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A Guinness record in Organic Potatoes

posted Mar 14, 2012, 11:32 PM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Mar 15, 2012, 9:56 PM ]
Organic Potatoes from Bihar (Prakriti Organic)
A young farmer in Bihar has created a new Guinness record by cultivating 72.9 tonnes of potato from his one hectare farm in Nalanda. The earlier record stood at 45 tonnes by farmers in Netherlands. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has certified Sumant Kumar's record.

The supremacy of Organic farming need not be justified by the numbers. But even in numbers, it's becoming evident that a 'living soil' can do wonders! The quantitative advantage in terms of the nutritional value of Organic produce is already established by Dr. Vandana Shiva in the report 'Health per Acre'. (Click here to download from Navdanya Site). The report was published after a series of on-field experiments in India.

In this context, the other point to consider is the seed varieties. We know that there are 19,000 varieties of rice documented in Chattisgarh alone. Some are high-yielding varieties and some are slow and low yielding ones. While a correlation is yet to be established, it's almost certain that the slower varieties would be more rich in its composition of nutrients and minerals compared to the high yielding ones. So, it's not about a higher yield. It's about having Variety in the field. One of the basic problem in the Bt seeds is this lack of variety. Only when each and every seed is unique in its own way, the seeds can get engage in a rich and beautiful interaction with the soil and environment - contributing to the cosmic dance!

So, next time if there's a debate on which method of farming is better for Humanity, the answer shall confidently be - THE ONE THAT IS SUSTAINABLE & FRIENDLY TO THE SOIL!