CHAMOLI, July 23
The Farmers can increase their livelihood and make farming a beneficial proposition by adopting Zero budget natural agricultural practices. This was said by CDO Hansadutt Pandey during the two-day workshop on Zero Budget natural farming that was inaugurated at District Panchayat auditorium on Monday. The Institute of Agriculture Science and Technology Expert from Bangalore Bela Golwala is providing the training during the workshop to the farmers. The departments namely Aajeevika the Integrated Livelihood cooperation project, NABARD, agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, silk, fishery departments are also participating in the workshop. The CDO talked about promoting agriculture based on zero budget and using latest natural agriculture practices. He said that the farmers can benefit from Natural farming by sending very less amount in monetary terms. He directed the various linear departments to understand the new techniques being used in natural farming and adopt them too.
Agriculture Science and Technology Expert from Bangalore Bela Golwala said that we have forgetting the natural farming and said that she was here not to teach the farmers but to remind them about natural farming. She said that due to expensive fertilisers and pesticides farmers were unable to receive the right price for their crop and this also leads to natural imbalance in the soil. She said in natural farming the pesticides, chemical fertilizers and hybrid seeds are not used and farmers can earn more through this practice. The cow dung, cow urine, the flour of grams instead of besan, jaggery and mixture of soil and water is used to prepare the natural fertilizer and the local seeds are used in natural farming. The four groups of farmers were formed to understand their problems and to take their suggestions.
Yogesh and Chandra Pandey from Art of Living, Chief Horticulture officer Narendra Yadav, CAO R.L. Chandrawal, chief veterinary officer Dr Lokesh Kumar, Integrated livelihood cooperation project manager Pratim Bhatt, DDDM NABARD Abhinav Kapdi, Soil Conservation officer Ram Kumar and others were present. The workshop was coordinated by additional agricultural officer Jitendra Bhaskar.