The growing influence of Organic farming is encouraging a number of farmers to opt for organic. Additionally, even the government is taking much-needed steps in ensuring the outbreak of organic farming on a larger scale.
One such similar effort was done by the department of Horticulture. With an aim of encouraging tribals to take up organic farming, a one-day long training session in eco-friendly methods of farming was organised in Bhadradri-Kothagudem. This initiation was witnessed by around 50 farmers who sow vegetables in the surrounding areas.
The MLA of Kothagudem also distributed 50 vermicomposting beds to the participants under the mission of integrated development of Horticulture. The participants were further taught about eco-friendly ways of farming, recycling of farming waste, drip irrigation and several other technologies that are best suited for water conservation.
There was also an interactive session wherein the MLA made it a point to highlight the benefits of indulging in organic farming, and how it is leading to increase in output and reduction in costs.
HOW IS ORGANIC FARMING BENEFICIAL TO SMALL SCALE FARMERS?
If you still wonder how organic farming is going to benefit the small-scale farmers read further:
- High premium profit – Naturally organic food is priced higher than food that is conventionally grown. The rate of difference is around 20-30%. Hence, growing organic definitely enhances the profit margin of the farmer.
- Fewer debts – A number of farmers worldwide commit suicide under the burden of debt. The vicious cycle of loan repayment that they get trapped in, is due to the costly fertilisers and chemicals they need to buy. On the contrary, organic farming requires no such pesticides and chemicals, hence the input is less which gradually reduces the debt.
- The abundance of traditional knowledge – Most farmers are well versed with traditional methods of farming. However, the conventional methods disallow them to practice this. Organic farming allows them to incorporate their traditional knowledge while gaining better outcomes.
- Less investment – Organic farming requires less investment on the part of the farmer. It requires no expensive chemicals and pesticides. Hence the investment is definitely low in comparison to inorganic farming.
One such initiation is The Organic Garden, an online store that allows you to place online orders for organic fruits, vegetables and grocery items. Having certified products, the company manages to function in Mumbai and deliver groceries PAN India. The quality measures are stringent to ensure that only apex quality organic products are delivered to your doorstep.