The Academy of Natural farming is first of its kind establised near Kollegal taluk in the state of Karnataka in India with the sole aim of bringing awareness on the illeffects of fertilizers and the benefits of reverting back to Nature.
Leading nature activist Kailash Murthy, influenced by Fukuoka's philosophy and the pragmatic approach of Prof. M D Nanjundaswamy is relentlessly working for popularizing Zero input farming in and around Karanataka State.
Human excreta is rich in soil nutrients. In a year, one person craps 4.56 kg of nitrogen (n), 0.55 kg phosphorus (p) and 1.28 kg potassium (k) enough to rejuvenate a 200-400 sq m patch. A billion can produce six million tonnes of NPK, one-third the total fertilizer usage in India.
The morning after
by , Down To Earth Magazine, 01 January, 2009
Despite standing apart from the mainstream of agricultural development, organic agriculture is penetrating the farmlands of India, slowly but surely. It is indeed remarkable that the organic model in its modern form (i e, “certified organic”) has found acceptance among diverse categories of agriculturists operating in different parts of India, under varied agro-ecological and financial conditions and often with diverse objectives. Equally diverse are the organisational frameworks that have facilitated the growth of this ecological farming technology. The organisational structures supporting smallholder organic agriculture in India fall into four forms: (1) farmers organised by a company, (2) farmers operating under NGO initiatives, (3) farmers organised or facilitated by government, and (4) farmers forming their own organisations (cooperatives, associations, self-help groups, etc).
Towards a SmootherTransition to Organic Farming
by Kasturi Das, Economic & Political Weekly, 16 June, 2007
THE Punjab State Farmers Commission has said that organic farming is not feasible in the state due to shortage of organic raw material. The commission in its report has advocated a mix of organic and synthetic chemical farming. \"Organic material like green manure available in the state is sufficient only for 20 per cent of the land,\" said G S Kalkat, the commission\'s chairman. \"Fertilizers and pesticides need to be used in the remaining cultivable land to maintain yields,\"he added.
No to organic farming
by Savvy Soumya Misra, Down To Earth Magazine, 16 January, 2009
Organic farming is often understood as a form of agriculture which uses organic inputs for the cultivation practices. But it is also about the environment, agricultural traditions, traditional seeds, animal welfare, farming communities, sensible energy use, and soil and water conservation. It is also about our family, health and welfare. Its aim is to support and strengthen the biological processes without the application of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification of organisms. It also addresses the economic and social aspect of agricultural production. According to International Federation for Organic Agricultural Movement (IFOAM), \"the role of organic agriculture, whether in farming,
Organic farming: key elements and characteristics
by Ansu Abraham, Vikas Vani Journal, 01 January, 2008