Success Story (Panna, Mandsaur)
Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Organic farming is being promoted by the Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Department in Madhya Pradesh. Agriculture cost of farmers who have adopted organic farming has reduced and they are also availing other benefits including fuel.
Panna – Farmer Ramkishore Nagaich of Pawai village in Panna district has established a gobar gas plant with the help of the Farmer Welfare Department from which he has received several benefits.
Ramkishore Earlier would always use chemical fertiliser in his field. Because of this the fertility of his agricultural land was reducing thus affecting agricultural production. He also discussed about it to the field officials of Agriculture Department.
They advised him to use gobar gas plant in his house. He had 6 milching cattle and he started using their cow dung in the plant. He also started using the cow dung to make organic fertiliser. Today his agricultural cost has come down to a great extent. There is improvement in soil health also. Now Ramkishore is no longer dependent on the market for fertiliser and fuel.
Mandsaur – Farmer Kamlesh who hails from village Berkhedadev of Mandsaur district has been farming with chemical fertiliser since all these years. With the fertility of the soil waning, agricultural production was also coming down.
He spoke about this with the field officials of the Farmer Welfare and Agriculture Development Department. Kamlesh was then given information about the process of making organic fertiliser. He was also told about organic tonic, organic kaadha to keep away pests.
He was also told about use of gaumutra for Jeevamrit, Beejamrit, Jaivik Kaadha made out of vanaspatik leaves, jaivik tonic made from cow dung cakes and vermiwash. Says Kamlesh that by adopting organic farming, soyabean production has increased from 20 quintal to 25-30 quintal per hectare.
Besides, wheat production which was 55 quintal per hectare, has now increased to 70 quintal per hectare. Organic farming is now fetching Kamlesh an additional income of nearly Rs 40 thousand in a year.