Cuttack women farmers strike gold with organic farming

Debunking the idea of ​​increasing the application of chemical pesticides to fix agricultural produce and reap more profits, farmers in Cuttack District have a different story to tell.

Women members of the Biseswar Self Help Group from the village of Budukunia under the block of Mahanga showed how the use of vermicompost and organic manure can do wonders for agricultural crops.

Locals say they have been harvesting rich paddy crops using organic farming practices for 12 years.

SHG member Urmila Sahu explained the reason behind their organic push.

“There is little chance that our farms will suffer from pests and insects because we have adopted organic farming. We feel no need to apply pesticides containing chemicals as we have been successfully harvesting crops through organic farming for over a decade. This year we have grown crops on 10 acres of land and expect a good return. At the same time, we can live a healthy life if we adopt organic farming in our daily life.

Bismita Barik, another farmer, said, “Apart from Dalua Dhana, we have grown different vegetables organically.

Vermicomposting is a process in which earthworms are used to convert organic matter into humus. Agriculture involving vermicomposting has actually worked wonders for us.

Similarly, Kulamani Sahu, a local resident, says, “Women farmers have been able to earn a good living by adopting organic farming. They literally set an example for their other women farmers.

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