President Kovind to honour Rohit for promoting organic farming

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2017 12:06:27



Our Correspondent,


A young progressive farmer of Patan assembly segment has emerged as a source of inspiration for others due to his endeavour towards promotion of organic farming. This farmer is going to be honoured by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind in Rajyotsav programme on November 5 in Raipur.

According to information, the farmer Rohit Ram Sahu is born in Achanakpur and completed his school education from Selud Government Higher Secondary School. He pursued Post Graduation in Political Science from the village college. After completing education, Rohit got involved in politics at local level and also worked as MLA and MP in Patan assembly segment.

Few years ago, Rohit observed that many agricultural land turned barren due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers. With an aim to save land from getting barren, Rohit decided to promote organic farming in Patan.

“The journey was not so easy for me. Earlier, I was a subject of laughter for others when I started organic farming. Farmers thought that it is not possible to cultivate crops without using chemical fertilizers. But looking much productivity, some other farmers of the village also adopted organic farming”, said Rohit.

While sharing his experience, Rohit informed that five years ago, when he along with a local farmer Sadhuram was engaged in sprinkling chemical fertilizer on crops, some fertilizers accidentally fell on his body which later resulted into skin infection. “I immediately contacted agri expert Alok Mishra and narrated the incident. He suggested me to apply pure ghee on the affected body parts and I got huge relief after applying pure ghee. Then I realised that use of chemical fertilizer is not only reducing productivity of our fields but also harming crops and so I decided to promote farmers towards organic farming. I attended a five-day training programme at Devalpara in Nagpur and two-day training programme held at Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University in Anjora.

Rohit informed that at present there are numerous farmers in Mahasamund, Arang, Dhamtari and other districts who have adopted organic farming. Women self help group in Achanakpur prepares organic fertilizer and supply it to farmers.

Women Self Help Group President Dularibai Sahu informed that inspired from Rohit, they formed this group. At present, there are nine members in this group. They collect manure from Gaushala opened by state government in Achanakpur. The government has also announced to provide a fund of Rs 40,000 for Nadep, a method to promote vermi-compost along with green manure.

Rohit informed that along with organic farming, he is also engaged in traditional storage of paddy seeds. Till date, he has developed three new varieties of paddy besides preserving more than 50 varieties of paddy seeds. He said that by 2022, he will totally discontinue use of chemical fertilizers in agricultural work.