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posted Aug 10, 2016, 8:28 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 2:21 AM ]

In “Know Your Farmer” programme we visted Balamurughan's farm. Balamurughan is a engineer by profession and farmer by habit. Still if you want to describe Balamurughan,  he loves farming, cultivation , agriculture, environment and also toiler. He is in this generation where everyone tells that we don’t have time, but still he is spending all his free time in agriculture.
He grows Banana, Mango, Tsunami gourds, Pumpkin, Papaya and Arillate in 
his farm. He uses traditional method (using V shaped stick) to grow Banana. He 
divides his land to different parts to grow mixed crop.

Preparation of Fertilizer
He prepares his own fertilizer by forming his own pits. He uses dry leaves, 
harvested banana plants, creepers(i,e pumpkin, Tsunami gourd) and soil to 
prepare fertilizers.

you know your farmer ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಬಾಲಮುರುಘನ್ ಅವರ ತೋಟಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಟಿನೀಡಿದ್ದೆವು. ವೃತ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾಲಮುರುಘನ್ ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರ್. ಆದರೂ ಇವರು ಹವ್ಯಾಸಿ, ರೈತರು ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಕೃಷಿಕರು. ಇನ್ನೂ ಬಾಲಮುರುಘನ್ ಅವರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳಬೇಕೆಂದರೆ ಇವರು ಪರಿಸರ ಪ್ರೇಮಿ, ಕೃಷಿಪ್ರೇಮಿ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿ. ಸಮಯದ ಅಭಾವವೆಂದು ಹೇಳುವ ಈಗಿನ ಯುವಪೀಳಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಬಿಡುವಿನ ಸಮಯವನ್ನು ಕೃಷಿಗಾಗಿ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಇವರು ತಮ್ಮ ತೋಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾಳೆ, ಮಾವು, ಸುನಾಮಿ ಸೋರೆಕಾಯಿ, ಸಿಹಿಗುಂಬಳ, ಪರಂಗಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪತ್ರೆಯನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.ಬಾಳೆಯನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಯನ್ನು ಸಾಂಪ್ರದಾಯಿಕ ಪದ್ಧತಿಯನ್ನು (ಕವಡುಗೋಲು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸುವುದು) ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಈ ಪದ್ಧತಿಯನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಲು ಕಾರಣ ಬಾಳೆಗೊನೆಯನ್ನು ತೂಕ ಮತ್ತು ಗಾಳಿಯಿಂದ ಬೀಳದಂತೆ ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲು. ಇವರು  ತಮ್ಮ ಜಮೀನನ್ನು ವಿವಿಧ ಭಾಗಗಳಾಗಿ ವಿಂಗಡಿಸಿ ಮಿಶ್ರಬೆಳೆ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಗೊಬ್ಬರ ತಯಾರಿಕೆ
ಇವರು ತಮ್ಮದೆ ಆದ ಗೊಬ್ಬರದ ಗುಂಡಿಗಳನ್ನು ತೊಡಿ, ತಮ್ಮದೆ ಆದ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗೊಬ್ಬರ ತಯರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಗೊಬ್ಬರವನ್ನು ತಯಾರಿಸಲು ಒಣಗಿದ ತರಗೆಲೆ, ಕಟಾವು ಮಾಡಿದ ಬಾಳೆ ಗಿಡಗಳು, ಬಳ್ಳಿಗಳು(ಕುಂಬಳ, ಸುನಾಮಿ ಸೋರೆಕಾಯಿ) ಮತ್ತು ಮಣ್ಣು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.

AP Chandrashekar

posted Jul 24, 2015, 9:07 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 9:07 AM ]

AP Chandrashekar is a household name in the organic community for the last 20 years and his farm INDRAPRASTHA is very systematically 'designed'. 

