Bio farming brings another green revolution in Dantewada villages
RAIPUR: Bio farming
has changed the direction and condition of 2,000-year-old traditional
agricultural practices of villages like Bhusaras, Hiranaar and Surnaar of
Dantewada district. With the unique way of farming, without using hybrid seeds,
fertilizer, insecticides, and modern and costly farm implements, the farmers of
these villages have produced 4-5 times more crops. Because of the agricultural
practice here, the Central government has declared Dantewada district a model
for bio farming.
administration, through forest produce committees, has purchased paddy produced
through bio farming at more price than support price. The success of this
practice started with 300 farmers has highly attracted other farmers of the
district towards bio farming.
Encouraged with the
result, the district administration has been considering establishing a company
of bio paddy producing farmers, so that the farmers do not depend on the market
power and decide the price of their produce on their own.
Devsenapati said that the significance of the practice done in the agriculture
fields of Dantewada was not only that the farmers were producing more crops at
less cost, but it was a step forward towards a revolution where farmers, by
using traditional sources, could increase fertility power of their farms and
save water and land from pollution.
He asked the
farmers to adopt Sri Paddhati in place of traditional sowing system. The
district administration has given free weeder to the farmers. To train farmers
and Village Agriculture Extension officers, Senapati has invited bio-farming
specialists Arunachalam and Jacob Nellium, who imparted training to them in
preparation of special bio fertilizers like Panchgavya and Jeevamrit.
prepared from milk, curd, cowdung and urine. With its use, plants grow rapidly.
Jeevamrit is a bio fertilizer made of cowdung, jaggery, wheat-flour and other
natural articles that gives boost to nitrogen stabilization. Besides,
preparation of other bio fertilizers like vermin compost and fish fertilizers
has also practised. Bio insecticides have been used in place of chemical
getting better price to his products, Suryakant Yadav of Balud village said
that he was getting Rs 1,310 for general thick paddy, but now he gets Rs 2,000
for the same paddy produced through bio farming. “I have adopted bio farming
forever,” he added.
Hidma Kosa, a
farmer from Surnaar said that it was unbelievable for him to see lush green
crops through bio farming.