Stress laid on natural farming to preserve fertility of soil in Tinsukia

Tinsukia puts emphasis on natural farming in order to keep the soil fertile

DOOMDOOMA: Two-day Natural Farming Awareness Meet organized by ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency) at Tinsukia’s Zila Parishad office. It took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was intended to increase awareness of the benefits that natural farming can bring to farmers and the preservation of the environment. There were 86 Gram Pradhans present from Tinsukia (Doomdooma), Margherita and Sadiya.

The event was opened by Tinsukia Narsing Pawar, Deputy Commissioner (DC). Natural farming is essential for preserving soil fertility for future generations. He called on agriculture to be more sustainable by decreasing dependence upon chemical fertilizers, high-yielding hybrid seeds and using integrated farming methods.

Mridul Goswami (Block Technology Manager at ATMA), presented the principles and practices of natural farming as well as zero-budget, natural farming. Sukanya Kurmi, Spread NE Foundation’s resource person, gave a presentation about natural farming and various methods that can be used to make it happen.

Gram Pradhans watched videos showing how to make natural solutions such as Jeevamrut, Beejamrut, and Beejamrut using items that can be found at village homes, including cow urine (cow dung), cow urine, turmeric, neem and turmeric. Gram Pradhans also had the opportunity to see Spread NE’s Food Forest, Sonapur in Assam via video. They were also able learn about co-existence. Nayanjyoti Bhagowati, citing Haryana and Punjab as examples of farmers who have destroyed their soil’s fertility through the use of high-yielding chemical fertilizers, urged Gram Pradhans for awareness of natural farming and encouraged them to encourage their villages to do so.

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