Om Jajodia, Proprietor, Krishi Kranti Kendra called upon farmers to go for organic farming so that their income would increase manifold. Jajodia was speaking at a session on ‘Cultivating nursery as a business’ organsied by Lady Entrepreneurs’ Wing of Vidarbha Industries Association (LEW-VIA) to market the celebration of Earth Day. He explained the importance of organic farming. He shed light on the opportunities in the organic farming and weak points in the marketing of produce. He insisted participants to opt for old, traditional technologies. He said, “Now-a-days nursery is the best option, we can develop yield and quality by investing less in nursery.
By adopting convention system, we can take optimum output by keeping catalizer as a nursery system.” Dr Lal Singh, Scientist, Ecosystem Division, NEERI, Nagpur conducted a session on ‘Ecological Rejuvenation Technology.’ He explained in detail about the technology which is used in contaminated, degraded polluted areas. Dr Vachaspati Pande, senior scientist of RCOF, Nagpur conducted session on ‘Skill development in organic farming and certificate courses’.
“Organic farming is a system. There is a difference between organic farming and organic certification,” he said. He said, “Vermin composting will give a better comport as the worms will bring more micro-organism diversity and vermin compost will contain more growth. Traditional compost apparently contains more mineral nutrient.” He gave example of ‘My Green Mart’ of Vasant Kalbande. “In Vidarbha region value addition is necessity, for that we have to do organic farming and processing,” he said. Rupinder Nanda conducted session on ‘Organic community farming.’ She highlighted benefits of community farming. Monali Malviya, Senior Manager of Canara Bank gave presentation on banks schemes for farmers and prospective agri entrepreneurs; success stories of successful organic farmers by Ashwini Aurangabadkar and Kirti Mangrulkar. Participants also shared their experience after the workshop.
Dr Suhas Buddhe,. Secretary – VIA made presentation on organic scenario in India. Shachi Mallick said, “This era is of rainbow movement in which India is progressing on each and every area such as education, infrastructure, technology and we have more young population so all must understand the scenario and try to show their talents in various fields. They include organic cultivation and value added products. Earlier, Reeta Lanjewar, Chairperson of LEW said, ‘Vasundhara Din’ means ‘World Earth Day’ is being celebrated every year on April 22 and to mark this day, VIA LEW had organised three days workshops on ‘Entrepreneurship in organic nursery and farming.’
She also informed about the objectives of organising workshop. Ashit Sinha, Mentor of Agro & Rural Development Forum summed up the event. Manisha Bawankar, Secretary of LEW formally proposed the vote of thanks. Prominently present in the workshop were Madhubala Singh, Y Ramani, Anjali Gupta, Vandana Sharma, Poonam Lala, Minal Khedkar and Yogita Deshmukh, Nilima Bawane, Director of The Dharampeth Mahila Multi State Co-operative Society Ltd. Workshop was largely attended by farmers, LEW members, lady entrepreneurs, working women, startups and all those who are interested in agri business.