Organic farming, desi seeds dominate Beej Mahotsav

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jun 2018 10:59:55


Our Correspondent


Excessive usage of chemical fertilisers and pesticides by farmers in raising crops has reportedly resulted in many deadly diseases in humans like cancer etc.One of the solutions is promotion of organic farming and use of desi and organic seeds in cultivation. In this context, Beej Mahotsav was celebrated recently at Amleshwar, attended by the farmers of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, who have adopted organic farming.On the occasion of Beej Mahotsav, which was organised at ‘Shreshtha Desi Gau Panchgavya Sansthaan’ at Amleshwar, organic and desi seeds of several types were showcased. Desi seeds of rare varieties including scented paddy, paddy having medicinal quality, eggplant (brinjal), wild broad-beans of 4-5 types, tuma seeds weighing around 15 kilograms and drumstick seeds were displayed at the Mahotsav. Interested farmers enthusiastically purchased the seeds of their choice.

The main center of attraction at the Mahotsav was the desi seeds of reportedly 200 years old tree of drumstick (munga) brought by farmer Gajendra Chandrakar of Kurudh. Rohit kumar Sahu, a recipient of Dr Khubchand Baghel Krishi Ratna Award by Chhattisgarh Government for Organic Farming, also attended the Mahotsav. Sahu said,“Several desi seeds of Chhattisgarh are on the verge of extinction including desi paddy seeds like safari, kaali kamoth, korma etc. It had been our endeavour at the Mahotsav to exchange these rare seeds with the seeds grown in the farms of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh which are threatened with extinction in that area”.
Moreover, the process of making bio-fertiliser called ‘Ghan Jeevamrit’, including cow-dung, cow-urine, molasses (Gud), gram flour (Besan) and soil under the roots of Banyan tree, utilised in organic farming, was explained to the farmers present at the Mahotsav.

On the occasion, it was vowed by the farmers to double their agricultural production by adopting organic farming till the year 2022. Farmers exchanged their experiences of organic
farming with each other and were also felicitated. It is noteworthy that farmers Thanendra Sahu of Hathbandh, S.P Sahu and Rampratap played a significant role in making the Mahotsav a grand success.