Project Disha – Organic Farming And Pest Management
Mr. P. Damodhar works as the secretary with Sarvodaya Youth Organization. He discussed about organic farming and pest management. During his address to the villagers he told organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as green manure, compost and biological pest management. Organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides but excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides, livestock antibiotics. Organic agricultural methods are internationally regulated and legally enforced by many nations. This is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.
He also shed light on group farming in which crops are cultivated in groups. So there is a group of people and everyone gives a share for the expenditure. When the crops are ready and taken for selling to markets the money is distributed among each members of the group. Alongside he also explained the advantages of group farming, activities under the group farming, formation of the farmer groups and how the group has to sustain in future. Mr. Lingiaha, Project manager, SYO also focused on preparation of natural fertilizers using Neem, Chilli, Pancharasam and cow dung urea. Based on land crops pattern the particular crop should be grown to get more benefits. Mixed vegetable gives more scope in market in terms of demand and supply of a particular product.
At the end of the session a focus group discussion was conducted to exchange ideas with the villagers. The speaker advised the group to come up with the most alarming problems in the village pertaining to agriculture farming. Astonishingly, the group carved problems which were so phenomenal in nature. The list of problems was shortage of electricity, less ground water, availability of quality or duplicate seeds to name a few. The only problem which could be addressed by the foundation was introducing the organic farming which is too less when compared to the regular farming practice.
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