Ryots plan organic farming in denotified land

Farmers from Permude and nearby areas during their study visit to the organically grown farm of farmer Sadashiva in Puttur.

The farmers of the region who have been extensively growing crops like paddy, areca, vegetables etc using modern methods of farming, with the withdrawal of the notification have decided to go a step closer to their land.

In the quest to do so, they have decided to go in for organic farming because they feel that with organic farming, they can really respect their land.

“When the entire episode of acquisition happened, we came to know what exactly we were losing. It was then that we actually started respecting our land more than before.

Now that we have got our land back, we would want to take care of it. Chemical fertilisers do good to none. So we have decided to take up organic farming, which is the need of the hour,” says Raghavendra, a farmer from Permude.

In this regard, over 50 farmers have started visiting the farm land of other farmers in Dakshina Kannada district who have successfully adopted organic farming. Recently, the group had been to Puttur to the plantation of a farmer named Sadashiva who has been using organic farming techniques for several years.

Not just Raghavendra, several other farmers of the region like him have decided not only to go for organic farming but have also decided to expand the variety of crops gown by them.

“We are cultivating paddy and areca in the region predominantly. We have plans of planting coconut and fruit-bearing tree saplings, etc..,” said Bhoja, a farmer from Delanthalabettu.

Krishi Bhoomi Samrakshana Samiti which has been fighting for the cause of the farmers has taken up the role of leading the farmers in this movement.

Speaking to City Herald, Samiti President Madhukar Amin said that the Samiti will act as a facilitator to the farmers in terms of dispensation of information and help. “We will organise talks from experts to help the farmers in taking up organic farming successfully.

Giving information on various Government schemes will be the main aim of the Samiti,” he said and added that there are plans of registering Samiti as a Society to help the farmers in future.

The farmers of the region have seen the strength of unity already, during their fight for their land.

Now through this unity, they are all set to bring about a revolution in farming in the region.

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