The trend of organic farming is catching up in India just like other part of the world. The harmful effects of the pesticides used in traditional farming is encouraging people to take up organic farming. The total area under organic farming in India is 27.7 lakh hectares (lh) till July from 23.02 lh brought under chemical-free cultivation last year. In organic farming, MP and Rajasthan are leading the way. The young generation is showing interest in organic farming more.
In the list of people taking interest in organic farming, a couple from Gujarat left their plush jobs in Silicon Valley and running an organic farm to fulfill their dream of contributing to environmental conservation.
The farm where they are doing organic farming is on the highway of Nadiad and is spread over 10 acres of area. They are producing organic wheat, banana, potato, Jamun among many other crops.
The couple left their tech jobs and decided to start farming in their homeland, India. They also took a month-and-a-half long course in farmiculture. They will also produce 'organic banana chips' if there is surplus banana production.
Vivek Shah states, "In our farm, we grow crops like Bajra, Wheat, Potato, Banana, Papaya, Jamun, Coriander, and Brinjal. We have also made ponds on our farm and have grown special plants there which clean the water. This way, our crops are irrigated with clean water."
He adds, "We have a rainwater harvesting plant of 20 thousand litres. Once it is completely filled, it can sustain the irrigation needs of our farm for three years on its own."
"To prevent pests and insects, we use multi-cropping and inter-cropping. Besides, we also grow tulsi and lemongrass," said Vrinda.
They revealed the farm waste is used to make manure which is then used in crops. Now, the couple is also offering courses and seminars in kitchen gardening and organic farming.
"We will use the soil that was extracted after digging out ponds, collect stones found in this plot of land and cow-dung to construct a house within this farm," Vrinda said.