Karnataka Government is investigating natural farming on 4000 acres


In an initiative unique in the country, the Karnataka government will focus on natural agriculture, growing crops on 4,000 acres without the use of chemical fertilizers and insecticides, 1,000 acres of which will be in Krishi Vigyan Kendras, which are affiliated with four colleges of agricultural sciences in the whole country.

The decision was made in response to the increasing demand for chemical-free vegetables and fruits.

Agricultural universities are used to practice chemical-free agriculture

Starting with this pre-monsoon season, the government will conduct research on chemical-free agriculture in cooperation with four agricultural institutions in Bengaluru, Dharwad, Raichur and Shivamogga. Once the yield is high, farmers are taught natural farming practices.

According to Secretary of Agriculture BC Patil, these universities are connected to large tracts of land, and natural agriculture would be introduced to 1,000 acres on each campus. He went on to say that the focus will be on crops in specific regions.

Farmers in the state grow a variety of crops, including rice, ragi, legumes, jowar, beca nut, fruits and vegetables, according to Patil. Depending on the climate and water availability, each location develops different crops.

“Instead of chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides, scientists will use green leaves, neem, cow dung and other naturally available substances to grow crops.” We will begin cultivation in these colleges in April and May, which is the pre-monsoon season.

Natural Farming: The cheaper alternative for farmers

Nature management is cheaper for Farmers, experts say, because they don’t have to spend more money on chemical-based products. “The Native Americans have practiced natural agriculture for thousands of years with the support of ancient wisdom,” said Srinivas Reddy, former director and chief scientific officer of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center (KSNDMC).

Srinivas Reddy, former Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center (KSNDMC), stated: “Chemical farming has eliminated the flora and fauna, including insects and worms, that help maintain healthy soil and the carbon concentration has dropped dramatically. It’s either now or never.”

Reddy thinks it’s a smart idea to include agricultural universities in the study. “The biggest problem will be getting academic research to farmers. Farmers will only accept them if the results are better,” he continued.


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