They Stopped Yielding Poison for You
From the far-off interiors of Indore, he rode on a bike to Bhopal. Nandkishor Barhar was eager to know how to yield chemical-free crops. Impressed by the course teachings, he took 50 kilos of Bansi gehu (a type of wheat) and sowed them. After a few months, to everyone’s surprise, the output was 22 quintals in just one acre. It is a record, since the maximum yield using chemical farming is only between 18 to 19 quintals. Nandkishor is now determined to practice natural farming till his last breath.
You Eat Poison and Chemicals...
The agricultural sector has seen many revolutions that have promoted chemical farming. Its long-term practice has led to an incalculable catastrophe to farmers’ futures, their produce, and even their lives. In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, farmers have thrown away the can that sprays urea and switched to natural farming.
“After the use of chemicals, the water requirement of the soil increases tremendously. The chemicals and fertilizers, even under schemes, are too expensive for us. The soil does not soak water, and after some time, it becomes poisonous. So, to make it fertile again, there were no options, we had no guidance,” says Batanlal Meena, a village’s patriarch from Chandpur village in Bhopal.
The farmers here unanimously opine that pesticides are poison. The farmer’s suicides in India in the past were majorly a result of this vicious cycle of high expenses, low output, and soil turning infertile. These farmers were then reminded of how their forefathers used to do farming.
Ancient Technique – A Relief!
“We were lost and hopeless about our future. We only knew that cow dung was one of the ingredients in the ancient ways of farming, but for other techniques, The Art of Living’s Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF is a course for farmers on techniques of natural farming with minimal to no-expense) course came to our rescue,” informs Deepak Meena, a farmer from a small village of Besankheda.
He sowed 10 kilograms of wheat, taking the, in his own words, “risk to switch to natural farming”. “The output was about 70 quintals! I believe we should neither eat poison nor grow poison. Next year, I will sow in quintals,” he smiles as he shows his ready-to-harvest wheat paddy.
In their first attempts, many farmers said natural farming improved the soil’s texture and fertility to a great extent with bare minimum expenses. ZBNF requires Bos Indicus (desi cow), water, and puratan beej (seeds that are saved by the elder generation) grown without using chemicals.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Srivastava, Agricultural Extension Officer, Bhopal, has been present fortnightly to witness the success of the project. He said that ZBNF has been a welcoming change today. “When chemical fertilizers are used, the soil gets its manure, but its continuous use creates a menace for the soil,” he added. He cites an example, “Punjab was once known for its vast golden farmlands of wheat, but then it became a cancer-prone state. The farmers increased the usage of the chemicals and urea in sheer greed of more produce—a mistake.”
ZBNF Farmers – Naturally Yours!
In today’s market, everything ranging from turmeric, sesame, and coriander to milk, vegetables, and fruits are adulterated or unnatural. Through ZBNF sessions, these farmers understood the manifold effect of chemical farming beyond their soil and to the consumers. Now they have agreed to give natural farming a shot, cultivating their trust in yet another technique once more.
“Without the chemical fertilizers, the crops have such good height, shine, and smoothness—it’s incredible! With this technique, all Indian farmers will have good output, save a lot with less investment, save plenty of water, and actually generate profits from farming. And most importantly, the population of India will shine bright with naturally grown food,” adds Bisri Lal, a farmer from Chandpur.
Your Choice Makes the Difference
The farmers are on the verge of beginning a new revolution that will recreate India’s lost image as sone ki chidiya (for farmers, this expression means the land that grows bright golden wheat).
“When farmers learn ZBNF techniques and when they have a market for their natural produce, I guarantee every farmer will practice chemical-free farming. Every household will receive urea-free food,” signs off Bisri Lal.
You can choose now to reject the white poison served in the name of milk. You can opt now for a healthy apple, devoid of any invisible harmful film of wax, for your breakfast table. You can now choose to have a real meal. It all begins with your choice. Revolution begins with your choice.
Written by Monica Patel
If you like to contribute your time to our agricultural projects, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just drop in your comments below.