Organic Farming Awareness and Training Program
The inability of Indian agriculture to meet the demand for food in the country during the two and half decades immediately after independence had been a matter of concern at those times, The system of our agriculture based on the traditional knowledge and practices handed down from generation to generation could not produce enough to feed the increasing population. The ignominy of our dependence for food on the western developed nations and the politics of food aid practiced by them added to our determination to be self-sufficient in food production by modernizing agriculture. The green revolution fulfilled our aspirations by changing India from a food importing to a food exporting nation.
However, the achievement was at the expense of ecology and environment and to the detriment of the well-being of the people. The agriculture system adopted from the west has started showing increasing unsustainability and once again the need for an appropriate method suitable to our requirements is being felt.
The practice of organic farming, said to the best known alternative to the conventional method, also originated in the west, which suffered from the ill effects of chemical agriculture. However, organic farming is based on the similar principles underlying our traditional agriculture. Organic agriculture aims at the human welfare without any harm to the environment which is the foundation of human life itself.
Program goal :
The main goal of the program was to explain to the participants, about the ill effects of chemicals used on the crops in their fields. As per Mr. Shashikant Raut explained that when chemicals were used in farming they gradually reduced the effective production capacity of the soil and more and more chemicals had to be applied to produce the same output. Whereas Organic methods were ideal to maintain the level of soil capacity in terms of production
As per Mr. Shashikant Raut explained that when chemicals were used in farming they gradually reduced the effective production capacity of the soil and more and more chemicals had to be applied to produce the same output. Whereas Organic methods were ideal to maintain the level of soil capacity in terms of production
Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are expensive to purchase whereas Organic manure and pesticides can be prepared by the farmers at home with ingredients that are around them on their farms. Adoption of Organic Farming techniques reduces the overall costs of farming and can result in more employment in the rural areas.
Crops produced by chemical farming methods are more dangerous to the health of the producer and consumer whereas crops produced by organic farming methods are more nutritious and safer for the farm workers. The use of Jeevamrutha can result in significant savings in total crop production costs and Awadhut strongly recommended that the farmers should all use organic manure and fertilizers and adopt Organic Farming methodology.
The method of preparation of Jeevamrutha manure was demonstrated to the farmers using: –
1 Kg of Jaggery/ 1 kg of Besan /Soil taken from below Banyan tree /200 litres of water
Organic Farming Awareness Program was attended by 1700 local farmers where in awareness program address the detailed explanation about the evils of using the artificial fertilizers. It was also explained about the defects to the soil fertility being caused by the artificial fertilizers. It was described how the macrobiotics is destroyed by the artificial fertilizers and strong insecticides. It was also said in an elaborate manner how the food crops become intoxicated by the usage of artificial fertilizers. The way of underground water becoming as poisonous by the usage of artificial fertilizers and insecticides was explained in a detailed manner. How the surrounding environment is polluted by the usage of artificial fertilizers? – A detailed explanation was given. It was emphasized that the usage of vermicost is the only remedy for all those defects and damages. An elaborate explanation of soil fertility, water fertility, health of the humanity in the program, After program completion we took the farmers finally to the agricultural lands to view those and the crops grown by application of vermicost.
As we found the open discussion between the Awareness program, participant shared the issues of their farming knowledge and situation that the poor image and promotion of agriculture, an ageing workforce, impediments to addressing the skills shortage, a lack of emphasis on education and training in the Farming industry, a failure to attract students to study agriculture, Inflexibility in the delivery of training by government institutions.
Farming has changed and producers now need technical knowledge as well as advanced business management and leadership skills to manage their many challenges, including farming and skills shortages.