Organic farming gains ground in Sundargarh

Posted on Jan. 3, 2017 in Food and Water

Sundargarh: Active use of indigenous seeds and organic products in various gram panchayats (GPs) of Balishankara and Sadar blocks has prompted the Agriculture Department to consider including the blocks in Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.

Several tribal farmers of the two blocks have been experimenting with indigenous seeds and organic farming with help from Sundargarh-based Centre for Integrated Rural and Tribal Development (CIRTD). For the last couple of years, several farmers’ clubs comprising around 1,050 members through seed exchange fairs have also been promoting use of indigenous seeds, organic manure and pesticide.

To study the farmers’ mood, Sundargarh Deputy Director of Agriculture (DDS) RN Satpathy and DDA (Plant Protection) LD Behera visited nine villages of Balishankara block and five villages of Sadar block. They interacted with the farmers about traditional practices of agriculture, inspected soil condition and process for preparing organic manures and pesticide.

CIRTD sources said, about 2,000 hectares in the blocks are being covered under organic farming with a target to expand to more areas to get rid of ‘chemical farming’. Compared to hybrid seeds, the traditional seeds are cheap, easy to preserve and can be used for longer period, the agriculture officials said.

Organic farming cultivators apply less expensive organic manures along with organic pesticide prepared from cow urine, leaves of neem, karanja, arakha, bel and custard apple and molasses to enhance micro nutrients of soil, enhance water retention capacity and fertility of soil.

Satpathy said, farmers of the two blocks are gradually adopting organic forming and to encourage them, they will supply seeds for ‘Ragi’ cultivation in upcoming kharif season.

The department is also taking steps to encourage farmers to divert from paddy cultivation in drought-prone high-land areas and seeds of ‘Ragi’, ‘Arhar’ and maize would be supplied to all types of farmers owning high-land to cover about 5,000 acres in the district.

First published by the Indian Express

Read Odiya reports on the same subject - Sambad and Prameya

Story Tags: Ideology of organic agriculture, organic farming, organic agriculture, organic, sustainability, sustainable prosperity, sustainable ecology, Agroecology


There are no comments yet on this Story.

Add New Comment

Fields marked as * are mandatory.
required (not published)
Explore Stories
marginalised secure livelihoods conservation environmental impact learning womens rights conservation of nature tribal human rights biodiversity energy rural economy governance millets agrobiodiversity sustainable consumerism education environmental issues rural seed diversity activist ecological empowerment Water management sustainability sustainable prosperity biological diversity Nutritional Security technology farmer community-based forest food livelihoods movement organic agriculture organic seeds collectivism adivasi traditional agricultural techniques eco-friendly values peace economic security alternative development farmers Food Sovereignty community supported agriculture organic infrastructure indigenous decentralisation forest wildlife farming practices agricultural biodiversity environmental activism organic farming women empowerment farming social issues urban issues food sustainable ecology commons collective power nature seed savers environment community youth women seed saving movement natural resources nutrition equity localisation Traditional Knowledge Agroecology waste food security solar traditional farms Tribals water security food production gender innovation alternative education well-being water alternative learning agriculture ecology self-sufficiency security health participative alternative designs waste management women peasants forest regeneration culture sustainable eco-tourism ecological sustainability art solar power alternative approach community conservation
Stories by Location
Google Map