This article is part of the December 2019’s Newsletter.
1/ Yes WE CAN … grow veggetables without chemicals !
2/ Improvement of the soil structure by adding compost
3/ Types of crops grown
4/ Following the progress made by the replicators
5/ Sudarshan’s venue to Switzerland and France
6/ Improving the yield of the demo farm
7/ Setting up the distribution channels
8/ Challenges of the coming months
Improvement of the soil structure by adding compost
One of our main challenges is to restore the quality of their soils that will enable farmers with good crops. The farmers received compost for their experimentation plot as a part of the starting kit. This helped them to kickstart organic produce, while their self-made compost is brewing.
As you can see in the picture below, the soil in the area tends to be quite dry. Lack of hummus in sandy soils worsen the situation even further. The monsoon season lasts only approximately four months when water is available abundantly, but for the rest of the time farmers have to rely on alternatives or not cultivate the land. A well or a groundwater pump is an expensive investment for the average farmers, so our starting kit has covered a water pump and motor to ensure sufficient irrigation.
Tilling is, as in most farmer’s mind, the only solution for preparing soils and getting rid of weeds. Nevertheless, we are promoting new techniques that aim at restructuring the soil and keeping the carbon in the ground. These techniques include soil covering to control the weeds, green manure and compost to restore and increase natural fertility in the soil.
Below, you can see how farmers implement different composting solutions such as compost with cow dung and liquid compost :