Organic Updates

Seed Sharing at Belavala Farm, Mysore

posted Apr 14, 2018, 3:16 AM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 3:17 AM ]

The seed sharing event was organized by Belavala farms and Sahaja seeds on 13th April 2018.
Jon Jondai from Thailand in Mysore

Sri Jon Jondai, an active and progressive organic farmer from Thailand was in town. He's a versatile person who advocates natural and simple living.

The core theme of the event being SEEDS, various other organizations including Punarchit had displayed a wide variety of seeds of many species. The dark maroon coloured tur variety was quite attractive.

Today the diversity of seeds is diminishing because Seeds are being 'manufactured' in laboratories by multi-national companies. These seeds by virtue of it, cannot reproduce. So, along with the loss of diversity, the nature's cycle is being abruptly stopped by these manufactured seeds. Traditionally, every community maintained their own seed banks. So, in effect, when we hear there were 6000 varieties of paddy varieties in India, it means, there were 6000 active communities that were living with self-respect in a self-reliant manner, which in turn supports a few more thousands of communities around them that are inter-dependent on these communities.

traditional seeds in Mysore
The seeds from the same bean plant will grow to become different 'bean' when grown in different geographical conditions.So, the simplest way to bring back diversity in seeds is to start growing atleast one plant in each home. Over a few iterations, the plant in your home/farm would have become a variety of its own. (Darwin's theory of Natural selection). And this seed diversity is the only way to bring food security for Humanity. Or else, with all our eggs in one basket, catastrophe might occur.

Now, growing a plant is one skill, while collecting seeds from it is quite another. Those who are interested to know more about Seed selection and Seed preservation, please reach out to us at admin@prakritifood.in or WhatsApp - 7204288166

Self-Reliance is our Goal. Learning Self-reliance in today's inter-dependent world is the art & science that's to be mastered.

Organic farmers gathering in Mysore

The Hand Made & the GST

posted Dec 18, 2017, 3:14 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

Is Hand made to be promoted? If it's in the decline in the last few centuries, shouldn't we accept it as a Natural Phenomenon and move forward with the new realities of Life?


The answer is,

Given the growing population and limited natural resources, there's no denial that we need a paradigm shift in our Journey of Life. Resilient and Self-reliant communities that can operate in a decentralized way, optimized through networking, enabled by today's technologies seem to be the Right way forward.


The environmental, social and economical benefits that a 'Hand-made' product brings to the table, puts it at the top of the list of factors essential for building such sustainable and self-reliant communities. So, in our earnest desire to make the community around us resilient and sustainable, we shall promote Hand-made!


One of the ways of promoting Hand-made is through abolishing GST for it. The current classification of products/services under GST is very individualistic. For example, both a drama theatre and a cinema theatre cannot be categorized collectively as 'Entertainment'. Khadi and Mill clothes cannot be categorized collectively as 'Textiles'. By the very nature of GST which tries to bring together things produced in a 'diverse' way in one basket,  Goliath is made to fight against the David. In such an uneven contest, the role of a Government must be to regulate the rules making the contest even and fair. I intend not to digress here but I think promotion of Hand-made is a more fool-proof and efficient mechanism for Inclusive Growth than Reservations.


At the same breath of asking the Government for the removal of GST for Hand-made products, we would also like to take the oath of promoting Hand-made products by maximizing its utilization in our daily lives!


Our collective knowledge, Skill and Application of Organic farming, Khadi & Bamboo/Mud Habitats (Food, Clothing & Shelter - basics of Life) shall make our Communityies Resilient, prideful & joyful in the years to come!


Thank you Prasannaji (Gram Seva Sangh) for making us realize this!

We, at Nesara wholeheartedly support this movement for Hand-made till the very end!

Meeting at Charvaka, Mysore on 17th Dec 2017 on Zero GST for Handmade products


To know more about this Movement and participate, please contact 99802 61767.


Making Farming Simpler

posted Jan 2, 2017, 1:03 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 9:50 PM ]

Scythe is a mechanical tool used for harvesting many different type of grains like wheat, rice, ragi etc. It's a traditional instrument used extensively in the olden days. It's re-engineered by Sri Ananth Chaturvedi and his team from Kanpur to suit today's needs. 

A demo program of an indigenously developed, eco-friendly tool for harvesting is organised on 5th Feb at Punyakoti farm in Sindhuvalli village (near Nanjangud). Interested people can send an sms to 99802 61767 or email admin@prakritifood.in.

or you can register directly at:

Amidst current day's labor crisis, such an efficient, Eco-friendly and indigenously developed solution is the need of the Hour.

