I wonder about the future of my field as our children are not interested in being a farmer. Because the terrain is undulating, we have to walk long distances, at times through steep slopes, to bring manure to our fields. It is hard work. The input costs, like the price of seeds, manure etc., are going up. On top of this, the cost of transporting manure and other things add to the input costs and makes it more expensive. I am skeptical about organic farming! With Govt. encouraging organic farming a few years ago, many of us have used chemicals to boost yield or as pest control. It makes us now wonder whether organic farming will be beneficial to us! We are not good at keeping track of our income and expenses! We only have a rough idea of what we are earning and this worries us! As said by farmers the team met. Translated from KhasiLearn about the government schemes to help farmers. Download ebook. During the debrief session, after the field visit where a few farmers were wondering about organic farming (see quote above) - the zizra team was truly concerned. Organic farming, after all, was the norm with farmers in NE India for generations.
Since time immemorial, farming in Meghalaya is Organic by tradition and has been practiced by our farmers and the farming community for ages. (Source - a nicely written piece on Meghalaya Mission Organic)But after getting used to chemical fertilizers and insecticides, getting back to being organic seems a challenge? What are your thoughts? Are you concerned about the adverse effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and prefer organic produce? Do you have stories to share about farmers successfully pursuing organic farming? We would love to hear from you. Do contact us.
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