AGRICULTURE

In Harmony with Nature

The Green Revolution was hailed as a means to ensure food security for the nation and reduce dependence on imports. It brought additional farmland under cultivation, but at a great price to the environment. There is an urgent need to replace chemical methods of farming with techniques that are more in harmony with nature.

With this in mind, our goals are to promote natural ways of farming, end dependence on chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and increase agricultural yield. Natural farming nurtures the soil and ensures continual groundwater recharge. In order to support it, we promote trees on farm boundaries, emphasise seed-saving, and are working on providing irrigation facilities.

One of the most important next steps is to work on repairing soils that have degraded from years of chemical farming. Another step forward is to encourage the cultivation of additional crops, especially those that require less water. An emphasis remains on dairy farming and cow breeding, as cows play an essential role in natural farming.

Natural farming nurtures the soil and ensures continual groundwater recharge.

Finally, we are encouraging farmers to grow kitchen gardens in order to have access to a food source that is completely natural. In India, most farmers grow paddy or wheat or some cash crops on their farms, and do not bother to cultivate even a small patch of vegetables for themselves. Instead, they buy vegetables from markets or go without.

The vegetables sold in the markets are laden with harmful pesticides and fertilisers. Encouraging villagers to grow kitchen gardens can help curb the problem of malnutrition, as fresh vegetables can provide essential nutrition.

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