More about Anant Chaturvedi in his own words:

We are a group of natural farmers based in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh practising Zero-budget farming under the guidance of respected Palekar Ji. My father is the one who started this mission and he has been a farmer for the past 15 years. So many years of working in rural India taught him a lot and he developed a keen interest in understanding our grassroot problems and trying to find a solution to them. He has been striving hard with that aim in mind and developed a few innovative solutions, an important one among them being the bullock driven pump-cum-thresher-cum-chaff cutter. (see below video for the same)


Over the course of these experiments he stumbled upon an idea of making a handy crop cutting device which would be very efficient but be a part of "zero budget-zero pollution farming". After years of hard work, and with able guidance from Mr. Alexander Vido of Canada, the team came up with the scythe.

The scythe as you may have seen is a very efficient tool for harvesting all types of grains, grasses and weeds like wheat, paddy, ragi, jowar, clover, alpha-alpha etc. The efficiency of an average farmer increase by almost 10 times when he/she uses the scythe even though there is no carbon footprint involved. The scythe is rightly making a lot of waves in North India as you can see from this video:


Here's the Google map to the demo location:

Punyakoti farm


Technology for Green Living

posted Jun 4, 2015, 9:48 PM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 9:49 PM ]

sus liv.jpgNesara Farmers' Market in Geeta Road, near Ballal circle, Chamrajapuram along with NIE-CREST is observing World Environment Day on Saturday 6th June at its premises by organizing day long live demonstration of Green Technologies for a sustainable living. 

Biogas unit for every day kitchen use, rainwater harvesting, solar systems, energy efficient farm choolas and many such sustainable technologies will be on display. Experts will be present to guide the general public for moving towards a green and sustainable living. 

You are invited to join the inauguration at 10 am by prof. Shamsundar, head of NIE-CREST. The demonstration will be open till 6.30 pm. 

Farm fresh mango mela from Melkote & Raichur is also being organized on the same day at Nesara premises.

Project Bamboo

posted Mar 7, 2015, 5:18 PM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Mar 7, 2015, 5:23 PM ]

Bamboo
A group of institutions has come together and working towards the propagation of Bamboo in Mysore region. Bamboo is one material that's intertwined in our daily lives more than any other material - from construction, paper industry, furniture, food to textiles. Being a grass, it's sustainable and environment-friendly as well. Under this initiative, here are some of the activities currently underway:


  1. Creating public awareness about Bamboo

  2. Providing technical training to interested farmers

  3. Setting up a Bamboo nursery & a resource center in Mysore

  4. Establish the necessary infrastructure for post harvest processing and storage

  5. Linking with the Industry people to establish a strong local market in Mysore region


As part of this initiative, a workshop is organized on 8th March at Arivu School, Mysore from 10 AM to 4 PM. The target audience for this workshop are Farmers, Architects, Entrepreneurs, Students and Nature-lovers striving to be part of a sustainable economy. The workshop is being conducted by scientists from ICFRE (Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education) and IPIRTI (Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute).


Further to this workshop, specific action areas has been identified and work plans are being prepared with short term and long term targets involving the interested public. The key action areas are:


Action Area

Description

Bamboo propagation

promotion with farmers; Saplings availability, pest management, harvest techniques

Bamboo Construction

Student participation, Study circle, Skill development, building components availability

Bamboo Energy

Knowledge sharing on Biomass energy; Gassifiers, Bamboo charcoal and other technology identifcation/promotion

Bamboo Manufacturing

Identification and promotion of appropriate technologies and components for daily use and other industrial uses

Bamboo Resource Center

Setting up & maintenance of the public reource center; accumulation of knowledge base

Bamboo Marketing

Processing & Storage; public awareness Campaign; Launching new daily use products

Bamboo Cooking

Production of Indian specialities like Bamboo pickles; Experimentation of new recipes; promotion of new food products


In the last 30 years, China has successfully turned its bamboo sector from a traditional, small-scale, low value-adding sector with manual processing into an emerging modern rural industry, which balances economy with environment, and provides sustainability for rural livelihoods and mountain forestry.


Why shouldn’t we? Let’s put Mysore in the map of Bamboo!



Farmers' Dasara in Mysore

posted Sep 21, 2014, 3:25 AM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj

As usual, Nesara will be putting up a stall in this years Farmers' Dasara at JK Grounds opposite Railway station. Looking forward to meet you there!

Organic mela in Mysore

posted Feb 4, 2013, 8:22 PM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj

A happy news for the organic lovers in Mysore - The Horticulture department is organizing a 2 day mela in Curzon park on 9th and 10th of Feb 2013 to promote organic products. This will also facilitate farmer groups to establish linkages with other organic market functionaries including retail outlets, processors and wholesale dealers. For details, please visit 
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-04/mysore/36742511_1_organic-farmers-organic-food-farmer-groups

Vermicompost - a Green Vision venture

posted Jul 31, 2012, 11:35 AM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Aug 30, 2012, 10:15 AM ]

Green_Vision_Organic_Compost_Sivakasi
What started as a small hobby in the backyard, has now grown into a full fledged business - highlighting the power of passion and the growing organic world.


