Go the organic way

This farmer has achieved an ‘organic’ growth in the true sense of the word. Doreswamy, a young agriculturist of Shankaragowdanakoppalu in Husur taluk of Mysore district, has realised the true potential of organic farming, all by himself. Doreswamy, a high school dropout, turned his three-acre farmland into a school for himself. He took up agriculture with the dream of following organic farming methods. He chose the path on his own, without attending any workshops on organic farming. The articles which appeared in the newspapers were the only source of his information.

The beginning was not easy for Doreswamy. He suffered losses to some extent, but did not give up his commitment to organic farming. He steadfastly shunned chemical fertilisers and stuck to manure and vermicompost for his land. And his hard labour yielded rich dividends. He got a rich harvest of vegetables, which brought him good returns too. He is of the opinion that the initial loss he sustained was nothing when compared to the irreparable damage caused by fertiliser-intensive farming. Soon, success became a habit for Doreswamy. He is now growing a variety of vegetables — tomato, beans, cabbage, ridge gourd, green chilli — making optimum use of water from the borewell in his land.

“Organic farming does not require more labourers. My family helps me in the farm work. I have been able to increase the profit by bringing down expenses,” says Doreswamy.The enterprising farmer observed that his fellowmen usually suffered losses by growing the same type of vegetable. He found that one has to follow diverse cropping pattern to make profits in agriculture. He now rotates his crops — first grows beans, then shifts to tomato, ridge gourd and green chillies. This year, he has grown beans in 30 gunta of land spending about Rs 10,000. The first round of harvest yielded 700 kg of beans, earning him Rs 20,000. He expects at least eight rounds of harvest, thus taking his profit to more than Rs one lakh.

(Translated by Udaya B L)

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