Natural farming will prevent ryots from committing suicides: Palekar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2017 12:48:25

■ Staff Reporter,

THE cases off armers’ suicides are more in the developed states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana. In Maharashtra, BT Cotton has been a major cause for farmers taking the extreme steps. This was stated by renowned agriculture expert Padma Shree Subhash Palekar. Palekar was speaking during the last day of a three-day workshop on ‘Zero Budget Natural Farming’, at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall.

The government’s reply to the Supreme Court’s order is misleading. Lack of irrigation facilities can not be the reason for farmers’ crop failure and suicides.The number off armers’ suicide is very high in Punjab, which has best irrigation facilities in the country.

The input cost increases with the use of chemical fertilizers, which further increases inorganic farming. The banks and money lenders follow the farmers, immediately after the harvesting,leaving nothing for the farmers.Palekar said that natural farming,which reduces the in put cost and increases the yield, will prevent farmers’ resorting to the extreme step. None of the farmers who adopted farming dependent on nature,have commited suicide. This is actually a zero budget farming. Palkar in details explained the system to be adopted in paddy, cotton, seed treatment, use of pesticides to demonstrate two models of farming.

This can result infarmers earningRs 12 lakhper acre per year. Besides adopting to natural farming,independent marketing stratgy and facilities should be created, to avoid middlemen. The second outlet for making available agriculture produce from farm to customer directly, was inaugurated at MLA Hostel. The first market was started in Lendhra Park, Ramdaspeth and called it ‘Nagpur Natural’. President of Nagpur Natural Virendra Barbate, Hemantsingh Chavan, Indrajit Jichkar, Manoj Jawanjal, Ravindra Bhuyar , Sanjay Shrikhande and others are making efforts for success of Nagpur Natural. Besides farmers, IT sector employees are also taking interest in Palekar’s workshops.