Out of total 13 acres, 4 acres is meant to be 'grown' as a dense forest with coconut, areca nut, banana and lot of wild trees and plants. This area is fully rain fed with a lot of biomass containing several layers of compost materials. It is almost like a jungle with several feet high of biomass all over the place, 

Adjacent to this, lots of fruit and vegetables are grown with a sprinkler system which feeds water during the summer season and rain fed. Here too, it is biomass and no-tilling. Farm tanks are located at various places where they dump leaves and organic waste in cow-urine, dung and water to have constant source of organic insecticide. 

He believes in the philosophy - RESPECT THE NATURE. The farm contains more than 2500 different species of plants where the sunlight is harvested very efficiently.

There is a store inside the farm with over 100 items on the shelf. There is a notice board requesting people to pay the listed price considering the hard work and sweat that has gone in the farming to processing, and not resort to bargaining. This is probably because people may like the products but may bargain hard as prices are on the higher side compared to the prices in the regular shops. 

There are products from every possible thing – there are standard medicinal products, soaps and toiletries, food grains, vegetables, fruits, jaggery, Jams, pickles, chutneys, juice concentrates, powders (sambar, rasam) and many more. Just to share the innovation of value addition – tidbits from orange and lemon pulp, sugar coated dried sapota, tamarind seeds and jackfruit seeds. 

At Indraprastha, there are multiple potent forces in action:

  • 200% passion for agriculture – a lot of native plants and crops are grown and at the same time many varieties has been collected from far off places
  • A Mechanical engineering mind that has developed many appropriate tools and machines which make the labor productive and self sustaining for both farming and processing. Rain water harvesting and bio gas is leveraged well. 
  • Researcher and Scientist – has done lot of research (including from his homeland – South Canara) on the value added products in general and food, medicines in particular. Also, developed lot of new products
  • Artistic – with the selection of ornamental and medicinal plants, designing the landscape, and using the buds of the trees, branches and other material for designing the artifacts. Garden in front of his house can leave behind any designer garden in front of corporate office.
  • Teacher and writer – has written lot of books / articles on agriculture, food and health, has places for conducting training and workshops, quotes on the walls are truly thought provoking
  • Last but most importantly, has an eye for consumers, market and economic value. 

Directions to the farm are simple – From Mysore, take H.D.Kote road, after around 10 kms, on the left you will see a resort – Chitravana, adjacent to it, take a left turn to Kalalavadi, it is a neat tarred road. Drive for 3 kms, will pass kalalavadi village, and keep going, you will see some heritage farm on the left. Further down, you will see an entrance to Indraprastha – Sustainable organic farm.

Vishal Baadkar

posted Sep 2, 2012, 10:31 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Sep 2, 2012, 10:36 AM ]

vishal farmer from coorg - supplies banana to Prakriti
Vishal is a lawyer who realized the direction of future and have turned towards organic farming. His farm in Coorg is a IMO certified farm with a multitude of produce.

<more details to be updated shortly>

Vishal Baadkar with his father

Ramakrishna Bhat

posted Aug 30, 2012, 9:59 AM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Dec 10, 2013, 9:12 AM ]

Ramakrishna Bhat organic farmer in Mysore
A Gandhian doing organic farming since 1984. 

<Please visit in a few days to read more.....>

Anand - KRS Road

posted Jul 24, 2012, 1:08 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Aug 3, 2012, 7:20 AM ]

Organic farm near Mysore
Anand is a young progressive organic farmer who has left his posh lifestyle and a lucrative career to protect the sanctity of Mother Earth. His farm is located in KRS road (3 kms from the ring road junction).

This organic farm near Mysore strives to be a model for Integrated farming with all the associated activities with Agri-culture to be incorporated - food processing, poultry, fish rearing etc.

The plans are actually big :-). The aim is to 'prove' that Agri-culture can be a viable means of earning a living. It's an attempt to bring back the youth energy into Agri-culture. Without the youth energy, it'd be highl
traditional food processing unit in Mysore
y impossible to make a turn around from the current situation where farmers' suicide happen every other minute.

Work is on for setting up a food processing unit which balances the traditional methods with modern technology.

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