Latha Abiruben started making vermicompost for her own Kitchen garden use utilizing the cow dung and dry neem leaves available in plenty at the house. On seeing the quality of the compost and its results on the farm, now more and more people place their order with her. A dry place like Sivakasi perhaps needs more such organic substitutes to improve the fertility of the land. This social entrepreneur is also closely associated with Exnora and have been involved in many social activities. The 'Go Green' exhibition organized last year in Sivakasi had received huge response and there's requests from all to conduct the same this year. Latha and her friends also work to ignite the young minds in schools and colleges in the nearby areas through the Exnora forum.

organic vermicompost
The production unit is neatly setup and well maintained.

Contact Details:

A. Latha B.Com., M.B.A
Navik Organic Products
82-A, Kamarajar Road,
Sivakasi
Phone: 04562 - 225871
Mobile: +91 98940 62287


Organic Movement - for a sustainable tomorrow

posted Jul 10, 2012, 7:10 AM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Jul 25, 2012, 10:33 PM by Prakriti Food ]

farmer - sustainable community farming in Mysore
In a forum for promoting Entrepreneurship amongst the College faculty members, JCE had organized a one day workshop for the Engineering college faculty members in and around Mysore region. 

Lets spread the movement called Organic!

Note: The presentation document is available for download at the bottom of this page




Organic farming - some positive news

posted Jun 19, 2012, 7:19 PM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Jun 19, 2012, 7:27 PM ]

    *Shot in the arm for organic farming*
    M N Kulkarni,June
    18,2012<Deccan Herald News>
     
    *Organic farming seems to have caught on in a big way in the State. Take
    Takkalupalya village in C N Halli taluk of Tumkur district, where 106
    families have adopted organic farming practices. All the organic farmers in
    the village have taken up vermicomposting.
    *
    This has resulted in reduced application of chemical fertilisers. Farmers
    here have been able to save Rs 1,500 to 2,000 because they are using fewer
    quantities of fertilisers.
     
    It is the same story in H Madalli village of Gundlupet taluk. As many as 80
    farmers have adopted various organic farming methods.
     
    One of them, P Kadappa, has been successful in reaping the benefits of
    organic farming. Earlier, he struggled to meet the high input costs of
    modern agricultural practices. He also faced the problem of repayment of
    crop loans. It was at this juncture that he came in contact with the
    organic farming project of the State government and became part of it.
     
    As part of the activities, he participated in a farm visit to the organic
    farm of Kodi Papanna, former legislator of Hunsur. Preparation of
    jeevamrutha (an organic concoction comprising grains, cow urine, dung,
    etc), vermicomposting, mulching and other activities adopted by Papanna
    inspired Kadappa.
     
    Today, he has adopted organic farming on his 2.8 hectares of land. He has
    been able to raise jowar, ragi, cowpea, onion, turmeric and red gram
    organically. Rangaiah, a small farmer adopted organic farming practices in
    Upparahalli village of Tumkur district.
     
    “Earlier, I used to spend Rs 6,000 on fertilisers and pesticides for
    vegetable cultivation on four guntas. This year, I have saved this money by
    following organic methods,” he points out.
     
    All these farmers are part of the third phase of the implementation of the
    government’s organic village/site programme in all taluks of the State.
    Initially, model organic sites of about 100 ha. were being developed one in
    each district. With the success of the programmes, the government decided
    to extend this programme to the taluk level from 2006-07 onwards.
     
    “Availability of good quality compost in large quantities and the
    individual farmer’s determination is the key for success of organic
    farming. NGOs need to guide farmers properly and help in marketing of
    organic produce,” explains N C Nagaraj, Assistant Director of Agriculture
    and Nodal Officer, Organic Farming Section, Department of Agriculture,
    Tumkur.
     
    Under the project, each organic block consists of 100 hectares. The project
    aims to create viable demonstrations of organic farming practices with
    community participation.
     
    This has been achieved through a menu of activities including different
    composting methods like vermicomposting, botanical preparations for the
    control of pests and diseases, mixed and multiple cropping systems,
    planting of fruit and forestry species, fodder promotion, support for dairy
    animals, soil and water conservation, promotion of bio digesters, azola
    cultivation, collection of cattle urine as an alternative for urea,
    preparation and use of organic manure and fertilisers.
     
    The project is being monitored by the Department of Agriculture at the
    taluk level and at the district level. A committee consisting of
    progressive farmers of each village under the project is being formed for
    the smooth implementation of the project and to involve the community in
    the implementation processes.
     
     
    Nemani, Chandrasekhar
    Program Officer (Information)
    Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN)
    12-13-452, Street No. 1, Tarnaka, Secunderabad - 500 017, India

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