic methods of pest management. The final film discusses the important diseases affecting paddy and their control measures.

The total duration of these four films is 110 minutes in English and 99 minutes in Tamil. These films are available in both DVD and VCD formats.

Indian Price :
Rs.250/- (English / Tamil)

International Price :
US$ 15/-

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Iyarkai Velanmayil Thavarakaraisalgal

This booklet describes about the various plant based extracts used in organic agriculture to manage pests and diseases. Details about the preparation procedure and methods of use of these extracts have also been provided.


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Manvala Mempadu

This booklet describes the importance of using natural resources to improve soil fertility. It provides information on the composting techniques and the use of green manure, green leaf manure and certain plant growth promoters.

Plants that Heal

"Plants that Heal" is a set of booklets that highlight everyday uses of some common plants with extremely valuable properties. Each booklet contains details and instructions on various aspects of cultivation of a particular plant and its uses in agriculture, gardening, human health and animal health. These booklets cover plants such as Aloe, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Adhatoda, Kalmegh, Custard Apple and Onion.

Indian Price :
Rs.10/- (Per Booklet)
Rs.70/- (Complete Set)

International Price :
US$2/- (Per Booklet)
US$10/- (Complete Set)

Organic Cotton Cultivation - A complete package on organic cotton cultivation

This book presents the organic agricultural techniques used to cultivate cotton. A list of the major pests, diseases and deficiency symptoms in cotton are listed with colourful illustrations. Non-chemical remedial measures are also listed for the above problems. The major composting techniques and a complete 'Package of Practices' for Organic cotton is given in detail. Hence this book will serve as a complete guide to growing cotton organically

Indian Price :
Rs.80/- (English)

International Price :
US$ 10/-

Organic Paddy Cultivation

A complete how-to guide on cultivating paddy without the use of chemicals. Contains information on seed selection techniques, seed treatment, soil treatment, pest and disease management, composting techniques and general cultivation techniques.

Indian Price :
Rs.125/- (English)  Rs.100/- (Tamil)

International Price :
US$ 10/-

Herbs for Good Health

This book provides details of 20 most commonly used medicinal plants. It provides the cultivation details and simple recipies for usage of the medicinal plants in treatment of common ailments. The colour picture of each medicinal plant helps in easy identification.

Indian Price :
Rs.35/- (English)
Rs.60/- (Tamil - Poster Booklet Form)

International Price :
US$ 3/-

Organic Cotton Cultivation

A complete how-to guide on cultivating cotton without the use of chemicals. In a poster-booklet form, with attractive full colour photographs. Contains information on pest and disease management, composting techniques and general cultivation techniques.

Indian Price :
Rs.75/- (Tamil)

International Price :
US$ 10/-

NEEM: a user's guide

Since time immemorial, we have used the Neem tree in agriculture, public health, medicine, toiletries, cosmetics, livestock protection and rituals. The tree is considered invaluable and it is found in every part ofour country, every roadside, every field and almost every house. India has shared this tree and knowledge of its use free with the world. This book describes the use of neem in the context of agriculture and health and is meant to strengthen and enhance the indigenous tradition of the uses of neem at the local level.

Indian Price :
Rs.50/- (English)  Rs.30/- (Tamil)

International Price :
US $ 4.00

Organic Vegetable Gardening (CDROM)

This is an interactive CD made with colour photographs and a sound track. This CD ROM will help you plan, plant and maintain your garden in the best possible way – without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It contains information on cultivation methods for various vegetables, soil management, pest and disease control and much more.

Indian Price :
Rs.250/- (English)  Rs.250/- (Tamil)

International Price :
US $ 15.00

Organic Vegetable Gardening (Revised and Enlarged)

The revised and enlarged edition of this book on organic vegetable gardening focuses on how to grow vegetables in your garden without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It gives information about the importance of composting and techniques for preparation of compost. A section on laying out a vegetable garden is also provided. Cultivation details of some important vegetables are given. Description of pests and diseases attacking vegetables and their control methods are provided.

Indian Price :
Rs.50/- (English)  Rs.25/- (Tamil)

International Price :
US $ 4.00

“Organic Methods of Pest and Disease Management ”

Organic methods of Pest and Disease Management is a set of posters designed in the form of a booklet. This booklet has been released in English, Tamil and Hindi. The booklet consist of the three sections with 10 colour posters. The first section consists of 3 posters discussing about the various pests attacking vegetables, highlighting identification of important pests of vegetables and their control measures. The second section of 3 posters deals with the various diseases attacking vegetables, their identification and control measures. The third section of four posters give general information on various non-chemical pest control methods and methodology of preparing various plant extracts. The descriptions are accompanied by colour photographs, making it easier even for a layman to identify the various pests and diseases attacking vegetables. This booklet would serve as a useful tool for anybody wanting to shift to organic agriculture

Indian Price :
Rs.100/- (English)  
Rs.100/- (Tamil)
Rs.100/- (Hindi)

International Price :
US$ 10/-

RICE - NON-CHEMICAL PEST CONTROL

This publication provides practical information about non-chemical pest control methods in the rice crop. It also provides details for identification of pests and predators and briefly describes some important diseases of the rice crop and their management.

Indian Price :
Rs.35/- (Hindi)

International Price :
US $ 4.00