AOL to Train Karnataka Farmers in Chemical-Free Farming

Posted on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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More than 3,000 farmers from all over Karnataka will attend the 'Karnataka Organic Farmers Convention' organised by The Art of Living, Bengaluru to from January 22 to 24.

The aim of the workshop, organized by AOL in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, is to make farming in Karnataka disease-free, save the soil from chemical fertilizers and pesticides and maintain the state's sustainability and prosperity.

The inauguration programme will be in the presence of The Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The key note address will be presented by Dr. Prabhakar Rao, Trustee of Sri Sri Institute of Agriculture Sciences and technology.

The participants have an opportunity of acquiring latest know-how of agricultural practices from the expertise and scientists from different corners of Karnataka. The workshop spanning over three days intends to bring the ancient knowledge from the Vedas to the farmers.

Experienced farmers with practical knowledge in the field of chemical-free farming like Subramanya, MV. Channabyregowda, AG Hiremath, Kantharaj, Gubbaiah and Ramkrishnappa will discuss with farmers the challenges on the field and provide them with technical solutions.

The experts will talk about concepts of holistic, sustainable and eco-friendly Natural Farming practices incorporating the use of indigenous cows, with low input cost and high quality yield. They will also expose the nutraceutical benefits of millet, its production, processing and other related nuances.

As an offset of the economic burden faced, the model of local-production-local-consumption will be introduced to the farmer community. This would eliminate the middlemen from the process and encourage self-reliance, said AOL communication.

The workshop would include information on location specific technologies for nutrient management, pest management, and post-harvest management. The concept of sun harvesting and its relevance in the multi crop production system would also be elaborated upon by the experts.

Source: TOI

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