FROM HERE & THERE

FROM HERE & THERE


Merits of mixed cropping

For reasons best known to them, most farmers of Hassan, have for long ignored the merits of mixed cropping. It is a general perception that any occupation other than agriculture is lucrative.

Also, with agriculture come troubles such as heavy borrowing from banks, the vagaries of the monsoon, pest trouble etc.

If one particular farmer takes to ginger cultivation, for instance, and makes handsome profits, then, the whole region takes to the same. Even if they reap a good harvest once, the next season, they are beset with troubles such as a sudden dip in the market prices etc.

It is only now that farmers in the region are slowly realising the importance of mixed cropping. Today, they have taken to cultivating potato, sunflower, ragi, millets and other cereals. Mixed cropping ensures that the soil is kept fertile, and full of nutrients. Such cropping ensures that the amount of chemical fertilisers generally used is cut down. In fact, one crop sustains the other, points out organic farmer C B Prasad.

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