laminating the brokers boosts farmer income. We are confident the success of this initiative would one day spark the next wave of revolution in organic farming
Online PR News – 29-March-2020 – Bengaluru Karnatka – Organic farming is a method, which includes growing crops and rearing animals naturally. The process consists of the use of biological materials, eliminating synthetic materials to sustain soil fertility and ecological balance. It reduces pollution and wastage by avoiding fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms. It depends on ecologically balanced agricultural methods such as crop rotation, green manure, organic waste, biological pest control, mineral, and rock additives.
There is a wide array of farmers in India who struggle against all the odds to cultivate their farms and supply organic produces. The biggest challenge is to facilitate the transition from traditional to organic farming. Agriculture land lost its productivity in the long-run, and farmers became sick due to the use of pesticides in the fields. The overuse of chemicals also impacted water and soil quality.
The problem is not restricted to the farmlands and people involved in farming but also affects the consumers. Migrating to organic farming is beneficial to health as well as the environment. However, it needs significant resources and technical support. Farmers must learn new methods to fertilize the land, overcome pests, and adapt & respond to the requirements of the soil.
Our extensive work in the field of agriculture with diverse communities has provided strong evidence that the earning capabilities of farmers increase substantially through agricultural cooperatives and organic farming.
We focus on creating agricultural cooperatives and delivering technical support to beneficiaries to consolidate and enhance farming techniques, increase their livelihoods, and bolster food security and nutrition status. We also support market integration that fosters sustained earnings. Partnering with private companies to sign farm contracts for organic products, enables the cooperatives to boost their brand image and get the marketing support.
As part of the community development program, Aahwahan Foundation’s dream is to create an organic village that would, over the long period, become a role model for sustainable farming across villages in India. With this quest in our mind, we have adopted a village Kuntimaddi in Karnataka.
Out of the total 248 families in the village, 98 families cultivate the land. We have trained them to shift to natural farming without using any pesticides. The average landholding per family is around 1 to 4 acres. By encouraging farmers to combine their land and create cooperatives, we ensure better yields and increased earnings for the farmers. Once the farmers are convinced of the guaranteed price and improved productivity, more and more families would join the cooperatives—additional support to select the seeds and access marketing channels.
Farmers have also been encouraged to commence dairy farming. They are supported to produce organic milk, curd, paneer, ghee, cheese, and butter. Incorporating best agricultural practices, offering revolving fund, and access to markets has changed their lives. Assistance in the form of calf-rearing and techniques for increasing milk production is given.
Just one farmer following organic practices would not be enough. Everyone should be involved, only then can we improve the health of Mother Earth. We have declared the entire village as a “No plastic zone.” The production cycle involves the concept “Farm to Consumer, where the farmers produce is directly sold to the consumer.