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India: Teacher and toddy tapper start quail farm on rooftop to survive COVID crisis

Ajayakumar and Maneesh Kumar in quail farm.

The birds survived the cold weather in Marayur and lay up to 1000 eggs a day. Quail egg fetches Rs 2.5 in the local market

By Jayan Varriath
Feb 9, 2021


After the COVID lockdown was imposed, both Ajayakumar and Maneesh were struggling make the ends meet. Ajayakumar is a social science teacher at a private school in Marayur. As the schools were not functioning, his income decreased. Maneesh, who is a toddy tapper, was also facing a hard time after toddy shops were closed.

At this time, the duo came to know about quail farming. They studied more about the farming techniques from their friends who were working in the same industry. They purchased 1200 quail hatchlings from Pallippuram in Cherthala.

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February 15, 2021   No Comments

France: French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them

Corinne Fesseau feeding her rooster Maurice in Saint-Pierre-d’Oléron in 2019. His crowing prompted a court case.Credit…Kasia Strek for The New York Times

After a series of high-profile disputes in rural areas, the French Parliament has passed a bill that enshrines countryside smells and sounds as protected national heritage.

By Aurelien Breeden
New York Times
Jan. 24, 2021

PARIS — The crow of a rooster and the ringing of a church bell at dawn. The rumble of a tractor and the smell of manure wafting from a nearby stable. The deafening song of cicadas or the discordant croaking of frogs. Quacking ducks, bleating sheep and braying donkeys.

Perennial rural sounds and smells such as these were given protection by French law last week, when lawmakers passed a bill to preserve “the sensory heritage of the countryside,” after a series of widely publicized neighborhood spats in France’s rural corners, many of them involving noisy animals.

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Bangladesh: Coronavirus and our food systems in the inner city of Dhaka

A Small-scale roof-top integrated goat farm (RIGF) approach

By Dr.Mohammed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology and Owner/Director, The Blue Crescent Veterinary Hospital, Mirpur, Dhaka -1216, Bangladesh


COVID-19 pandemic has put entire agri-food value chain of our nation along with the local food systems including inner city at risk of disruptions. Bangladesh is no exception and our government has been playing a major role and working hard in limiting the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. However food security in the inner city could not have been addressed with the speed as it was required. Thus, an innovative idea has been advanced to mitigate disruptions to ensure healthy food supply to the city dwellers. In order to improve the food supply, a very specific way of roof-top farming was introduced using goats and poultry in the production chain without creating any public nuisance and or impact on the environment.

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Backyard poultry a growing trend

 Findings, published in the July 15, 2020, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Image: Aanval van een buizerd op kippen after Francis Barlow, 1680 – 1723

Study authors suggest a new model of practice might be envisioned for urban and peri-urban poultry and livestock clientele to ensure the health and welfare of their animals, and to safeguard public health.

By Robin Young
Pagosa Springs Sun
Jan 17, 2021


“Many of these owners are unfamiliar with the responsibilities and challenges of owning poultry and/or livestock,” Adams said. “County Extension personnel can teach the new animal owners as they have taught youth in 4-H programs for more than 100 years. With enhanced knowledge about animal husbandry, the new owners will understand the importance of seeking veterinary services when their animals show signs of illness.”

Disease spread from these peri-urban areas can spell disaster for other animals. For example, the 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, traced to backyard poultry flocks, had severe economic and trade consequences for the commercial poultry industry. Recent outbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease in California also posed significant threats to commercial poultry flocks and the agricultural economy.

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Australia: And then the pandemic came: A tale of two community gardens

Georgina Bathurst in the Bourke Street garden.James Brickwood.

The garden’s membership doubled to more than 50 during the pandemic

By Danielle Mahe
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2021


Last year was meant to be the year when the Bourke Street Community Garden in Woolloomooloo could finally house the prized chickens for which the gardeners had been waiting for.

To mark the occasion, they had planned to hold a chicken festival, an open day to showcase the inner city garden with its new additions. It would be the first of the 23 community gardens in the City of Sydney council area to have livestock.

The chickens finally arrived in March. But so did COVID-19.

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This Herd of Goats Recycles Christmas Trees in Chicago by Eating Them

Urban Growers Collective maintains a herd of 17 goats at its South Chicago farm. (Courtesy of Urban Growers Collective)

“Our youth also create products from what they grow — teas, dried herbs, herbal beauty scrubs, honey, and herb-infused cooking salts. We are hoping to add goat’s milk soap to this year’s entrepreneurial product offerings,” said Sims.

By Patty Wetli
January 9, 2021


For the past 6 or 7 years, the farm has accepted Christmas tree leftovers on behalf of the goats, but has never approached maxing out on the 15 to 20 trees the goats could stomach. (Staff parcels them out, a few branches at a time.) If folks are still looking to unload their tree, Sims said a drop-off can be scheduled at the farm, 9000 S. Mackinaw Ave., by emailing [email protected]

It’s a great way to get out of the house, experience the farm and meet the goats, who “love being the center of attention,” Sims said.

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Philippines: Retired physician grows food and raises native chickens in her backyard

Darag chickens are usually grown in backyards, says Salacata. They are small and versatile that do not need to be highly maintained as they feed themselves with pasture.

By Vina Medenilla
Manila Bulletin
Dec 29, 2020


In Bacolod, a garden sits in a backyard that used to be a garbage dump. The area was then unoccupied, not until when Anabel Villanueva-Salacata, a retired infectious disease doctor and owner of Twenty Six Herb Garden, decided to transform the lot into an edible garden. “You do not have to have a 2,000 or 3,000 sqm or a hectare of land,” she said, explaining that one can grow anything either in a driveway, area in your dirty kitchen, or a condo’s balcony. “Just have some small pots and choose the plants that you want to eat.”

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